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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedNot offered in 2011


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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