Networks and Switching
- One Semester or equivalent
- 60 hours face to face + blended
On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.
2023 teaching periods
Higher Ed. Semester 2
Last self enrolment:
Last withdraw without fail:
Anti-requisites (Similar Content)
Aims and objectives
This unit introduces you to the field of data networking and provides you with the necessary skills to design and successfully deploy a small network.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Use the OSI Model to discuss network design and infrastructure (K3, S3)
2. Design an addressing scheme to subnet a network to given specifications (K2, K3, S3)
3. Describe the processes of LAN switching and how VLANs are used in a switched network (K3)
4. Use best practice to design secure corporate networks and deploy security to practical networking environments (K3, S1, S3)
5. Describe how the Spanning Tree Protocol eliminates loops in multi-switched LANs (K3)
6. Construct a simple network of PCs, switches and a router, and troubleshoot problems in those networks (K3, S1, S2, S3)
7. Generate documentation for laboratory work and assignments (A2)
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Unit information in detail
- Teaching methods, assessment and content.
Hours per week
Number of Weeks
On Campus Lecture
|On Campus Computer Labs||3||12||36|
Unspecified Activities Independent Learning
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs)
|Practical Skills Examination||Individual||20%||2,3,4,6|
As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass the unit and meet all Unit Learning Outcomes to a minimum standard, a student must achieve:
(i) An aggregate mark of 50% or more, and
(ii) At least 40% in the final exam, and
(iii) A Pass grade for 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.
- 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
- Reading materials.
A list of reading materials and/or required texts will be made available in the Unit Outline.