CE321-6-AU-CO: Network Engineering
Department: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No
Dr Martin Reed
Dr Martin Reed
CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770
|Module is taught during the following terms
After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:
1. Understand the principles behind simulating and analysing network performance using basic concepts in traffic theory
2. Discuss and analyse the fundamental principles behind contemporary network architectures and protocols, and understand how and why new protocols are created by standardization bodies
3. Explain and configure Internet routing protocols for interconnecting WAN and LAN technologies
4. Understand the principles of access technologies and configure routers to use these technologies
5. Assess the suitability of relevant WAN protocols within a modern communications infrastructure
Elementary traffic theory and communications switching theory
o The Erlang and basic concepts in traffic theory
o Principles of computer simulation
Network architectures and principles of network protocols
o Core, metro and access networking
o Transport network technologies - MPLS, SDH
o Communicating routing algorithms and protocols
o The standardization process (case study - the evolution and development of MPLS)
Data link layer protocols
o PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol)
o ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network)
o Frame Relay
o DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)
Wide area network access
o Configuring routers for WAN access
o Comparison of WAN protocols
o Securing WAN networks
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lectures and Cisco laboratory
30 per cent Coursework Mark, 70 per cent Exam Mark
Assignment: Connecting Networks - Report and Packet Tracer simulation, weighting = 15%, submitted in Week 9.
Cisco Connecting Networks Test (online MCQ), weighting = 15%, to take place in Week 16.
Exam Duration and Period
2:00 during Summer Examination period.
STUDENTS SHOULD NOTE THAT THIS MODULE INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO REVIEW AND CHANGE
This module includes Cisco CCNA Connecting Networks, (Semester 4) which requires that students have taken CCNA Semseters 1-3 as taught in CE155 and CE231. Thus both of these modules are required as a prerequisite. This module information is subject to review and change.
- Reading list
- * Cisco Networking Academy, Connecting Networks a Companion Guide (Cisco Press 2014)
- * Tanenbaum, A.S., and , David J. Wetherall, (2011) Computer Networks, Prentice-Hall; 5th ed. TK 5105.5.T2
- * PETERSON, L.L. and DAVIE, B.S., Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, Fourth Edition, Morgan Kaufmann, 2007.
- * DAVIE, B and REKHTER, Y., MPLS Technology and Applications, Morgan Kaufmann, 2000.