FIT3165 - Computer networks - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Abdul Khan

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)

South Africa

  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


(FIT1047 or FIT1031) and one of FIT1045, FIT1048, FIT1051 or FIT1008


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 (2 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 lectures
    • One hour laboratories
    • One hour tutorials
  2. 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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