FIT1005 Networks and Data Communications , Unit Information Guide (Semester 1, 2006)

Lecturers
Gippsland : Dr. Joarder Kamruzzaman
Peninsula : Chandana Watagodakumbura
Outline

 

  • ASCED Discipline Group classification: 020113 Networks and Communications.
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    FIT1005 Networks and Data Communications will introduce students to fundamentals of distributed networked environment. The unit provides knowledge of internetworking standards and understanding of the networking architecture, technology and operation.

    Objectives Knowledge and Understanding

    At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

     

    • Discuss network architecture standards for open systems.
    • Describe ISO reference and Internet models.
    • Explain fundamentals and technologies of physical, data-link and network layers
    • Understand the functions and architectures of LAN and WAN.
    • Analyse and design LAN architecture for organisational requirements.

     

    Attitudes, Values and Beliefs

    At the completion of this unit students will have developed attitudes that enable them to:

    • Adopt a problem solving approach
    • Accept the code of professional conduct and practice
    • Act in accordance with best practice, industry standards and professional ethics

     

    Practical Skills

    At the completion of this unit students will have the skills to:

     

    • Students will gain practical skills to analyse data communication networks

     

    Relationships, Communication and TeamWork

    At the completion of this unit students will demonstrate the communication skills necessary to:

     

    • Cooperate effectively within small groups
    • Present their work in various forms

     

    Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this unit.

    Unit relationships FIT1005 is a [core/elective] unit in the [enter the name(s) of the major(s)] of the [enter the names of the degrees]. It is a [prerequisite/corequisite] for There are no prerequisites for this unit.. You may not study this unit and [enter the unit codes of the prohibited units] in your degree.
    Texts and software

    Required text(s)

     

  • Behrouz A. Forouzan, Data Communications and Networking, McGraw-Hill, 2004
  • David Stamper et al, Business Data Communications, Prentice Hall, 6th Edition, 2003
  • Fred Halsall, Data Communications, Computer Networks, and Open Systems, and Open Systems, 4th Edition, Addison-Wesley, 1998
  • William Stallings, Data Communications and Networking, Prentice Hall, 7th Edition, 2004
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    Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

    Hardware requirements:

    Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to n hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

    Recommended reading

     

  • Behrouz A. Forouzan, Data Communications and Networking, McGraw-Hill, 2004
  • David Stamper et al, Business Data Communications, Prentice Hall, 6th Edition, 2003
  • Fred Halsall, Data Communications, Computer Networks, and Open Systems, and Open Systems, 4th Edition, Addison-Wesley, 1998
  • William Stallings, Data Communications and Networking, Prentice Hall, 7th Edition, 2004
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    Library access You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.
    Study resources

    Study resources for FIT1005 are:

    Structure and organisation

    Week

    Topics

    Study Guide

    1 Introduction to communication systems Study Guide 1
    2 Network Models - OSI Model and TCP/IP Model Study Guide 2
    3 The Physical Layer - Media, Encoding Study Guide 3
    4 Physical Layer Encoding schemes, Modulation Study Guide 4
    5 The Data link Layer Link management and utilisation Study Guide 5
    6 The Data Link Layer - Media Access, Error Control Study Guide 6
    7 The Data Link Layer - Media Access, Error Control Study Guide 7
    Non-teaching
    8 Local Area Networks fundamentals Study Guide 8
    9 Local Area Networks Developments Study Guide 9
    10 Internetworking - IP Study Guide 10
    11 Internetworking Fragmentation Study Guide 11
    12 WAN Technologies Study Guide 12
    13 Revision
    Timetable

    The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+

    Assessment

    Assessment for the unit consists of n assignments with a weighting of x% and an examination with a weighting of y%. Read this section VERY carefully.

    Assessment Policy

    To pass this unit you must:

    Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

    Assessment Requirements

    Assessment

    Due Date

    Weighting

    Assignment specifications will be made available . Information about assignments will be published on the Unit's Notices Newsgroup.

    Assignment Submission Methods

    Assignments will be submitted by [electronic/paper] submission to [enter submission URL/location] On-campus Students Submit the assignment to the [enter submission location] by [enter submission date], with the appropriate cover sheet correctly filled out and attached Off Campus (OCL) students [OCL only] Mail your assignment to the Off-Campus Learning Centre with the cover sheet attached. Singapore and Hong Kong Students [Gippsland only] Mail your assignment to the Distance Education Centre with the cover sheet attached. Do not email submissions. The due date is the date by which the submission must be received/the date by which the the submission is to be posted.

    Extensions and late submissions

    Late submission of assignments

    Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of [describe penalty for late submission, describe the deadline for late assignment acceptance or any conditions that are placed on late assignments, e g, "Assignments received later than one week after the due date will not normally be accepted."]

    This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 

    Extensions

    It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

    Requests for extensions must be made by [method of request, for example, 'email to the unit lecturer'] at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

    Grading of assessment

    Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

    HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
    In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
    D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
    In the 70-79% range.
    C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
    In the 60-69% range.
    P Pass - acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
    In the 50-59% range.
    N Not satisfactory -  failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
    Below 50%.

    We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.

    Feedback Feedback to you

    You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

    Feedback from you

    You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

    And if you are having problems

    It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

    Plagiarism and cheating

    Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

    In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

    When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

    Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

    Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

    Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.

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    Notices

    Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the Notices Newsgroup in the Unit Website. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices newsgroup is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

    Consultation Times

    If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

    Dr Joarder Kamruzzaman
    Senior Lecturer
    Phone +61 3 990 26665

    Dr Chandana Watagodakumbura
    Fax +61 3 9904 4124

    All email communication to you from your lecturer will occur through your Monash student email address. Please ensure that you read it regularly, or forward your email to your main address. Also check that your contact information registered with the University is up to date in My.Monash.

    Last updated: Feb 27, 2006