Faculty of Information Technology

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology


Not offered in 2016


The unit introduces computer networks with an explicit software and system-centric focus. It provides foundation skills in data communications, networks, and associated software interfaces, and introduces basic principles in network design, configuration, management and security.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the network architecture standards for open systems;
  2. describe and apply the ISO reference and Internet models;
  3. implement programs using internetworking concepts, IP addressing, IPC and socket-level interface;
  4. analyse the fundamentals and technologies of cabled and wireless physical layer;
  5. analyse the fundamentals and technologies of cabled and wireless data-link layer;
  6. apply and implement the fundamentals and technologies of the network layer, including packet-switching and queueing concepts;
  7. analyse designs based on the functions and architectures of cabled and wireless LAN and WAN, including ALOHA and CSMA/CD models;
  8. implement system level designs based on LAN architecture for organisational requirements.


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

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours lectures
  • Two hours laboratories
  • One hour tutorials

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of lecture time in order to satisfy the reading, tute, prac and assignment expectations.

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