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Unit description

Covers the fundamental concepts of data communications and computer networks. The unit provides students with a theoretical understanding of the models, protocols, switching and routing technology, which drives data exchange both within and between computer networks. Students will also gain practical skills to analyse network protocols and explore network services.

Unit content

1Fundamental concepts of data communications

2. Fundamental concepts of computer networks

3. Network addressing and protocols

4. Basic network switching and routing

5. End-to-end communications

6. Contemporary computer networks and network security

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1describe and explain the fundamental concepts and building blocks of computer and communication networks
2demonstrate in-depth understanding of the TCP/IP protocols
3understand the architecture and services of the internet and the role of internet security
4discuss the role of modern computer networks in everyday life and businesses

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe and explain the fundamental concepts and building blocks of computer and communication networks
  2. demonstrate in-depth understanding of the TCP/IP protocols
  3. understand the architecture and services of the internet and the role of internet security
  4. discuss the role of modern computer networks in everyday life and businesses

Prescribed Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts
  • Electronic version of the prescribed textbook is also available at a much cheaper price: Fitzgerald, J, Dennis, A & Durcikova, A , 2020, Business Data Communications and Networking, 14th edn, John Wiley & Sons, USA. ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-119-70266-5 .
Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Report50%
Exam: oral30%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Report50%
Exam: oral30%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Report50%
Exam: oral30%

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Report50%
Exam: oral30%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Report50%
Exam: oral30%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Report50%
Exam: oral30%

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Report50%
Exam: oral30%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

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