GCO4824 Data communication and networks - Semester 2 , 2006 unit guide

Semester 2, 2006

Chief Examiner

Iqbal Gondal


Gippsland : Iqbal Gondal


This unit will focus on: data communication and networks, standard layered architecture approach for network solution development, functions and design issues for each layer in ISO OSI reference model. Advanced topics: data communication approaches for various applications (email, ftp, telnet, WWW, multimedia), mobile networks architecture & operation, network security, WAP, IPV6 and bluetooth. This unit will enable the students to analyse, research and design communication systems based on advance network technologies.


Knowledge and Understanding

Students will be able to

  • understand the various techniques used to transmit data over transmission media;
  • explain the ISO OSI reference model, security alogrithms;
  • understand network security risks, requirements, and common security measures;
  • identify flow and error control issues related to data link layer for network solution development;
  • apply knowledge to design communication system and outline the issues related to TCP & UDP in developing IP based wireless/wire line systems;
  • analyse ISO OSI reference model, security alogrithms and;
  • understand network security risks, requirements, and common security measures;
  • research the latest network technologies and layered approach to devise new solutions based on given industry's standards and requirements.


Attitudes, Values and Beliefs


  • Appreciate the need to research relevant networking technologies and solutions


Practical Skills

Students will be able to:


  • analyse problems with respect to the ISO OSI reference model
  • research networking and data communications technologies for the purpose of solution design
  • design basic Internet protocol based systems
  • analyse the development of IPV6 and the limitation of IPV4 for future services growth
  • research issues concerning multimedia communications
  • gain skills in developing and analysing wireless technologies e.g. GSM, WAP, Bluetooth and WLAN for mobile services


Relationships, Communication and TeamWork

Students will be able to put in practice the skills they will acquire from this unit. Network systems need skills of programming, designing, administering, estimating network loadings, managing and trouble shooting etc. Students will be able to play their role as designers, developers and managers etc. successfully. This unit will also prepare the students what to expect in the industry in the networking field.


For MIT and MMC students - Entry to the degree MBS students - GCO4801 or BUS9520 or equivalent

Unit relationships

GCO4824 is a elective unit in the MBS, MIT and MAIT 




Texts and software

Required text(s)

William Stallings (Edition 7th) (2004). Data and Computer Communications, William Stallings and Wireless Communications and Networks Publisher: Prentice Hall. Unit book, on-line reading and research articles on networks

Textbook availability

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.

Software requirements

There is no software requirement

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 5 hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading

Other than text books, student should study advance topic on the subject, they can get access to the research paper from Monash digital library

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 GCO4824 are:

Electronic unit book with 12 study guides, MUSO website discussion groups, which are moderated the lecturer

Structure and organisation

Week Topics
1 Concepts of protocols and layered architecture
2 Data link Control
3 Network layer functions and design issues
4 Internetworking and Local Area Network (LAN)
5 The Internet Protocols: IPv4, IPv6 and routing protocols
6 Transport protocol and services TCP and UDP
7 GSM Wireless Network Architecture
8 Wireless Signal Fading and Handoff
9 Mobile IP-based Network and Wireless LAN
10 Wireless Internet (WAP) and Bluetooth
Non teaching week
11 Network security
12 Internet applications and Multimedia communications
13 Revision


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


Assessment weighting

Assessment for the unit consists of 2 assignments with a weighting of 50% and an examination with a weighting of 50%.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

Complete the assignments and exam and both exam and assignment will have a weighting of 50%. However, to encourage consistent performance, your final mark cannot be more than 10 marks higher than your assignment work percentage. Also, since assignment work is not completed in a controlled environment, your final mark cannot be more than 10 marks higher than your exam percentage.

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

final grade = min (A+10, E+10, E*R+A*(1-R))

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Due Date Weighting
Assignment 1 20th August 2006. 20%
Assignment 2 8th October 2006 30 %
The exam is 3 hours long and is closed book. Exam period (S2/06) starts on 23/10/06 50 %

Assignment specifications will be made available MUSO.monash.edu.au in assignent section of the website.

Assignment Submission

Assignments will be submitted by electronic submission on muso.monash.edu.au in the assignment section of the website.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Late assignments are not accepted unless special arrangement have been advised

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. 

There is normally no assignment extensions

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

Unit related communication using discussion groups and personal communication using email


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

Consultation Times

On-line consultation

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 Iqbal Gondal
Senior Lecturer
Phone +61 3 990 26669

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: Jul 17, 2006