SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH624695
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

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- Introduction, Sampling - discrete and continuous variants Output data steady state and transient phases, data analysis, data presentation Multimedia Communications Multimedia Networks, Multimedia Applications Converged Network Connectivity Requirements 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 Model Classification and Marking at the Link Layer, Queuing Implementations Congestion Avoidance,Traffic Policing and Shaping, End-to-End QoS WLAN QoS IEEE 802.11 MAC standard, IEEE 802.11e Standard for WLAN QoS WLAN QoS Backoff Timing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Discuss standard models of communication in relation to multimedia, the need for QoS and the methods to implement QoS. (AM1)2. Explain the role of simulation and the types of applications to which the simulation approach can be applied; (AM1)3. Critically analyse complex networking systems for consideration of potential improvements; (AM4, AM5 & AM7)4. Critically evaluate performance of networks based on output from models; (AM6)5. Evaluate the factors which affect the Quality-of-Service of networked multimedia; (AM1, AM5)6. Develop a simulation model of a small MAN/WAN communication network using a variety of protocols and various types of multimedia traffic, and analyse the results of such a simulation to determine network performance and network limitations. ( AM5 & AM8)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will be used to introduce the theoretical aspects of the course. 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

Indicative Reading

-360 1. Edited by Ricardo F. Garzia, Mario R. Garzia (1990) , Network modeling, simulation, and analysis, New York : M. Dekker, ISBN 0824778766 2. Maria Carla Calzarossa, Erol Gelenbe (2004), Performance tools and applications to networked systems : revised tutorial lectures / Berlin ; New York : Springer, ISBN 3540219455 3. Larry L. Peterson and Bruce S. Davie (2011), Computer Networks - A Systems Approach , 5th Edition , Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking. M. Vander Schaar and P. Chou (2007), Multimedia over IP and Wireless Networks: Compression, Networking, and Systems, Elsevier.

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

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Practicals (FT) 28.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - unseen exam 3 hour duration
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Assignment -Open ended simulation task-1500 words
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid-term test - unseen test 90 minutes duration