FIT1005 Networks and data communications - Semester 2 , 2006 unit guide

Semester 2, 2006

Chief Examiner

Peter Granville


Berwick : Mark Szota
Caulfield : Peter Granville
Clayton : Gordon Lowe
Malaysia : Tham Weng Wee
Peninsula : Peter Knox
South Africa : Mohan Das


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.


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.

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

and the skills to:

  • analyse data communication networks

Students will demonstrate the communication skills necessary to:

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


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Unit relationships

FIT1005 is a core unit in the BITS degree. It is a prerequisite for FIT2020, FIT3030,  FIT3031, FIT3018.

Texts and software

Required text(s)

William Stallings, Data Communications and Networking, Prentice Hall, 7th Edition, 2004

Textbook availability

Textbooks are available to purchase from Campus bookshops.

Software requirements

Web Browser is needed to access study and tutorial material.

Email Client is required.

Hardware requirements

Students 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 2 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, 4th Edition, Addison-Wesley, 1998

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:

  • A printed Unit Book.
  • The FIT1005 web site on MUSO, where lecture slides, weekly tutorial requirements, assignment specifications, sample solutions and supplementary material will be posted.
  • Newsgroups/discussion groups that can be linked to from the Unit Homepage

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
8 Local Area Networks fundamentals Study Guide 8
9 Local Area Networks Developments Study Guide 9
10 Internetworking - IP Study Guide 10
Non teaching week
11 Internetworking Fragmentation Study Guide 11
12 WAN Technologies Study Guide 12
13 Revision


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


Assessment weighting

Read this section VERY carefully.

Assessment for the unit consists of 2 assignments with a weighting of 40%:

  • Assignment 1 - 15%
  • Assignment 2 - 25%

 and an examination (3 hours closed book) with a weighting of 60%. 

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

The minimum requirements that need to be satisfied to pass the unit are:

  • a minimum result of 40% in the Unit Exam
  • a pass in the Non-Exam Component of the unit that ensures the final result for  the unit is 50% or greater

Failure to meet the minimum requirements will result in a fail grade, with a maximum achievable final result of 44 N.

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

Summing the weighted assignment and exam results.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Due Date Weighting
Assignment 1 Friday 1 September 15%
Assignment 2 Friday 6 October 25 %
Examination (3 hours, closed book) Exam period (S2/06) starts on 23/10/06 60 %

Assignment specifications will be made available FIT1005 MUSO Web Site.

Assignment Submission

Assignments will be submitted by paper submission. On-campus Students Submit the assignment to the School Office. 

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 5% per day or part thereof including Saturday and Sunday.

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. 


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 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:

Grade Percentage/description
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%.

Assignment return

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


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.


Communication methods

On the MUSO site, a General and an Assignment Discussion Group is available for each Campus.

Students can also contact Unit Lecturers and Tutors directly via email.

Students can telephone the Unit Lecturers on their work telephone number.


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

You will be advised by your campus Unit Lecturer and campus Tutors as to their 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

Mr Peter Granville
Phone +61 3 990 32448
Fax +61 3 990 55157

Mr Mark Szota
Assistant Lecturer
Phone +61 3 990 47097
Fax +61 3 8622 8999

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Mr Weng Tham

Mr Peter Knox

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: Aug 1, 2006