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ITEC803 – Advanced Topics in Computer Networks

2019 – S1 Evening

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Adjunct Lecturer
Milton Baar
Contact via 04 1927 9847
By agreement
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
ITEC647 or admission to MCyberSec with a specialisation in Internetworking
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
comp703
Unit description Unit description
This unit aims to address various advanced aspects of networking, particularly the current and emerging research topics in network. The focus will be on material drawn from the recent research literature. Topics include but are not limited to label switching, VPN architectures, Inter-domain routing, advanced multicast routing models, traffic engineering, congestion control, quality of service, and multimedia networks. The unit consists of lecture, reading, discussion and assignment components.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate working knowledge of the key technologies for each network layer and their interaction.
  2. Analyse and Design network architectures and security and demonstrate working knowledge of how architectural components may be secured.
  3. Demonstrate working knowledge of the key concepts, techniques and mechanisms in networking such as addressing, routing, multicast, label switching and TCP.
  4. Demonstrate working knowledge of network security in ad-hoc and hostile environments, including threat-actors, attack surface mitigation and alternate pathways.
  5. Demonstrate working knowledge of the design and analysis of real time multimedia networks, their limitations and potential misuse.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Quiz 1 10% No Week 4
Quiz 2 10% No Week 8
Class presentation 10% No Once during the unit
Assignment 30% No Week 12
Final Exam 40% Yes TBA

Quiz 1

Due: Week 4
Weighting: 10%

Quiz 1 is online and closed book and will be based on lecture material for Weeks 1-4. 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the key technologies for each network layer and their interaction.
  • Analyse and Design network architectures and security and demonstrate working knowledge of how architectural components may be secured.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the key concepts, techniques and mechanisms in networking such as addressing, routing, multicast, label switching and TCP.

Quiz 2

Due: Week 8
Weighting: 10%

Quiz 2 is online and closed book and will be based on lecture material for Weeks 5-8. 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the key technologies for each network layer and their interaction.
  • Analyse and Design network architectures and security and demonstrate working knowledge of how architectural components may be secured.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the key concepts, techniques and mechanisms in networking such as addressing, routing, multicast, label switching and TCP.

Class presentation

Due: Once during the unit
Weighting: 10%

During the unit, each student will undertake a review and analysis of one item from the reading material list, and then make a 30 minute presentation to the class demonstrating their understanding of the topic area.  All students must attend each week, even if they are not presenting.  Your attendance will every week will count towards your own presentation mark.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of network security in ad-hoc and hostile environments, including threat-actors, attack surface mitigation and alternate pathways.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the design and analysis of real time multimedia networks, their limitations and potential misuse.

Assignment

Due: Week 12
Weighting: 30%

The assignment will be defined in iLearn and will have a research and analysis component. This is an individual assignment and you must attempt it independently.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of network security in ad-hoc and hostile environments, including threat-actors, attack surface mitigation and alternate pathways.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the design and analysis of real time multimedia networks, their limitations and potential misuse.

Final Exam

Due: TBA
Weighting: 40%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

An examination allows us to individually and securely assess student's mastery of the coursework material. The examination material will be covered by learning outcomes #1 to #5. The examination will be closed book and three (3) hours in length.  It is held in the usual examination period of the semester. Students have 3 hours written time plus 10 minutes reading time to complete the sections of the exam.

This is a hurdle assessment: Students must obtain at least 50% in the final exam to be eligible to pass the unit. Students obtaining between 40% and 50% in the first attempt will be automatically given a second attempt to pass the hurdle requirement.

Regarding the examination process, note that:

  • you must attend all required classes and submit all required assessment tasks
  • you are expected to present yourself for examination at the time and place designated in the University Examination Timetable
  • the timetable will be available in Draft form approximately eight weeks before the commencement of the examinations and in Final form approximately four weeks before the commencement of examinations
  • no early examinations for individuals or groups of students will be set. All students are expected to ensure that they are available until the end of the teaching semester, that is the final day of the official examination period
  • the only exception to not sitting an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. In these circumstances you may wish to consider applying for Special Consideration.

 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the key technologies for each network layer and their interaction.
  • Analyse and Design network architectures and security and demonstrate working knowledge of how architectural components may be secured.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the key concepts, techniques and mechanisms in networking such as addressing, routing, multicast, label switching and TCP.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of network security in ad-hoc and hostile environments, including threat-actors, attack surface mitigation and alternate pathways.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the design and analysis of real time multimedia networks, their limitations and potential misuse.

Delivery and Resources

ITEC803 is taught via lectures and informal tutorial sessions. Practical work in the Network Labs is not a part of the unit design.

Classes

Classes are held from 6-10pm Tuesday evenings.  From week 2 onwards, students will make an in-class presentation on a topic of their choice within the weekly topic areas; more details will be provided in week 1.  Student attendance an interaction with the weekly speakers is a component of youor assessment mark; you must attend all presentations throughout the unit.

Lectures

Lectures are used to explore advanced computer network technologies and design and put them in a wider context. You are encouraged to ask questions of the lecturer, both during and outside the lecture, to clarify anything you might not be sure of.  There will be industry-based guest lectures to provide up-to-date information and Q&A.

