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Unit description

Covers the fundamental concepts of computer networks. Students will gain an understanding of the network hardware and software, network models and protocols as well as the network switching and routing technologies. Students will also apply their understanding to analyse and plan for computer networks in small-to-medium enterprises.

Unit content

Topic 1: Elements of computer networks
Topic 2: Network communication models
Topic 3: Network and communication protocols
Topic 4: Network switching and routing
Topic 5: Small to Medium Enterprise Networks
Topic 6: Network security and management

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 the key components of computer networks and their functionality
2explain principal networking processes using network communication models
3explain and contrast fundamental networking protocols
4analyse and plan networks for small-to-medium enterprises
5review network management solutions for small-to-medium enterprises

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

  1. describe the key components of computer networks and their functionality
  2. explain principal networking processes using network communication models
  3. explain and contrast fundamental networking protocols
  4. analyse and plan networks for small-to-medium enterprises
  5. review network management solutions for small-to-medium enterprises

Prescribed texts

  • Electronic version of the prescribed textbook is also available at a much cheaper price: Fitzgerald, J, Dennis, A & Durcikova, A, 2017, Business Data Communications and Networking, 13th edn, John Wiley & Sons, USA. ISBN: 978-1-119-36883-0.

  • Electronic version of the prescribed textbook is also available at a much cheaper price: Fitzgerald, J, Dennis, A & Durcikova, A, 2017, Business Data Communications and Networking, 13th edn, John Wiley & Sons, USA. ISBN: 978-1-119-36883-0.

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Workshop online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Report15%
Report25%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Report15%
Report25%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Workshop online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Report15%
Report25%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Report15%
Report25%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Report15%
Report25%
Exam: open book50%
Notice

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