BIT102 Networking

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 1, Semester 2
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: Nil
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 12 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 8 personal study hours per week
Other resource requirements: Students will need access to lab computers or will need their own laptops in order to carry out lab exercises and assignments. Wireshark software will be used for practical and technical skills.

Unit description 

This unit introduces data communication fundamentals, network transmission technologies, network protocols and design frameworks. It introduces students to basic design and communicational issues related to local area networks, wide area networks. Content includes communication media types; data communications principles and protocols; network architectures and protocols, standard interfaces, transmission techniques; data integrity and security; Local Area Networks (LAN); data link control; IP Addressing and Sub-networking; Routing protocols like OSPF; Switching technologies; Design and implementation of enterprise networks using industry standard equipment like CISCO routers and switches.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

  On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Demonstrate an understanding of modern computer network architecture and components.    
ULO2 Demonstrate a technical knowledge and skills in modern local areas network technologies.  
ULO3 Apply the knowledge to solve some data communication and networking problems.                       
ULO4 Design IP network with proper sub-networks.
ULO5 Implement moderately complex networks with industry standard technologies like CISCO devices.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Introduction to TCP/IP Networking
2. Fundamentals of Ethernet LANs
3. Fundamentals of WAN and IP Routing
4. Analysing Ethernet LAN switching
5. Implementing Ethernet Virtual LANs
6. Spanning Tree Protocol
7. RSTP and EtherChannel Configuration
8. IP Addressing V4
9. IP Routing in LAN
10. OSPF
11. IP Addressing V6
12. Fundamentals of Wireless Networks


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Mid-Semester Exam 15% Mid-semester exam week
Assessment 2: Individual Assignment 30% 12
Assessment 3: Laboratory 15% Weekly
Assessment 4: Final Exam 40% Final exam week

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.