MIT504 Networking

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 1, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: Nil
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 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, 6 personal study hours per week
Other resource requirements: Students will need access to lab computers or will need their own laptops to carry out lab exercises and assignments. Packet capture/analysis tools will be required such as Wireshark.

Unit description 

This unit provides students with a comprehensive introduction to computer networks by introducing basic networking technologies, Ethernet fundamentals, ISO OSI model and networking protocols including TCP/IP. It also introduces important networking components including switches and routers and explores routing, switching, and the internet architecture.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Examine fundamentals of a network architecture.
ULO2 Apply the core concepts of computer networks to the design of an architecture.
ULO3 Analyse packet level network data.
ULO4 Evaluate networking scenarios and propose solutions.
ULO5 Design small to medium sized switching and routing network.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Introduction to Networking
2. Application Layer 1
3. Application Layer 2
4. Transport Layer
5. Network Layer
6. Routing Protocols
7. IP Addressing V4
8. IP Addressing V6
9. Data Link Layer
10. LANs
11. STP RSTP EtherChannel
12. Monitoring Networks 


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Class Participation 10% 12
Assessment 2: Mid-Semester Exam 10% Mid-semester week
Assessment 3: Individual Assignment 20% 7
Assessment 4: Group Assignment 20% 12
Assessment 5: 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.