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FIT2008 Networks and data communications - Semester 2, 2011

This unit will introduce students to fundamentals of distributed networked environment. The unit provides knowledge of internetworking standards and understanding of the networking architecture, technology and operation.

Mode of Delivery

Sunway (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload

Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:

  • A two-hour lecture and
  • A two-hour tutorial (or laboratory) requiring advance preparation
  • A minimum of 8 hours of personal study in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

(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

Prohibitions

BUS2062, CSE2004, CSE2318, CSE3318, GCO3812, CPE1007, FIT1005, BUS3150

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Sunway

Chan Ee Lyn

Tutors

Sunway

Chan Ee Lyn

Academic Overview

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will have -
The ability to:

  • discuss network architecture standards for open systems;
  • describe ISO reference and Internet models;
  • explain fundamentals and technologies of physical, data-link and network layers;
  • understand the functions and architectures of LAN and WAN; and
  • analyse and design LAN architecture for organisational requirements.
Developed attitudes that enable them to:
  • adopt a problem solving approach;
  • accept the code of professional conduct and practice; and
  • act in accordance with best practice, industry standards and professional ethics.
Developed the skills to:
  • gain practical skills to analyse data communication networks.
Demonstrated the communication skills necessary to:
  • cooperate effectively within small groups; and
  • present their work in various forms.

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 (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 15% Week 5 - Monday 22 August 2011 at 12PM
Assignment 2 20% Week 12 - Monday 17 October 2011 at 12PM
Hands-on Lab Practical 5% During Week 7 labs - starting Monday 5 September 2011
Unit Test 10% During the Week 08 lecture
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

Feedback

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

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:
http://www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/directions.html
http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
https://emuapps.monash.edu.au/unitevaluations/index.jsp

Required Resources

Wireshark

Wireshark is freely available from - http://www.wireshark.org/

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 No lecture No formal assessment is undertaken in Week 0
1 Introduction to Data Communications, Data Networking, and Protocol Architecture  
2 Data Transmission: Signals and their characteristics  
3 Transmission Media  
4 Signal Encoding Techniques  
5 Signal Encoding Techniques (continued) Assignment 1 due on Monday 22 August 2011 at 12PM
6 Digital Data Communications Techniques  
7 Data Link Control Hands-on 2 assessment - During Week 7 labs - starting Monday 5 September 2011
8 Multiplexing Unit Test, during this week's lecture
9 LAN Overview  
10 High Speed LANs  
11 Internetworking  
12 Internetworking Assignment 2 due on Monday 17 October 2011 at 12PM
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

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

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Assignment 1
    Description:
    This assignment tests your theoretical understanding of the introductory data communications concepts through a series of short answer questions and a short essay relating to a networking topic.
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question.
    2. Presentation - that you have presented your answers in a suitably formatted report style.
    3. Use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position by using logical argument drawing on the theory presented in the unit.
    Due date:
    Week 5 - Monday 22 August 2011 at 12PM
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Assignment 2
    Description:
    This is a group assignment. It provides an opportunity for you to apply data communications concepts to a practical networking example. You will be required to analyse a case study and make networking recommendations based on the user requirements. This assignment will also allow you to present your solutions in a formal report format. It includes a component on wide area networking.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Correctness and understanding - there may be more than one "right" answer in many cases. We will look for answers that reflect understanding of the underlying principles and theories.
    2. Completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question.
    3. Presentation - that you have presented your answers in a suitably formatted report style.
    4. Use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position by using logical argument drawing on the theory presented in the unit.

    A marking guide will be provided on the unit website detailing the overall marks distribution and for allocating marks in a way that recognizes different contributions of group members for this assessment.

    Due date:
    Week 12 - Monday 17 October 2011 at 12PM
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Hands-on Lab Practical
    Description:
    Students will be asked to perform a set of networking tasks in the lab and note their results. The results will be assessed.
    Weighting:
    5%
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question.
    2. Presentation - that you have presented your answers in a suitably formatted report style.
    Due date:
    During Week 7 labs - starting Monday 5 September 2011
  • Assessment task 4
    Title:
    Unit Test
    Description:
    The unit test will be conducted during the lecture of teaching week 08. the total time for the test will be one hour. It will be closed book. No electronic devices will be permitted for use in the test except non-programmmable calculaters.
    Weighting:
    10%
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question.
    2. Presentation - that you have presented your answers in a suitably formatted report style.
    Due date:
    During the Week 08 lecture

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    50%
    Length:
    2 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    Only non-programmable calculators will be allowed in the exam.

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information

Policies

Student services

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Recommended Text:

Data and Computer Comunications by William Stallings, 8ed, Pearson - Prentice Hall

Reference Text:

Data Communications and Networking by Behrouz A. Foruzan, 4th ed, McGraw hill