Overview

This unit of study aims to introduce you to the field of data networking and to provide you with the necessary skills to design and successfully deploy a small network.

Teaching Periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Summer
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
02-January-2024
11-February-2024
Last self-enrolment date
02-January-2024
Census date
12-January-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
02-February-2024
Results released date
27-February-2024
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
26-February-2024
26-May-2024
Last self-enrolment date
10-March-2024
Census date
31-March-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
12-April-2024
Results released date
02-July-2024
Teaching Period 2
Location
Online
Start and end dates
08-July-2024
06-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
21-July-2024
Census date
02-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
23-August-2024
Results released date
29-October-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
29-July-2024
27-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
11-August-2024
Census date
31-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
13-September-2024
Results released date
03-December-2024

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Use the OSI Model to discuss network design and infrastructure (K3, S3)
  • Design an addressing scheme to subnet a network to given specifications (K2, K3, S3)
  • Describe the processes of LAN switching and how VLANs are used in a switched network (K3)
  • Use best practice to design secure corporate networks and deploy security to practical networking environments (K3, S1, S3)
  • Describe how the Spanning Tree Protocol eliminates loops in multi-switched LANs (K3)
  • Construct a simple network of PCs, switches and a router, and troubleshoot problems in those networks (K3, S1, S2, S3)
  • Generate documentation for laboratory work and assignments (A2)

Teaching methods

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Online
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
2.00  12 weeks  24
On-campus
Class
3.00  12 weeks  36
Unspecified Activities
Independent Learning
3.00  12 weeks  36
On-campus
Workshop
2.00 12 weeks 24
Online
Learning Activities
2.5 12 weeks 30
TOTAL     150

Swinburne Online and Vietnam Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Online
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150
Online
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150
TOTAL300

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
Assessment Individual/Group  20 - 30%  1,2,3,4,5,6,7 
Examination Individual  40 - 50%  1,2,3,4,5 
Practical Skills Examination Individual  10 - 20%  2,3,4,6 

Hurdle

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

(i) An aggregate mark of 50% or more, and(ii) Obtain at least 40% in the final exam, and(iii) Pass the Skills Exam. The criteria for passing the Skills Exam is available in the Unit Outline.Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirements (ii) and (iii) will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.

Content

  • Networking Fundamentals
  • OSI Network Layers
  • Ethernet fundamentals, technologies and switching
  • TCP/IP and addressing
  • Subnets and subnetting (VLSM and CIDR)
  • Switching concepts
  • Virtual LANs
  • Inter-VLAN Static routing
  • Network and Secure Network Design
  • Etherchannel Bundling
  • Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Wireless LANs
  • Basic switch troubleshooting

Study resources

Reading materials

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