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CSC8380 Designing Networks

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 : 24 May 2022


Pre-requisite: CSC8540


Network design comprises deciding what routing and transmission resources are needed to provide communication services to a community or organisation, how it should be configured, and planning future upgrades. Traffic volumes to be carried, required performance levels, interoperability, exchange of routing information, providing path redundancy and numerous other considerations come into play when seeking to provide robust and reliable network connectivity which deliver good communication performance. This advanced course provides the skills for practitioners to continue to grow their expertise over a wide range of present and future networking technologies.

This course builds on previous knowledge of network routing and switching and introduces advanced concepts in networking. Router information protocols, including Border Gateway Protocol in particular, and advanced routing and switching technologies are introduced in the course. Students are also exposed to concepts of network automation and network virtualisation and some of the tools which are used to implement these. The course also seeks to provide a foundation in designing more advanced or complex networks to meet business, community, or organisational requirements. Students are expected to work with USQ-supplied virtual machines either over a fast internet connection, or on a powerful personal computer.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 24 May 2022