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CSC3413 Network Design and Analysis

Semester 2, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Wencheng Yang


Pre-requisite: CSC3412


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.

Course learning outcomes

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

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.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay 1 No 10 1,3
Assignments Written Essay 2 No 20 5
Assignments Written Essay 3 No 20 2,3,4,6,7
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,3,5,7
Date printed 27 June 2022