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FIT2019 Network standards and specifications - Semester 2, 2011

This unit introduces the idea of standards and the standardisation process within the networking and data communications area. It follows on from the core unit FIT1005 Networks and Data Communications with a focus on the: types of standards commonly found in information technology; creation, application and maintenance of networking standards; network protocol families, their interdependencies and sequence of development; methods used to define and maintain standards; composition and operation of the various national and international standards organisations; review of some key networking protocol standards and implementation issues.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


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

For on-campus students:
Lectures: 2 hours per week
Tutorials/Lab Sessions: 2 hours per week per tutorial
and up to an additional 8 hours in some weeks for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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


FIT1005 or CSE2318 or CSE3318 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Jefferson Tan

Academic Overview

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will:

  • have detailed understanding of families of network protocols and their interdependencies, and developed skills in their application;
  • understand the historical development of key internet protocols;
  • be familiar with the source documents and specifications used to define key internet protocols, and developed skills in their usage;
  • be familiar with the common methods used to define and promulgate network protocols
  • be able to identify the national and international organisations whose roles involve the formation of standards in this area;
  • be able to comprehend the notation used in network standard definitions including formal data and structure definition languages such as EBNF, ASN.1, SGML or XML, and developed skills in using this notation;
  • have practical experience of methods used to capture and analyse network protocol packets.

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
Assessable Tutorial Quiz 1 5% Week 3 tutorial
Assessable Tutorial Quiz 2 10% Week 6 Tutorial
Assessable Tutorial Quiz 3 10% Week 9 Tutorial
Study of a Specific Network Protocol Standard 15% Friday of Week 12 at 4 pm
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
The teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning in theoretical, historical and practical aspects of the subject. Practical exploration as well as logical analysis are highly encouraged, particularly through assessment tasks.


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
  • Quiz results

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.

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Required Resources

Prescribed text(s) and readings

  • Douglas E. Comer, Internetworking with TCP/IP: Principles, Protocols and Architecture, Vol. 1, 5E, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, ISBN 0-13-198069-6.
  • Request for Comments (RFCs) online, depending on which particular one is being studied: 

Recommended Resources

The following software resources will be helpful:

  • VMware Workstation, Player or Fusion, or similar virtualization platforms, to facilitate experimentation. Oracle VirtualBox is a free alternative, but is not identical with VMware products, and documentation for one is distinct from the other.
  • Ubuntu Linux on a virtual machine, also for experimentation. Other operating systems may serve, depending on what protocols are being studied - freely available from
  • Wireshark for packet capture and protocol analysis - freely available from

Additional subject costs

VMware Fusion is the recommended hypervisor for Mac OS X users, but it is a commercial product sold by VMware. Oracle VirtualBox is a free alternative, but is not identical with VMware products, and documentation for one is distinct from the other. 

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment is undertaken in Week 0
1 Introduction  
2 Network Protocols  
3 Layered Protocols Assessable Tutorial Quiz 1: Week 3
4 Data Notation Standards  
5 State Machines  
6 Standards and Standards Organizations Assessable Tutorial Quiz 2: Week 6
7 Physical Layer Standards  
8 Network Access Layer Standards  
9 Internet Layer Standards Assessable Tutorial Quiz 3: Week 9
10 Transport Layer Standards  
11 Application Layer Standards  
12 Other Standards and Winding Up Assignment Due Friday Week 12 at 4pm
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy:

*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


  • Assessment task 1
    Assessable Tutorial Quiz 1
    This quiz includes multiple choice questions, practical problem solving questions, and possibly some essay type questions.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Correct answers to the questions and compliance with exercise tasks to be assessed.

    Due date:
    Week 3 tutorial
  • Assessment task 2
    Assessable Tutorial Quiz 2
    This quiz includes multiple choice questions, practical problem solving questions, and possibly some essay type questions.
    Criteria for assessment:
    Correct answers to the questions and compliance with exercise tasks to be assessed.
    Due date:
    Week 6 Tutorial
  • Assessment task 3
    Assessable Tutorial Quiz 3
    This quiz includes multiple choice questions, practical problem solving questions, and possibly some essay type questions.
    Criteria for assessment:
    Correct answers to the questions and compliance with exercise tasks to be assessed.
    Due date:
    Week 9 Tutorial
  • Assessment task 4
    Study of a Specific Network Protocol Standard
    Students will individually conduct an in-depth study of a network protocol standard. The deliverable is a brief technical report and a practical demo.

    The project should involve extensive reading, testing of software implementations, and sound, technical writing.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Criteria include the level of difficulty involved, a logical evaluation of the subject matter, practical experimentation and writing up well. More weight will be given to the technical content and substance of the submitted work.

    Due date:
    Friday of Week 12 at 4 pm
    Submission of the report is in two modes:
    • electronic, as a PDF or .doc file, via Damocles,
    • and by printout, with a signed and completely filled in cover sheet, submitted via labelled boxes in the School office.
    Students should consult the Faculty's general style guide:

    Note that plagiarism is not acceptable. Good technical writing, respectful of intellectual properties of other people, is a skill that can be learned. The university library provides Learning Skills advisers for drop-in sessions, as well as a Learning Skills Online website, to assist students who are willing to seek assistance. For more information, please visit this site:


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

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement ( for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at 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

Resubmission of assignments

Students may resubmit an assignment as long as the deadline has yet to lapse.

Referencing requirements

Proper citation and referencing is required in the project. This means using a proper style of referencing, as well as actually citing the work of others. The style guide above can assist in the reference style, at least. Additionally, it must be clear that copying entire phrases of text requires quoting the text, and that paraphrasing is preferred. Also, regardless of which of these two approaches is taken, citing the source is always required.

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Other Information


Student services

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Other recommended references:

  • William Stallings, Data and Computer Communications 8E, Prentice Hall, 2007.
  • William Stallings, Wireless Communications & Networks 2E, Prentice Hall, 2004.
  • Cisco Systems Inc., Internetworking Technologies Handbook 4E, Cisco Systems, 2004.