It should be noted that no single text book completely covers the content of this unit. A large portion of the lecture material is drawn from the Internet standard documents called the "Request For Comments" or RFC. Students are encouraged to read RFCs of relevant topics to gain a solid understanding of the topics that are covered.

Quizzes

There will be two quizzes in the following weeks: 4 and 8. A quiz is a short test that will be based on your previously covered lecture material. For example, week 4 quiz will be based on lectures done in weeks 1-4. The quizzes will be online through iLearn. These quizzes contribute 20% of the total mark and serve as a feedback mechanism to monitor your progress in the unit.

Tutorial

The tutorial gives you the opportunity to interact with your peers and with the lecturer. The tutorial sessions involve informal discussions with your peers and the lecturer.  On some weeks, you will be given problems to solve prior to the tutorial; preparing solutions is important because it will allow you to discuss the problems effectively with your lecturer and maximise the feedback you get on your work.

Assignments

Your assignment is to be submitted via iLearn. Late submission of the assignment will be accepted, but penalised at the rate of 10% per day late. If you cannot submit assignments on time because of illness or other circumstances, please contact the convenor at the earliest possible time.

General Notes

In this unit, you should do the following:

  • Attend lectures, take notes, ask questions.
  • Attend your tutorial, seek feedback from your lecturer on your work.
  • Prepare for and strive to do well in the two quizzes.
  • Read appropriate sections of the text, add to your notes and prepare questions for your lecturer/tutor.
  • Prepare answers to tutorial questions.
  • Work on any assignments that have been released.
  • Participate Practicals and associate theory with practice.

Lecture notes will be made available each week, after the lecture has finished; these notes are intended as an outline of the lecture and are intended to be a companion to your own notes and the other reading material.

Optional Recommended Texts

Text

D. Comer, Computer Networks and Internets: Global Edition, Pearson 2016.

OR

D. Comer, Internetworking with TCP/IP, vol. 1, 6th Edition, Prentice Hall 2006.

 

Other Useful Books

A.S. Tanenbaum and D. J. Wetherall., Computer Networks, Prentice Hall, 5th Edition. Pearson Education, 2010.

J.F. Kurose and K.W. Ross, Computer Networking: A Top Down Approach, 7th Edition, Pearson 2017

W. Stallings, Business Data Communications- Infrastructure, Networking and Security, 7th Edition, Pearson 2013

Technology Used and Required

You may provide your own technology to read course material.

Unit Schedule

Week Topic
1 Course overview
2 BGP - interdomain routing protocol
3 RIP and OSPF
4 MPLS part 1
5 MPLS part 2
6 Multicast DNS
7 Realtime networking
8 Mobile networks part 1
9 Mobile networks part 2
10 Introduction to QoS
11 IntServ/DiffServ
12 Introduction to cryptography
13 Course conclusion and exam review

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Undergraduate students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Disruption

If you apply for Disruption to Study for your final examination, you must make yourself available for the period in which supplementary exams are held; the Computing Department will publish this date.  If you are not available at that time, there is no guarantee an additional examination time will be offered. Specific examination dates and times will be determined at a later date. 

Second-chance hurdle examinations

Second-chance hurdle examinations will also be offered in the same week as supplementary exams.  You will be notified by the Computing Department of your eligibility for a hurdle retry and you must also make yourself available during that week to take advantage of this opportunity.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the key technologies for each network layer and their interaction.
  • Analyse and Design network architectures and security and demonstrate working knowledge of how architectural components may be secured.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the key concepts, techniques and mechanisms in networking such as addressing, routing, multicast, label switching and TCP.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of network security in ad-hoc and hostile environments, including threat-actors, attack surface mitigation and alternate pathways.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the design and analysis of real time multimedia networks, their limitations and potential misuse.

Assessment tasks

  • Quiz 1
  • Quiz 2
  • Class presentation
  • Assignment
  • Final Exam

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the key technologies for each network layer and their interaction.
  • Analyse and Design network architectures and security and demonstrate working knowledge of how architectural components may be secured.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the key concepts, techniques and mechanisms in networking such as addressing, routing, multicast, label switching and TCP.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of network security in ad-hoc and hostile environments, including threat-actors, attack surface mitigation and alternate pathways.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the design and analysis of real time multimedia networks, their limitations and potential misuse.

Assessment tasks

  • Class presentation
  • Assignment
  • Final Exam

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the key technologies for each network layer and their interaction.
  • Analyse and Design network architectures and security and demonstrate working knowledge of how architectural components may be secured.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the key concepts, techniques and mechanisms in networking such as addressing, routing, multicast, label switching and TCP.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of network security in ad-hoc and hostile environments, including threat-actors, attack surface mitigation and alternate pathways.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the design and analysis of real time multimedia networks, their limitations and potential misuse.

