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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 2020

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the key components of computer networks and their functionalityKnowledge of a discipline
2explain principal networking processes using network communication modelsKnowledge of a discipline
3explain and contrast fundamental networking protocolsKnowledge of a discipline
4analyse and plan networks for small-to-medium enterprisesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5review network management solutions for small-to-medium enterprisesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. describe the key components of computer networks and their functionality
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. explain principal networking processes using network communication models
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. explain and contrast fundamental networking protocols
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. analyse and plan networks for small-to-medium enterprises
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. review network management solutions for small-to-medium enterprises
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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