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32209 Advanced Topics in Computer Networks

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UTS: Information Technology: Electrical and Data Engineering
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Recommended studies: A basic knowledge of statistics and/or experience in programming in C, C++ or Java


This subject allows students to study several major advanced topics in networking in depth in an informal, small group situation. Learning is based around a series of readings, where a set of readings is discussed each week by the students and the subject coordinator.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental issues in research in computer networking.
2. Be aware of latest developments in computer networks
3. Critically evaluate existing state of the art computer, communication and networking technologies.
4. Critically evaluate a particular research and development approach in networking research.
5. Explain and relate the key issues in internetworking research.

Required texts

The Subject Coordinator chooses set of topics to study and a set of key papers for each topic. Learning is based on personal study and discussion on chosen topics within the small group environment.

There are several formal lectures presented at the beginning of the subject to provide a common background for various research issues in computer networking technology.

Planned 3-hour session per week. These sessions will be used for lectures, tutorials, student presentations and discussion. Formal lectures will be scheduled for the first 3 - 5 weeks of the subject. The rest of the semester will be used for student presentations, group discussion and tutorials.

Recommended texts

  1. Kurose, J. F., and Ross, K. W. Computer Networking – A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet, Addison Wesley, 2010.
  2. Peterson, L. L., and Davies, B. S. Computer Networks –A Systems Approach, 3rd Edition, Morgan Kaufmann, 2003.


  1. The UTS Coursework Assessment Policy & Procedure Manual, at <>.
  2. Jochen, S. Mobile Communications. 2nd Edition, Addison Wesley, 2003.
  3. Stallings, W. Wireless Communications and networks. Prentice Hall, 2002.
  4. Internet RFCs.