This unit prepares students to understand the underlining concepts and requirements of a range of networks and technologies. Connectiveness of systems is core to Industry 4.0 and having an awareness and ability to demonstrate how machines connect to systems and to broader networks. The emergence of the Internet of Things and Cloud infrastructure means that more systems are needing to be blended to ensure future-proofing.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
HE Block 8
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Define and demonstrate elements of networks
  • Utilise a variety of key networking devices
  • Develop an understanding of physical and cloud network architectures
  • Demonstrate skills in connecting, securing and administering networks
  • Research emerging networking trends to inform future business opportunities

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 13 week 39
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 13 week 39
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
3.54 13 week 46
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
2.00 13 week 26


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentGroup 40 - 60% 3,5 
TestIndividual 10 - 20% 1,3 
TestIndividual 30 - 40% 2,4 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

  • An aggregate mark for the unit of 50% or more, including
  • At least 35% of the possible final marks for each Major Assessment Component (any assessment worth 20% or more)
  • At least 45% in the final exam


Students who do not achieve at least 35% of the possible final marks for each Major Assessment Component and at least 45% for the final exam (if applicable), will receive a maximum of 44% as the total mark for the unit and will not be eligible for a conceded pass. 
The Major Assessment Components in this unit are the Online Activities (combined grade), Computer Lab Reports (combined grade) and the Exam. 


  • Introduction into Networking concepts 
  • Understand the concepts of OSI, TCP/IP and data transmission
  • Physical infrastructure
  • Cloud infrastructure 
  • Scripting for Networks
  • Introduction to Cyber Security
  • Exploration of new networking concepts
  • Internet of Things ecosystem
  • Business impact of networks and systems
  • Future network trends for Industry 4.0 business transformation

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.