The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course provides an introduction to the networking principles & techniques of design, implementation, and analysis of telecommunications networks which are instrumental technologies underlying many modern systems. Topics include: basis of voice, video and data communication, SONET/SDH, network topologies, architecture, switching techniques, network design, basic queuing analysis, protocols, Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN), Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), Internet Protocol (IP), Routing Techniques, Network Security, Performance Analysis and Network Simulation.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand basic and some advanced concepts and techniques of telecommunications networks.

2. Develop problem solving approaches as applied in telecommunications networking areas.

3. Able to analyse performance of basic communication networks using both analytical and simulation techniques.

4. Understand telecommunication network design techniques and practical implementation issues.

5. Understand the basic properties of internet and telecommunications traffic properties.


  1. OSI model and its applications in telecommunication networks.
  2. Basic digital communication techniques and transmission mediums.
  3. Circuit and packet switching techniques.
  4. Queuing and Teletraffic theories.
  5. Multiplexing techniques.
  6. Network topologies, multiple access protocols, TCP/IP.
  7. Routing and flow control techniques.
  8. Packet Switched Network Architecture.
  9. Optical Networks.
  10. Network Security

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Report: Assignments

Quiz: Quizzes

Report: Lab Reports x 5

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term