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Professor Balasubramaniam Srinivasan
Phone: +61 3 990 31333 +61 3 990 55333
Fax: +61 3 990 31077

Lecturer(s) / Leader(s):


Professor Balasubramaniam Srinivasan
Phone: +61 3 990 31333 +61 3 990 55333
Fax: +61 3 990 31077


The subject will cover the need for protocols and describe in detail  few fundamental and  popular protocols that are used to operate the Internet and intranets. A selection of  interesting and important applications where these protocols are used will be discussed.

Unit synopsis

In-depth coverage of the protocols used to operate the Internet and intranets, and a selection of major applications, including specific implementations of the protocols and systems. The topics include: Advanced Internet Addressing: IPv6, subnetting, supernetting. TCP Performance and Enhancements: Reno, New-Reno, Fast Retransmit and Recovery, etc. Unicast and multicast routing protocols: BGP4, OSPF, MOSPF, DVMRP, etc. Messaging systems: SMTP, MIME, POP3, IMAP, World Wide Web systems: client-server implementations, HTTP, Real Time Protocols: RTP, RTCP,RSVP. Security and Firewall. Quality of Service issues: DiffServ and IntServ. Network management and Remote File activities.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will:
  • have a well-developed conceptual framework, enabling them to keep pace with developments in the rapidly changing field of network computing;
  • have a thorough understanding of one or more specialised areas of study within network computing;
  • be familiar with using current technology, systems and software relevant to network computing;
  • be able to practise professionally as a network computing specialist.

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorials/wk


For on campus students, workload commitments are:

  • two-hour lecture and
  • two-hour discussion/tutorial class which requires advance preparation; it is expected that every student participates in the discussions and
  • a minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to learn and understand the issues discussed in the class and prepare for the discussion questions.
  • You will need to allocate up to 6 hours per week in some weeks, for the assignment and the mid-semester test including time to read papers from the library as well as discussion with your group members on your project/research.

Unit relationships



Teaching and learning method

Teaching approach

Discussion classes are primarily used to reinforce and augment the concepts discussed in the lectures. The discussion class will have a number of questions and  examples for which students have to identify answers. The discussion class will be structured as a group activity where the students will be divided into small groups of 2 to 3 and they are expected to derive answers to the questions and present them to the entire class. Hence it is expected that the students have to do some preparation before coming to the discussion class and actively participate in the discussions.

Timetable information

For information on timetabling for on-campus classes please refer to MUTTS, http://mutts.monash.edu.au/MUTTS/

Tutorial allocation

On-campus students should register for tutorials/laboratories using the Allocate+ system: http://allocate.its.monash.edu.au/

Unit Schedule

Week Date* Topic Key dates
1 19/07/10 Introduction to Networking and Internet Protocols- Review  
2 26/07/10 Internet Address Classes+ Address Resolution  
3 02/08/10 Improved IP addressing  
4 09/08/10 IP, ICMP, IGMP and UDP  
5 16/08/10 Routing Protocols in internet  
6 23/08/10 EGP,BGP -Routing of Autonomous Systems  
7 30/08/10 OSPF Routing  
8 06/09/10 Dynamic IP allocation  
9 13/09/10 IP multicast  
10 20/09/10 Internet Applications Mid Semester Test
Mid semester break
11 04/10/10 Internet Applications - Migration to IPSecV6 Assignment Due
12 11/10/10 Internet Applications - VoIP, IPTV etc  
13 18/10/10 Revision and Summary  

*Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

Unit Resources

Prescribed text(s) and readings

  • B. Forouzan, TCP/IP Protocol Suite, McGraw-Hill, 2007 ( A number of copies are available at Monash Libraries)
  • Recommended text(s) and readings

  • B. Forouzan, TCP/IP Protocol Suite, McGraw-Hill, 2007.
  • M. Norris and S Pretty, Designing the total area network, John Wiley & Sons, 2000.
  • L. A Chapppell and E Tittel, Guide to TCP/IP, Course Technology, Thomson Learning, 2002.
  • Geoff Huston, Vinton G. Cerf, Lyman Chapin, Internet Performance Survival Guide John Wiley & Sons; 2000
  • D. Comer (with D. Stevens), Internetworking with TCP/IP, 3 Volumes, Prentice-Hall, 2006.
  • J. T. Moy OSPF: Anatomy of an Internet routing protocol, Addison-Wesley, 1998.
  • B. Halabi, Internet Routing Architectures, Cisco Press, 1997.
  • J. D. Wegner, Robert Rockell (Editor), IP Addressing and Subnetting, Including IPv6, Publishers' Group West; 1999
  • P. Loshin,  IPv6 Clearly Explained, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Inc. 1999.
  • Study resources

    Study resources we will provide for your study are:

    A condensed version of lecture notes, assignment/project descriptions and  some related references will be provided. A number of copies of both the prescribed test and recommended texts are available in Monash libraries. Also the students  need to use the Monash libraries to  gathering information for the assignment/project.



    Examination: 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

    Faculty assessment policy

    To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

    • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
    • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
    • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

    If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit.

    Assignment tasks

    Assignment coversheets

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Assignment submission and return procedures, and assessment criteria will be specified with each assignment.

    Assignment submission and preparation requirements will be detailed in each assignment specification. Submission must be made by the due date otherwise penalties will be enforced. You must negotiate any extensions formally with your campus unit leader via the in-semester special consideration process: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/equity/special-consideration.html.

    • Assignment task 1
      Practical Project/Case Study/Set of quizzes
      The nature of the assignment will be decided in the first week based on the background and feedback from the enrolled students. Based the result  of the survey, a description of this assessment will be provided in week 3.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Understanding of the basic priciples and the functionalities of the different layer internet protocols and how they be used and matched to an  application's requirements.

      Due date:
      Week 11 of the semester fro the practial project or cases study; otherwise every even week of the semester
    • Assignment task 2
      Mid Semester Test
      Possibly a mutliple choice test covering the topics upto week 8.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Demonstrate the understanding of the priciples as well their  application  to real world situations and problems.

      Due date:
      Week 10 Tutorial Class


    • Weighting:
      2 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    See Appendix for End of semester special consideration / deferred exams process.

    Due dates and extensions

    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 not regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. Students are advised to NOT assume that granting of an extension is a matter of course.

    Students requesting an extension for any assessment during semester (eg. Assignments, tests or presentations) are required to submit a Special Consideration application form (in-semester exam/assessment task), along with original copies of supporting documentation, directly to their lecturer within two working days before the assessment submission deadline. Lecturers will provide specific outcomes directly to students via email within 2 working days. The lecturer reserves the right to refuse late applications.

    A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

    Refer to the Faculty Special consideration webpage or further details and to access application forms: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/equity/special-consideration.html

    Late assignment

    Assignments received after the due date will NOT be graded.

    Return dates

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


    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

    Graded assignments with comments

    Test results and feedback

    Quiz results

    Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments


    Please visit the following URL: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/units/appendix.html for further information about:

    • Continuous improvement
    • Unit evaluations
    • Communication, participation and feedback
    • Library access
    • Monash University Studies Online (MUSO)
    • Plagiarism, cheating and collusion
    • Register of counselling about plagiarism
    • Non-discriminatory language
    • Students with disability
    • End of semester special consideration / deferred exams
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