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Broadband Access Networking and Design (ELEN90016)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeELEN90016
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


This subject develops the professional value of students through building knowledge, skill, and confidence in the area of Broadband Access Networking and Design. Students will develop their skills of analysing and documenting customer requirements, evaluating a range of technologies, and developing an integrated solution.


Topics include:

  • Basic principles of the design of an access solution, including the application of basic economic optimisation principles;
  • Overview of Internet protocols and services;
  • Quality of Service, managed solutions, and Virtual Private Networking;
  • Management issues in access networks, especially performance and security;
  • Technological, economic and regulatory aspects of the use of twisted-pair technology;
  • Optical access network technologies;
  • Wireless technologies including terrestrial radio and satellite (as used for access);
  • Case study of practical access network design.

Intended learning outcomes


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

  1. Analyse and document customer requirements
  2. Evaluate technologies relative to customer requirements
  3. Apply professional knowledge and skills to solve problems
  4. Develop, in outline, an engineering solution that delivers value to customers

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, the student will have developed the following skills:

  • Problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Critical and creative thinking, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • Sense of intellectual curiosity;
  • Ability to interpret data and research results;
  • Ability to learn in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies;
  • Capacity to confront unfamiliar problems;
  • Ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature;
  • Ability to develop models of practical applications and evaluate their performance by rigorous analytical means.

Last updated: 10 July 2019