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Required Resources

You will need access to the following software:

  • A Freeware Unix of some recent flavor, preferably on a virtual machine platform such as VMware
  • Web browser for online reading references, with the typical add-ons to read PDFs, Flash, etc.
  • A word processor for writing up assignments, e.g., Microsoft Word, OpenOffice Writer.
  • A tool for creating diagrams, e.g., Microsoft Powerpoint, OpenOffice Impress, MS Visio, Dia, etc.
  • software for generating PDF output (Adobe Acrobat file)

PDFCreator and freeware Unix flavors such as Linux or FreeBSD, and various alternative products, can be downloaded from the Internet. Details will also be posted on the unit website. 

VMware Player and Server for Windows and Linux are free to download, but VMware Fusion for Mac OS X is not. Free VM "appliances" can be downloaded from the VMware marketplace. Mac OS X uses can use the underlying UNIX, but some packages are not ported perfectly (if at all), and care must be taken not to ruin your Mac OS X configuration. 

Using VMs is preferred, and is safer for the student, rather than installing Linux or BSD Unix directly onto your machine.

Additional subject costs

Desktops and networking equipment are provided for use during tutorial-labs in the Caulfield School of IT network laboratory for on-campus students. However, students will shoulder the ost of downloading documents and software from home. Students should own USB sticks and similar external storage media in order to store intermediate work, including configuration files and scripts, partial reports or entire virtual machine images, although the latter would typically require 2 to 4 GB of free space.

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 8 hours per week for reading and private study, including time for the use of a computer to access web-based discussion groups.

Unit Schedule

Week Date* Activities Assessment
0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 28/02/11 Introduction and Network Management Models  
2 07/03/11 System and Network Components  
3 14/03/11 Managing Hosts and Users  
4 21/03/11 TCP/IP Network Administration  
5 28/03/11 TCP/IP Network Services  
6 04/04/11 Configuration and Change Management assessed lab work
7 11/04/11 Accounting Management  
8 18/04/11 Security Management  
Mid semester break
9 02/05/11 Performance Management assessed lab work
10 09/05/11 Fault Management  
11 16/05/11 Other Network Management Concerns  
12 23/05/11 Research in Network Administration and Revisions Project demos during tutorials, and report due Friday
  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
    Laboratory Assessments
    Two assessments with marking weights of 10% each will be administered during tutorials in the laboratory, covering theoretical and practical topics covered in previous weeks.
    Criteria for assessment:

    The assessment requires that exercises are correctly accomplished by individual students.

    Due date:
    The assessments will be held during tutorials of Weeks 6 and 9.
  • Assessment task 2
    Network administration project
    This project will entail both practical and theoretical aspects of the unit. Students in groups, of at most three members each, will be required to build a small network, configured with a few basic network services. Concise documentation will also be required for submission. More details will be made available to students in Moodle by Week 4, but will include the following:
    1. A practical demo of the installation, configuration and operation of the network and its services. 
    2. Students will be expected to answer questions during the demo. 
    3. A concise report that documents the network will be submitted on the Friday of Week 12.
    Students will be given time to work on their project during some tutorial hours using lab equipment.

    Note that the network to be built may consist of physical or virtual machines, or a combination of both. There are obvious advantages to using virtual machines, and so that option is highly encouraged.
    Criteria for assessment:

    The outcome of practical work will be assessed during demos, while reports will be assessed separately. Demonstrations must show correct configuration, operation and, in some cases, customization of network components, both hardware and software. Students will also be asked to answer questions to show an understanding of the components being demonstrated. The report will be assessed based on reasonable correctness of network design, choice of services and policies.

    Due date:
    Practical outcomes will be demonstrated during tutorials on Week 12. Reports will be due on the Friday of Week 12.
    The report component of this project must be submitted electronically via Damocles: http://viper.infotech.monash.edu.au/damocles/submit/. Note the following:
    • Damocles is not simply a submission system: it detects and rates plagiarism based on matches between assignments, across semesters, as well as with online sources.
    • University policies on plagiarism must be followed. Failure to do so may constitute grounds for exclusion of the submitted report and/or failure in this unit.
    • Electronically submitted documents must be in the following formats: Word 97/XP .doc (not .docx), RTF (rich text format) or non-scanned PDF (Adobe Acrobat).
    • Multiple submissions are possible, with previous submissions to be overwritten, but only the latest submission will be marked.
    • Non-compliant submissions will be rejected, and deadlines may not be extended accordingly, so students must verify that their documents are readable and compliant with one of the formats listed above.
    • The Faculty cover sheet for assignments must be submitted separately: printed, filled out and signed, and dropped into a box labelled for this unit in Bldg H, Level 6, near the School's reception desk. It may alternatively be scanned and e-mailed to the lecturer with the subject heading "FIT5034 assignment cover sheet".


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

Referencing requirements

Reference sources used in the project, particularly in preparing the report, should be properly paraphrased as well as cited in the body of the report as well as in a separate Bibliography. In rare cases, the actual text from the source may be quoted and likewise cited in the body and the Bibliography. Failure to do so may be grounds for a case of plagiarism being brought up. This may result in the exclusion of the submitted assignment and/or failure in this unit.


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Reading List

No particular textbook is required. Instead, several online and published materials are more than sufficient for this unit, including these primary references:

  • Nemeth, E., Snyder, G., Hein, T., & Whaley, B., The UNIX and Linux Systems Administration Handbook (4th ed), Prentice-Hall (2010).
  • Burgess, M., Principles of Network & System Administration 2nd Ed. Wiley (2004) ISBN 0-470-86807-4. (http://library.monash.edu.au/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=2017671)
  • Limonchelli, T. A., Hogan, C. J., Chalup, S. R. The Practice of System and Network
    (2nd Ed), Addison-Wesley, 2007, ISBN 0-321-49266-8. (http://library.monash.edu.au/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=2253326)
  • Clemm, A., Network Management Fundamentals, Cisco Press (2007).
  • Subramanian, M., Network management: Principles and Practice Addison-Wesley (2000).
  • Burke, J.R., NETWORK MANAGEMENT Concepts and Practice Pearson Prentice Hall (2004).
  • Stallings. W., Data and Computer Communications 8th Ed. Prentice Hall (2007).
  • Mikalsen A., & Borgesen P., Local Area Network Management, Design and Security Wiley (2002).
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