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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Electronic Engineering Short Name: EEM.NSM
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: HOWARTH MP Dr (Elec Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability


Assessment Pattern

Components of Assessment
Percentage Weighting
2-hour written examination
Closed book
Java-based laboratory assignment or Essay-based assignment

Qualifying Condition(s):

MSc students on the CNS pathway, MSc students of other pathways who have done the Object-Oriented Design and C++ module in the autumn semester and MEng students are to do the Java-based laboratory assignment. Other students, including part-time students, may do the essay-based assignment.







An aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module.

Module Overview

EE3.din (EEE3007)

Module Aims

To introduce and explain in some depth the principles, functions, frameworks and approaches used for the management and control of telecommunications and packet networks and services, including network configuration for resource optimisation and service fulfilment.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

 ·         Illustrate network and service management and control principles.

 ·         Understand different types of management information modelling, including table-based, function-based and object-oriented paradigms.

  ·         Critically evaluate and be able to program/use basic network management technologies such as SNMP

 ·         Apply and critically assess and evaluate techniques, mechanisms and protocols used for resource optimisation in intra- and inter-domain traffic engineering.

 ·         Understand how network configuration for resource optimisation can be used to satisfy quality of service guarantees of contracted services to customers.

  ·         Illustrate basic principles of network measurement and monitoring techniques.

·         Apply and critically evaluate techniques and mechanisms for fault management in operational networks

 ·         Describe and critically evaluate mechanisms for security management in operational networks

Understand emerging technologies including policy based network management and network virtualisation

Module Content

Introduction and Management Models (3 hours) [NW]




Network and service management and control principles. The management functional areas. Layered management architectures.







The manager-agent model: managed objects, structure of management information, the management information base, management services and protocols, communication and awareness principles. 







Management Technologies (3 hours) [NW]




Detailed examination of the relevant characteristics and comparison of (1) Internet Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and (2) OSI Systems Management (OSI-SM) and CMIS/P. Command-Line Interface (CLI)-based management and NetConf.







Network Configuration for Intra-domain Traffic Engineering (5 hours) [MH]




Introduction to Traffic Engineering (TE), configuration/provisioning cycle, offline/dynamic TE.  Expected utilisation optimisation, load balancing, TE objectives.  The limitations of shortest-path routing.  MPLS-based TE through explicit paths.  IP-based TE through link weight setting.  Configuration using SNMP.  Introduction to advanced TE for coping with traffic dynamics.







Network Configuration for Inter-domain Traffic Engineering (4 hours) [MH]




Inter-domain Internet structure.  Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) principles.  Inbound and Outbound TE, and how BGP can be used to influence them.  Offline inter-domain TE through egress router selection. Configuration using SNMP.







Service Management and QoS (4 hours) [NW]




Basic concepts in service management, including service level agreement/specification, service subscription and invocation. Quality of Service management and provisioning strategies and approaches.







Network Measurement (2 hours)  [NW]




Introduction, the IETF IPPM framework, commonly used network measurement tools, dealing with measured results.







Fault Management (4 hours) [NW]




Characteristics of operational network failures, IP and MPLS fast reroute (FRR) mechanisms, resilience-aware traffic control, routing disruption avoidance, fault management in BGP configuration.







Network Protection and Security Management (2 hours) [NW]




Network intrusion and denial of services (DoS) overview, classification of DoS attacks, IP spoofing, BGP prefix hijacking, network address translation (NAT) and firewalls.







Policy Based Network Management (2 hours) [NW]




Basic PBNM architecture and its associated functional components, COPS and COPS-PR







Network Virtualisation (1 hour) [NW]




Separation of Service Providers from IP Network Providers, network virtualisation strategies and techniques.







Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures: 30 hours of lectures (3 hrs per week).




Labs: Support sessions for the Java-based assignment in weeks 6-10.




Assignment(s): Java-based laboratory assignment or Essay-based assignment.




Selected Texts/Journals

Background Texts




Hegering, H.G, Abeck, S., Neumair, B., Integrated Management of Networked Systems, Morgan Kaufmann, 1998.




Stallings, W., SNMP and RMON: The Practical Guide to Network Management Standards, 3rd Edition, Addison Wesley, 1999.




Alexander Clemm, Network Management Fundamentals, Cisco Press, 2007.




Black, U., MPLS and Label Switching Networks, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2002.




Stewart, J.W., BGP4, Addison-Wesley.

Last Updated

29th July 2009