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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedNot offered in 2010


The first component of this unit looks at digital communication technologies such as: local area networks; metropolitan area networks; satellite networks; ISDN; modem techniques; digital networks. The second component covers protocols including: the structure, coordination and management of the Internet; Internet standards development process; Internet link layer protocols; IP (V4 and V6) and ICMP protocols; TCP and UDP; the Internet addressing structure, including domain naming and the DNS/LDAP systems and protocols; bridging systems and spanning-tree protocols; Internet packet routing techniques and protocols; mobile IP; Real Time Protocols; the major common applications.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • understand the general architecture of the Internet, the interworking of the key protocols, and the underlying services required for the operation of the network;
  • understand the standards development process for protocols and applications operating in the Internet;
  • have knowledge of the characteristics of the key protocols in the Internet, and the roles they play;
  • understand the key quality of service issues applying to the Internet;
  • have knowledge of local area network design and implementation techniques.


Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


ECE4411, ECE5411, CSE4881, CSE4882, ECE4044, FIT4015

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