SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH124465
Module Leader Jacqueline Riley
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Mathematics 1 or equivalent CCNA or equivalent

Summary of Content

The module is designed to equip the student with modelling skills that will develop the ability to analyse and review complex networking systems and understand the theoretical underpinning of simulation and gain competency in the use of a simulation package. This module will focus on the transport of multimedia traffic over a variety of communication networks. It will concentrate on the relationships between different types of multimedia traffic, network infrastructures and network protocols in regard to achieving the required Quality-of-Service parameters for multimedia applications. Emphasis will be given to modern high speed communication networks designed to carry high volumes of heterogeneous traffic. LAN/MAN/WAN models with various protocols and different multimedia traffic will be developed and simulated over the semester to investigate the behaviour and limitations of such networks.


An introduction to simulation methodology. Input data Random numbers, Sampling - discrete and continuous variants. Output data-steady state and transient phases. Data analysis including hypothesis testing and data presentation. Multimedia Communications, Networks and Applications The Internet and TCP, RTP and RTCP. IP Quality of Service Models, Best-Effort Model, IntServ Model, DiffServ Model, Intserv QoS Model, RSVP and the IntServ QoS Model, RSVP Operation, Diffserv QoS Queuing Implementations, Congestion Avoidance, Traffic Policing and Shaping, End-to-End QoS. Wireless standards and QOS

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:1 - Utilise simulation methodology to critically assess the requirements of a network system to meet the conflicting needs of interested parties within an organisation;2 - Develop a simulation model of the network and develop scenarios for testing to fulfil the requirements of the organisation; 3 - Critically analyse the simulated model via the use of appropriate statistical analysis and synthesize the results into a justifiable recommendation to the organization.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will be used to introduce the theoretical aspects of the course. Lecture work will be supported by tutorials involving problem solving and worked examples. Practical sessions will be used to evaluate network performance and to use simulation models. Students will be expected to carry out a significant amount of directed study and self learning. The university 'Strategy for Learning' has informed the learning and teaching strategy for this module. The module's material will be introduced through lectures, while practical laboratory exercises, based on lecture material, will be given to students whereby the will create and analyse simulation models. Tutorials will be used to help explain and elaborate on both the lecture material and the laboratory exercises. All lecture, tutorial and laboratory material will be available on GCU Learn and links will be provided to appropriate external material such as podcasts, videos and literature. GCU Learn will also be used to provide the students with module specific forums to stimulate student and lecturer interaction out-with the normal lecture, laboratory and tutorial session. During all laboratory and tutorial sessions students will receive formative feedback on their performance in undertaking the laboratory and tutorial exercises. Summative feedback will be issued to students within 3 weeks for the class tests undertaken as part of this module.

Indicative Reading

The Practical OPNET User Guide for Computer Network Simulation, Adarshpal S. Sethi, Vasil Y. Hnatyshin, August 24, 2012 by Chapman and Hall/CRC, ISBN 9781439812051. Statistics for engineers (an introduction), John Wiley & Sons, 2009, ISBN: 9780470745564, 0470745568 Handbook of Simulation: Principles, Methodology, Advances, Applications, and Practice, Jerry Banks (Editor) ISBN: 978-0-471-13403-9, 1998

Transferrable Skills

Simulation and Network section provide: Numeracy and Problem Solving Critical thinking and problem solving Cognitive/intellectual skills Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject LAB studies provide: Time management: organising and planning work Independent working Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development General Cognitive Skills C1 Logical thinking and problem solving. C2 Critical analysis. C3 Effective information management, retrieval and research skills for independent enquiry and learning. Communication & Numeracy D1 Communication skills (Electronic, written, oral and listening) necessary to make effective presentation of a technical nature (information, ideas, problems and their solution) to a range of audiences. D2 Numeracy in both understanding and presenting cases involving a quantitative dimension. Autonomy, accountability and working with others E1 Awareness of my strengths and weaknesses E2 Creativity, innovation and independent thinking. E3 Appreciating and desiring the need for reflection and planning for self-learning and improving performance as the foundation for CPD and life-long learning. E4 Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness. E5 Entrepreneurial, independence and risk taking. E6 Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). E7 Interpersonal skills, the ability to work as a member of a team (work with and relate effectively to others) recognising the different roles within a team and different ways of organising teams (leadership).

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 146.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 6.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% unseen written exam
Coursework 1 3.00 50.00 35% Lab exam