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.