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Monash University

FIT2020 Network architecture - Semester 1, 2011

This unit will introduce students to advances in the distributed networked environment. The unit provides knowledge of internetworking protocols, QoS for critical applications, network management and TCP/IP operation. Access to the university's computer systems through an internet service provider is compulsory for distance education students.

Mode of Delivery

  • Gippsland (Day)
  • Gippsland (Off-campus)
  • South Africa (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorials/wk


For on campus students, workload commitments are:

  • two-hour lecture and
  • two-hour tutorial
  • a minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.
  • You will need to allocate up to 5 hours per week in some weeks, for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however, you should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

Unit Relationships




One of FIT1031, FIT1005 or GCO3812 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Iqbal Gondal

Campus Lecturer


Iqbal Gondal

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • describe the ISO OSI reference model;
  • analyse physical layer for networking;
  • understand the architecture of data link layer for networking;
  • analyse the main functions and design issues of the network layer;
describe the operation of IPv6;
  • analyse the operation of TCP;
  • understand integrated and differentiated services architecture;
  • understand network management architecture;
  • understand the basic concepts of multimedia communications and QoS.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Examination (3 hours): 60%: In-semester assessment: 40%

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Assignment 1 15% 17th April 2011
    Assignment 2 25% 29th May 2011
    Examination 1 60% To be advised

    Teaching Approach

    Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
    The teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning, equipping you with the ability to apply skills upon completion


    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
    • Graded assignments with comments
    • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

    Your feedback to Us

    Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:

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    Required Resources

    OPNET software trail version from OPNET.COM (Free for teaching and learning purposes)

    Wireshark free software from website (wireshark.org)

    Recommended Resources

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11 Orientation week No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Concepts of Protocols and Layered Architecture  
    2 07/03/11 Physical Layer: Data and Signals a Theoretical Concepts  
    3 14/03/11 Physical layer: Transmission Media  
    4 21/03/11 Data Link layer: Communication Techniques  
    5 28/03/11 Data link layer: HDLC  
    6 04/04/11 WAN: Circuit and Packet Switched  
    7 11/04/11 Routing Schemes and congestion Control Assignment 01 due
    8 18/04/11 Internetworking and IP  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Internetworking and IP Version 6 (IPv6)  
    10 09/05/11 Internetworking Operation  
    11 16/05/11 Transport Layer Operation: TCP and UDP  
    12 23/05/11 Application layer: Network Management and Multimedia Assignment 02 due
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

    *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.

    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

    Assessment Tasks


    • Assessment task 1
      Assignment 1
      This assignment will test concepts of layered approach, phyical and data link layers
      Criteria for assessment:

      Student should demonstrate skills in OSI model, internetworking, physical & data link layers

      Due date:
      17th April 2011
    • Assessment task 2
      Assignment 2
      This assignment will test concepts of wide area networks, routing protocols, transport layer,  network management, QoS and application layer. This assignment will also require students to do lab work and include results to support their answers.
      Criteria for assessment:

      Students should demonstrate skills in WAN,  routing protocols, transport layer,  network management and application layer.

      Due date:
      29th May 2011


    • Examination 1
      3 hours
      Type (open/closed book):
      Closed book
      Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

    Assignment submission

    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.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments


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    • William Stallings, Data Communications and Networking, Prentice Hall, 8th Edition, 2007
    • Kevin Brown and Leann Christianson, Opnet Lab Manual – Data and Computer Communications. 7/e.
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