ELEC 7002 Advanced Data Networks

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 300173

Coordinator Ranjith Liyanapathirana Opens in new window

Description This unit covers all major network technologies: asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), Internet, and telephony. Essential networking topics such as protocol layering, multiple access, switching, scheduling, routing, congestion control, error and flow control, and network security are covered in detail. An engineering approach is taken to provide insight into network design.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program

Assumed Knowledge

Communication Systems / Digital Communication.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain network topologies and communication architectures
  2. Explain and apply advanced level networking concepts and functions
  3. Describe and analyze common protocols used in telephone networks, the Internet and ATM networks.

Subject Content

Introductory concepts: network topologies, packet switching, datagram packet switching and virtual circuits.
Queuing Theory: M/M/1 and other queues, simple applications.
ATM Switching: Service categories, protocol formats, switch fabric architectures
High-speed LANs
Security: private and public key encryption, authentication and digital signatures.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Seminar and individual written report No more than 15 pages 20 N Individual
Practicals assessed as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory 3 hours per week for 5 weeks S/U N Individual
Mid-term Quiz (Closed Book) 1 hour 25 N Individual
Final Exam (Closed Book) 2 hours 55 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Parramatta City - Macquarie St


Subject Contact Ranjith Liyanapathirana Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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