FIT3130 - Computer network design and deployment - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit aims to introduce the systematic top-down network design approach for designing enterprise computer networks. A top down process focuses on requirements analysis and architecture design, which should be completed before the selection of specific network components. The unit provides students with tested processes and tools to help them understand traffic flow, communication protocol behaviour, and internetworking technologies. On completion of the unit, students are equipped to design enterprise computer networks that meet an enterprise users requirements for functionality, capacity, performance, availability, scalability, affordability, security, and manageability.


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

  1. select and apply design considerations for local or wide area networks with understanding traffic flow, protocol behaviour, and use of inter-networking hardware/software technologies in computer networks design of LAN, WAN and WLAN systems;
  2. demonstrate the ability to incorporate the latest development in computer networks design; and implement secure network architectures;
  3. exhibit the ability to use network performance evaluation tools and simulation packages to construct network models for performance evaluation and prediction analysis of computer networks;
  4. make recommendations for network performance improvements;
  5. demonstrate practical skills in setting up TCP/IP connections and routing configurations for different environments;
  6. demonstrate the ability to fully document the design for future reference and upgrade.


Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 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 laboratory
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


One of FIT1005, FIT2008, FIT2020, BUS2062, CPE1007, CSE2004, CSE2318, CSE3318 or GCO3812


CSE3821, CPE3004, CSE5807, FIT3030, FIT3024

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