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FIT3130 - Computer network design and deployment

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Information Technology


Not offered in 2007


The unit provide students with an opportunity to build computer network models and understand performance evaluation. It reviews the structure of TCP/IP and the network interface layer. The design principles and implementation aspects of protocols in the IP and TCP layers, routing algorithms, routing protocols and IP network multicasting, congestion control and QoS (TCP, leak buckets,RSVP), major protocols in the TCP/IP protocols suite (e.g. DNS, DHCP, etc) are covered. In addition, the wireless LAN technologies andprotocols, 802.11x, and mobile applications are introduced. The principles and methodologies for the design and deployment of intranets and extranets are also covered.


At the completion of this subject students should have:

  1. a detailed knowledge and understanding of all major protocols used in LAN & WAN and WLAN;
  2. an understanding of major issues in implementing these protocols;
  3. a detailed knowledge and understanding of network architectures including interaction with firewalls;
  4. an awareness of the latest developments in TCP/IP (e.g. IPv6, IPSec, multicasting, VoIP, QoS, iSCSI);
  5. the knowledge and skills to implement and manage TCP/IP services within wired and wireless LANs;
  6. understand various measures of data network performance;
  7. exposition of network performance evaluation tool, Network packet analysers, and other performance measurement tools;
  8. use simulation packages to construct models of computer networks;
  9. use models for performance analysis and prediction;
  10. make recommendations for network performance improvement;

Students will gain practical skills in setting up TCP/IP connections and routing configurations for different environments. They will also gain experience in setting up LANs and WANs, and wireless LANs using standard protocols.


Examination: 60% (Formal examination and unit tests)
Assignments:40% - assignment and/or lab tests

Contact hours

4 hours per week


FIT1005 or BUS2062 or CSE2004 or CSE2318 or CSE3318 or GCO3812 or CPE1007


CSE3821, CPE3004, CSE5807, FIT3030, FIT3024