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CSC3413 Network Design and Analysis

Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Network Design and Analysis
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020113 - Networks and Communications
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 21 July 2021


Examiner: Ron Addie


Pre-requisite: CSC3412

Other requisites

Recommended pre-requisite: CSC3407
Students who have enrolled in or completed CSC8513 Network Performance Analysis cannot enrol in this course.


One of the main areas of work in the expanding field of Information Technology is network planning and administration. One of the tasks a network administrator must undertake from time to time is the installation or major upgrade of a network. Networks in large and even moderate companies nowadays are likely to span more than one site and to include telephony as well as TCP traffic. Security is also a great concern for network administrators, especially when their traffic is exposed to the internet. This course will provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge, and the experience, to be able to analyse their networks and to design their new and upgraded networks using the latest technology.


Students will gain an in depth knowledge and understanding of computer networks. The following networking subjects: queueing theory; performance of communication networks including measurement, modelling and analysis of network performance including reliability, packet loss, throughput and delay, and security; network architecture including layering of networks; network design including dimensioning (deciding how fast/many of the links switches, routers and servers there should be), routing design (where traffic should go), topological design (where to put new links) and security (authentication, VLAN's, firewalls) are covered. Students will investigate and solve a series of example problems of network analysis and design of increasing complexity.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Estimate the performance of a link;
  2. Measure the traffic levels and the performance on a network;
  3. Analyse a network from the point of view of delay, congestion and reliability;
  4. Select an appropriate architecture for a new network;
  5. Choose and test the necessary routing information in the key routers and switches in a network;
  6. Select an appropriate architecture for a new network;
  7. Choose appropriate hardware, network topology, link capacities and router capacities in a new network.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Queueing theory 10.00
2. Measurement 15.00
3. Performance Analysis 20.00
4. Network architecture 10.00
5. Network design 20.00
6. Security design 15.00
7. Planning 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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R.G. Addie 2012, Algorithms and Models for Network Analysis and Design, USQ, Toowoomba.
(This book is provided as an acrobat document. Other references will be provided from the course web site as required.)
All textbooks and materials are available from the course web site. The main reference is as above.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
All references required will be available via the course web site.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Examinations 3.00
Lectures 13.00
Private Study 120.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 03 Aug 2021 1,3
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 20 07 Sep 2021 5
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 20 05 Oct 2021 2,3,4,6,7
OPEN EXAMINATION - ONLINE 50 50 End S2 1,3,5,7 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4).

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    AN Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed, written, or online material as well as a calculator.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. If requested, students will be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being made.

  2. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

Other requirements

  1. Students will be granted a deferred examination only if they perform satisfactorily in all other assessment items.

Date printed 21 July 2021