MIT601 Networked Systems Design     

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 2, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: MIT504 Networking   
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 in order to carry out lab exercises and assignments.

Unit description 

With the advance of the Internet and its applications, networked systems have been widely deployed to enable efficient communications across networks and improve productivity of businesses. This unit focuses on design principles of computer networks for different scales  including local area network (LAN), metropolitan area network (MAN), and wide area network (WAN). In this unit, students will learn about a broad set of technologies, protocols, and tools that are employed to design a modern network infrastructure that is robust, flexible and cost-effective. Students will analyse software/hardware requirements for network design of different sizes, and propose solutions to satisfy the ever increasing networking demand from enterprises. Students will also learn logical network design, IP planning, system implementation and system extension in this unit.

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Examine architecture and protocols for computer networks.
ULO2 Analyse requirements and tools for networked system design.
ULO3 Create logical network design.
ULO4 Apply various network technologies in network design.
ULO5 Document network design using professional standards.

Topics to be included in the unit

1. Reference models for computer networks   
2. Physical layer and link layer  
3. Network layer and routing
4. Transport layer
5. Addressing in computer networks
6. Subnetting and CIDR
7. Network Address Translation (NAT) and port mapping
8. Local Area Network (LAN) design
9. Metropolitan Are Network (MAN) design
10. Wide Are Network (WAN) design
11. Private network and corporate network design
12. Networked system design in the cloud & Revision


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Weekly Lab 10% 11
Assessment 2: Online Quiz 20% 6
Assessment 3: Group Assignment 20% 11
Assessment 4: Final Exam 50% 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.