GCO4824 Data communication and networks - Semester 2 , 2007

Unit leader :

Iqbal Gondal

Lecturer(s) :


  • Iqbal Gondal


Unit synopsis

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.

Learning outcomes

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.


It is recommended that students should spend from 10-12 hours per week for this unit.

Unit relationships


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


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




Continuous improvement

Monash is committed to ‘Excellence in education' and strives for the highest possible quality in teaching and learning. To monitor how successful we are in providing quality teaching and learning Monash regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. Two of the formal ways that you are invited to provide feedback are through Unit Evaluations and through Monquest Teaching Evaluations.

One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through Unit Evaluation Surveys. It is Monash policy for every unit offered to be evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys as they are an important avenue for students to "have their say". The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

Student Evaluations

The Faculty of IT administers the Unit Evaluation surveys online through the my.monash portal, although for some smaller classes there may be alternative evaluations conducted in class.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to http://www.monash.edu.au/unit-evaluation-reports/

Over the past few years the Faculty of Information Technology has made a number of improvements to its courses as a result of unit evaluation feedback. Some of these include systematic analysis and planning of unit improvements, and consistent assignment return guidelines.

Monquest Teaching Evaluation surveys may be used by some of your academic staff this semester. They are administered by the Centre for Higher Education Quality (CHEQ) and may be completed in class with a facilitator or on-line through the my.monash portal. The data provided to lecturers is completely anonymous. Monquest surveys provide academic staff with evidence of the effectiveness of their teaching and identify areas for improvement. Individual Monquest reports are confidential, however, you can see the summary results of Monquest evaluations for 2006 at http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/cheq/evaluations/monquest/profiles/index.html

Unit staff - contact details

Unit leader

Dr Iqbal Gondal
Senior Lecturer
Phone +61 3 990 26669

Lecturer(s) :

Dr Iqbal Gondal
Senior Lecturer
Phone +61 3 990 26669

Teaching and learning method

This is on line unit, discussion groups and reading material are provided on muso.monash.edu.au

Communication, participation and feedback

Monash aims to provide a learning environment in which students receive a range of ongoing feedback throughout their studies. You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This may take the form of group feedback, individual feedback, peer feedback, self-comparison, verbal and written feedback, discussions (on line and in class) as well as more formal feedback related to assignment marks and grades. You are encouraged to draw on a variety of feedback to enhance your learning.

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem that is affecting your study. Semesters are 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.

Unit Schedule

Week Topic Key dates
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 Assignment 1 Due date
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  
Mid semester break
11 Network security Assignment 2 due date
12 Internet applications and Multimedia communications  
13 Revision  

Unit Resources

Prescribed text(s) and readings

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

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.

Recommended text(s) and readings

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

Required software and/or hardware

There is no software requirement

Equipment and consumables required or provided

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.

Study resources

Study resources we will provide for your study are:

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

Library access

The Monash University Library site contains details about borrowing rights and catalogue searching. To learn more about the library and the various resources available, please go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.

Monash University Studies Online (MUSO)

All unit and lecture materials are available through the MUSO (Monash University Studies Online) site. You can access this site by going to:

  1. a) https://muso.monash.edu.au or
  2. b) via the portal (http://my.monash.edu.au).

Click on the Study and enrolment tab, then the MUSO hyperlink.

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  • Supported Java runtime environment

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Unit assessment policy

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.

Assignment tasks

  • Assignment Task
    Title :
    Assignment 1
    Description :
    Details will be posted on the muso.monash.edu.au
    Weighting :
    Criteria for assessment :
    Criteria for assessment will be given on the MUSO website along with the Assignment specification
    Due date :
  • Assignment Task
    Title :
    Assignment 2
    Description :
    Description will be posted on the website (muso.monash.edu.au)
    Weighting :
    Criteria for assessment :
    Criteria for assessment will be given on the MUSO website along with the Assignment specification
    Due date :


  • Examination
    Weighting :
    Length :
    3 hours
    Type ( open/closed book ) :
    closed book

Assignment submission

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

Assignment coversheets

University and Faculty policy on assessment

Due dates and extensions

The due dates for the submission of assignments are given in the previous section. Please make every effort to submit work by the due dates. 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. Students are advised to NOT assume that granting of an extension is a matter of course.

Requests for extensions must be made to the unit lecturer at your campus 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.

Late assignment

Late assignments are not accepted unless special arrangement have been advised

Return dates

Students can expect assignments to be returned within two weeks of the submission date or after receipt, whichever is later.

Assessment for the unit as a whole is in accordance with the provisions of the Monash University Education Policy at:


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

Plagiarism, cheating and collusion

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 (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/about/committees-groups/facboard/policies/studrights.html) 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.

Register of counselling about plagiarism

The university requires faculties to keep a simple and confidential register to record counselling to students about plagiarism (e.g. warnings). The register is accessible to Associate Deans Teaching (or nominees) and, where requested, students concerned have access to their own details in the register. The register is to serve as a record of counselling about the nature of plagiarism, not as a record of allegations; and no provision of appeals in relation to the register is necessary or applicable.

Non-discriminatory language

The Faculty of Information Technology is committed to the use of non-discriminatory language in all forms of communication. Discriminatory language is that which refers in abusive terms to gender, race, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or nationality, ethnic or language background, physical or mental ability, or political or religious views, or which stereotypes groups in an adverse manner. This is not meant to preclude or inhibit legitimate academic debate on any issue; however, the language used in such debate should be non-discriminatory and sensitive to these matters. It is important to avoid the use of discriminatory language in your communications and written work. The most common form of discriminatory language in academic work tends to be in the area of gender inclusiveness. You are, therefore, requested to check for this and to ensure your work and communications are non-discriminatory in all respects.

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities that may disadvantage them in assessment should seek advice from one of the following before completing assessment tasks and examinations:

Deferred assessment and special consideration

Deferred assessment (not to be confused with an extension for submission of an assignment) may be granted in cases of extenuating personal circumstances such as serious personal illness or bereavement. Special consideration in the awarding of grades is also possible in some circumstances. Information and forms for Special Consideration and deferred assessment applications are available at http://www.monash.edu.au/exams/special-consideration.html. Contact the Faculty's Student Services staff at your campus for further information and advice.