Singapore University of Social Sciences

Applications of Multimedia Networks

Applications of Multimedia Networks (MTD312)


MTD312 introduces students to the fundamentals of the network carrying requirements for typical standard multimedia applications. It reviews mechanisms of coding methods for audio and video technological applications taught in the courses MTD205 Audio Technology and MTD207 Video Technology. The next section of the course explains the required standard network protocols to carry multimedia content and examines the interrelationship between multimedia applications and the performance aspects of a network carrying the high quality applications data. Finally, through the usage of case studies, insights into existing network carrying solutions for high quality multimedia data in the commercial market place are modeled.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • Introduction to different types of multimedia networks
  • Network organisation standards
  • Market penetration / usage of multimedia networks
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Revision of audio and video coding methods / transmission
  • Network functions supporting high quality multimedia data carriage
  • Synchronization and adaptation performance
  • Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
  • Additional Standard Multimedia Protocols
  • Home Networks (UPnP, DLNA, HGI)
  • Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)
  • Case studies deploying Global Webcast, Digital Signage and Telepresence systems

Learning Outcome

  • Differentiate the types of multimedia networks in accordance to data carriage requirements.
  • Debate the usage of appropriate network functions to support high quality multimedia data carriage.
  • Appraise the importance of network synchronous and adaptation performance in a multimedia network.
  • Analyze quality of service factors.
  • Apply the data streaming concept that applied to the multimedia content.
  • Analyze digital audio and video distribution.
  • Recommend a suitable audio or video coding technique for optimal transmission through a multimedia network.
  • Test the performance of Home Network Protocols and IPTV using laboratory models.
  • Critique solutions to network performance.
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