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Multimedia Content Delivery (ELEN90014)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeELEN90014
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


A study of underpinning requirements, technologies, standards, industry developments, trends and network architectures in the delivery of multimedia (including audio and video) telecommunications services.

This is structured in three phases:

  1. Human perception of multimedia (vision and hearing), which establishes a set of fundamental requirements for signal structure, sampling and fidelity
  2. Technologies common to the representation and delivery of multimedia are introduced, including media formats, data compression, data description, copyright protection, streaming, content delivery networks and error recovery
  3. The major categories of multimedia service (Internet streaming, broadcast television, videoconferencing, Video-on-demand, etc.) are analysed, recognising the role of the above technologies in these systems and introducing additional components necessary to satisfy customers or users of the services


Topics include:

  • Introduction to multimedia services and their requirements;
  • Audio, video and image compression technologies for transmission and storage;
  • Multiplexing and packaging techniques;
  • Error detection, protection, recovery and concealment;
  • Media streaming solutions;
  • Media servers and storage techniques;
  • Content delivery networks;
  • Technical methods for protection of copyright and content distribution rights;
  • Workflow in multimedia production and publishing systems;
  • Key multimedia services and their delivery solutions (Internet streaming, IPTV, video-on-demand, digital TV and video calling);
  • Emerging technologies in multimedia distribution and content delivery.

Intended learning outcomes


Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  1. Understand the principles of human audio and visual perception and how it impacts on electronic reproduction
  2. Understand the working principles of relevant data compression methods, multimedia containers and multiplexing, content delivery systems, intellectual property rights protection, multimedia servers and storage, metadata and back-end systems necessary to deliver multimedia
  3. Understand the requirements and technical solutions which satisfy them, for the delivery of major classes of multimedia services (Video-on-demand, IPTV, Video calling, Internet streaming, etc.)
  4. Understand the technical literature associated with this subject, carry out their own literature-based research project, synthesise their own view, report on the topic and communicate it effectively

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, the students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • An advanced understanding of how a knowledge base evolves;
  • An ability to identify weaknesses and risks in technical solutions;
  • Analytical, critical and creative thinking, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • A sense of intellectual curiosity;
  • An ability to interpret data and research results;
  • An ability to learn in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies;
  • An ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature;
  • A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work.

Last updated: 22 August 2019