FIT2020 - Network architecture - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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South Africa

  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit will introduce students to advances in the distributed networked environment. The unit provides knowledge of internetworking protocols, QoS for critical applications, network management and TCP/IP operation. Access to the university's computer systems through an internet service provider is compulsory for distance education students.


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

  1. describe the ISO OSI reference model;
  2. analyse physical layer for networking;
  3. explain and analyse the architecture of data link layer for networking;
  4. analyse the main functions and design issues of the network layer;
  5. describe the operation of IPv6;
  6. analyse the operation of TCP;
  7. explain and analyse integrated and differentiated services architecture;
  8. explain and analyse network management architecture;
  9. explain and analyse the basic concepts of multimedia communications and QoS.


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

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours of lectures
    • One 2-hour tutorial
  2. Study schedule for off-campus students:
    • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture, tutorial and laboratory sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.
  3. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


One of FIT1031, FIT1005, FIT1047 or GCO3812 or equivalent



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