Unit description

The abundance of networked systems supporting the needs of industry and meeting the objectives of business information systems means computing students must have an understanding of the hardware and software technology which drives data exchange both within and between such systems. The proliferation and rapid evolution of communications technologies means students must be capable of designing systems which take advantage of technologies capable of best meeting the diverse needs of users of information technologies. This unit will give students the skills to analyse the needs and specify network requirements.

Unit content

Topic 1 Basic concepts
Topic 2 Fundamental concepts: The application layer (TCP/IP model, Layer 5)
Topic 3 Fundamental concepts: The physical layer (TCP/IP model, Layer 1)
Topic 4 Network design 
Topic 5 Network technology 1: Wired and wireless local area networks
Topic 6 Network technology 2: Backbone networks 
Topic 7 Network technology 3: Wide area networks
Topic 8 Fundamental concepts: The data link layer (TCP/IP model, Layer 2)
Topic 9 Fundamental concepts: The network and transport layers (TCP/IP model, Layers 3 & 4)
Topic 10 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Electronic version of the prescribed textbook is also available at a much cheaper price: Fitzgerald, J, Dennis, A & Durcikova, A , 2015, Business Data Communications and Networking, 12th edn, John Wiley & Sons, USA. ISBN: 978-1-118-89168-1.

Session 3

  • Electronic version of the prescribed textbook is also available at a much cheaper price: Fitzgerald, J, Dennis, A & Durcikova, A , 2015, Business Data Communications and Networking, 12th edn, John Wiley & Sons, USA. ISBN: 978-1-118-89168-1.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz15%
Report15%
Exam: closed book45%
Report25%

Melbourne

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz15%
Report15%
Exam: closed book45%
Report25%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz15%
Report15%
Exam: closed book45%
Report25%

Sydney

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz15%
Report15%
Exam: closed book45%
Report25%
Notice

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