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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedNot offered in 2010


This unit will cover network design, performance modelling and analysis. Queuing models (M/M/1, M/M/k, M/M/k/k, M/G/1), networks of queues. Multi-access systems (splitting, reservation, carrier sensing), routing techniques (shortest path, Bellman-Ford, Dijkstra, adaptive routing, flooding). Quality of service (QoS) aspects, flow control, connection admission control and other traffic management functions - ATM, IntServ and DiffServ models. Network topology design and performance modelling.


At the completion of this unit students will have an understanding of:

  • the general concepts of queuing theory and its application in network design;
  • traffic dimensioning for circuit and packet switched networks;
  • network performance modelling and analysis;
  • traffic characterisation and modelling;
  • network topology and routing techniques;
  • key Quality of Service (QoS) measures and functions;
  • analysis and evaluation of the operation of a local or wide area telecommunications network;
  • major design aspects of a local or wide area network, including cable and wireless networks.


Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorials/wk




ECE4045, ECE5045, CSE5805, CSE5808.

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