Assessment tasks

  • Quiz 1
  • Quiz 2
  • Class presentation
  • Assignment
  • Final Exam

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Assessment task

  • Class presentation

Standards

Four standards, namely HD, D, CR, P summarise as many different levels of achievement. Each standard is precisely defined to help students know what kind of performance is expected to deserve a certain mark. The standards corresponding to the sample learning outcomes of this unit are given below:

 

L.O P CR D HD
L.O.#1        
Understand the key technologies for each network layer. Provide basic description and definitions  of layer network architecture Describe across most of the topics in  layered network architecture and implementations. Discuss with breadth across most of the topics in  layered network architecture and implementations Discuss with breadth and depth across most of  the topics in  layered network architecture and implementations
L.O. #2        
Competence in  analysis of network protocols. Perform basic analysis of network protocols Perform detailed analysis of network protocols Perform advanced analysis of network protocol Demonstrate in-depth analysis of network protocols
 L.O. #3        
Understand the key concepts, techniques and mechanisms in networking such as addressing, routing, multicast and TCP. Describe and apply limited set of the key networking concepts and mechanisms. Discuss some of the key networking concepts and mechanisms. Discuss most of the key networking concepts and mechanisms. Discuss and apply most of  the networking concepts and mechanisms.
L.O. #4        
Appreciate key issues related to network security and application layer design. Describe limited set of key issues related to network security and application layer design Explain some of  the key issues related to network security and application layer design Explain most of the key issues related to network security and application layer design Discuss in depth all of the key issues related to network security and application layer design
L.O. #5        
Competence in analysis and evaluation of significant applications of networks. Analyse and evaluate limited set of significant network applications  Analyse and evaluate limited set of significant network applications  Analyse and evaluate limited set of significant network applications  Analyse and evaluate limited set of significant network applications

 

 Grading

At the end of the semester, you will receive a grade that reflects your achievement in the unit

  • Fail (F): does not provide evidence of attainment of all learning outcomes. There is missing or partial or superficial or faulty understanding and application of the fundamental concepts in the field of study; and incomplete, confusing or lacking communication of ideas in ways that give little attention to the conventions of the discipline.
  • Pass (P): provides sufficient evidence of the achievement of learning outcomes. There is demonstration of understanding and application of fundamental concepts of the field of study; and communication of information and ideas adequately in terms of the conventions of the discipline. The learning attainment is considered satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the specified outcomes.
  • Credit (Cr): provides evidence of learning that goes beyond replication of content knowledge or skills relevant to the learning outcomes. There is demonstration of substantial understanding of fundamental concepts in the field of study and the ability to apply these concepts in a variety of contexts; plus communication of ideas fluently and clearly in terms of the conventions of the discipline.
  • Distinction (D): provides evidence of integration and evaluation of critical ideas, principles and theories, distinctive insight and ability in applying relevant skills and concepts in relation to learning outcomes. There is demonstration of frequent originality in defining and analysing issues or problems and providing solutions; and the use of means of communication appropriate to the discipline and the audience.
  • High Distinction (HD): provides consistent evidence of deep and critical understanding in relation to the learning outcomes. There is substantial originality and insight in identifying, generating and communicating competing arguments, perspectives or problem solving approaches; critical evaluation of problems, their solutions and their implications; creativity in application.

In this unit, your final grade depends on your performance in each part of the assessment. For each task, you receive a mark that combines your standard of performance regarding each learning outcome assessed by this task. Then the different component marks are added up to determine your total mark out of 100. Your grade then depends on this total mark and your overall standards of performance.

In order to pass the unit, you must obtain a total mark of 50% or higher and a mark of 50% or higher in the final examination.  The final examination is a hurdle assessment and Students must obtain at least 50% in the final exam to be eligible to pass the unit. Students obtaining between 40% and 50% in the first attempt will be automatically given a second attempt to pass the hurdle requirement.

Students obtaining a higher grade than a pass in this unit will (in addition to the above)         

    • have a total mark of 85% or higher and perform at distinction level or higher in the final examination to obtain High Distinction;
    • have a total mark of 75% or higher and perform at credit level or higher in the final examination to obtain Distinction;
    • have a total mark of 65% or higher  and perform at pass level but with 50% or higher in the final examination to obtain Credit.

In this unit, your final grade depends on your performance in each part of the assessment. For each task, you receive a mark that combines your standard of performance regarding each learning outcome assessed by this task. Then the different component marks are added up to determine your total mark out of 100. Your grade then depends on this total mark and your overall standards of performance.

If you receive special consideration for the final exam, a supplementary exam will be scheduled in the interval between the regular exam period and the start of the next session.  By making a special consideration application for the final exam you are declaring yourself available for a resit during the supplementary examination period and will not be eligible for a second special consideration approval based on pre-existing commitments.  Please ensure you are familiar with the policy prior to submitting an application. You can check the supplementary exam information page on FSE101 in iLearn (bit.ly/FSESupp) for dates, and approved applicants will receive an individual notification one week prior to the exam with the exact date and time of their supplementary examination. If you are given a second opportunity to sit the final examination as a result of failing to meet the minimum mark required, you will be offered that chance during the same supplementary examination period and will be notified of the exact day and time after the publication of final results for the unit.