Building an end-to-end ISP broadband infrastructure as an advanced networking subject

Miles, Christopher Raymond and Chan, Ka Ching (2016) Building an end-to-end ISP broadband infrastructure as an advanced networking subject. Computer Applications in Engineering Education, 24 (1). pp. 16-26. ISSN 1061-3773


This paper presents the development of an unsupervised, project‐based networking subject at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University. With a view of producing work‐ready IT graduates, the advanced subject requires students to build an end‐to‐end ADSL broadband infrastructure, commonly used by Internet service providers. Unlike other project‐based subjects, the subject content is well structured, with documentation prepared for both students and lecturers. Seven milestones are clearly defined to ensure students make steady progress over the semester. This paper describes the subject delivery method, milestones, and the setup of equipment for experiments. The subject gives students the opportunity to gain in‐depth knowledge of how ADSL services are provided. This unsupervised project‐based subject is designed to meet the challenge faced by many universities to deliver sustainable, cost effective, and yet high quality subjects for a very small number of students.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 05:19
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2018 02:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: broadband; ADSL; internetworking; ISP; DSLAM; L2TP; LAC; LNS; radius
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1002/cae.21667

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