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Program scope

Dalhousie's Master of Engineering in Internetworking degree program spans a very broad range of issues. As a student in the program, you will learn the following:

  • The format in which information is communicated over networks.
  • The characteristics of different transmission media.
  • The structures and characteristics of the individual networks used to carry this information.
  • Methods by which these disparate networks are interconnected and secured.
  • Influences on network design and evolution.
  • Future trends in Internetworking technologies.

Accordingly, an Internetworking expert must be familiar with:

  • Various sources of traffic and the demands they place on an Internetwork.
  • The characteristics and limitations of a variety of transmission media, including copper-based cabling, fiber optics, and wireless communication channels.
  • The current networking technologies, including stand-alone wireless and wired local area network (LAN) technologies, wide area network (WAN) technologies, and the infrastructure of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) that supports WAN communication.
  • The layered design of computer networks and de facto Internet standards.
  • The underlying concepts required for the design of network operating systems, protocols, and distributed applications.
  • Security and management issues.
  • Future trends in internetworking standards.
  • Mathematical foundations underlying the design, analysis, and simulation of Internetworking technology.