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FIT3130 Computer network design and deployment - Semester 2, 2011

This unit aims to introduce the systematic top-down network design approach for designing enterprise computer networks. A top down process focuses on requirements analysis and architecture design, which should be completed before the selection of specific network components. The unit provides students with tested processes and tools to help them understand traffic flow, communication protocol behaviour, and internetworking technologies. On completion of the unit, students are equipped to design enterprise computer networks that meet an enterprise users requirements for functionality, capacity, performance, availability, scalability, affordability, security, and manageability.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Day)
  • South Africa (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload

  • Lectures: 2 hours per week
  • Practical classes/Tutorials : 2 hours per week
  • Private study (revision, homework and practical class preparation): 8 hours per week

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

CSE3821, CPE3004, CSE5807, FIT3030, FIT3024

Prerequisites

One of FIT1005, FIT2008, BUS2062, CPE1007, CSE2004, CSE2318, CSE3318 or GCO3812

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Dr Suttisak Jantavongso

Contact hours: Wednesday 10am - 12pm

South Africa

Dr Mohan Das

Tutors

Caulfield

Quazi Mamun

Academic Overview

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students should have:

  • a detailed knowledge and understanding of all major protocols used in LAN & WAN and WLAN;
  • an understanding of major issues in implementing these protocols;
  • a detailed knowledge and understanding of network architectures including interaction with firewalls;
  • an awareness of the latest developments in TCP/IP (e.g. IPv6, IPSec, multicasting, VoIP, QoS, iSCSI);
  • the knowledge and skills to implement and manage TCP/IP services within wired and wireless LANs;
  • understand various measures of data network performance;
  • exposition of network performance evaluation tool, Network packet analysers, and other performance measurement tools;
  • use simulation packages to construct models of computer networks;
  • use models for performance analysis and prediction;
  • make recommendations for network performance improvement;
  • practical skills in setting up TCP/IP connections and routing configurations for different environments;
  • experience in setting up LANs and WANs, and wireless LANs using standard protocols.

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): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Computer Network Design and Deployment - Group Assignment: Report and Presentation 40% Presentation in Week 9 or Week 10 Tutorial (to be confirmed), Report due Wednesday 5 October 2011, 4pm
Examination 1 60 % 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
  • 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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Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Students should register for tutorials No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction of unit, Part I - Identifying network users' needs and goals: Analysing business goals and constraints; analysing technical goals and tradeoffs  
2 Characterising the existing internetwork; characterising network traffic; **Tutorials begin this week.**  
3 Part II - Logical Network Design: designing a network topology  
4 Designing models for Addressing and Naming  
5 Selecting Switching and Routing Protocols  
6 Developing Network Security Strategies  
7 Developing Network Management Strategies  
8 Part III - Physical Network Design: Selecting Technologies and Devices for Campus Networks  
9 Selecting Technologies and Devices for Enterprise Networks Assignment Presentation in Week 9 Tutorial (to be confirmed)
10 Part IV - Testing, Optimizing, and Documenting Network Design: Testing the network design Assignment Presentation in Week 10 Tutorial (to be confirmed), Report due Wednesday 5 October 2011, 4pm
11 Optimizing your network design  
12 Documenting the network design  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken 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:
    Computer Network Design and Deployment - Group Assignment: Report and Presentation
    Description:
    Students are to write a multi-site campus network specifications document (business requirements and technical goals); carry out logical network design (topology and choice of routing protocols, etc.), selection of technologies and devices for physical design, use the simulation package to test some input traffic, observe the network performance and optimise the parts of networks to improve performance.
    Weighting:
    40%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Students will be assessed individually on their contribution to the group based project with respect to the formal group report and presentation by:

    • Quality of group presentation
    • Conciseness of report
    • Discussion of design specification
    • Evaluation of network design parameters (logical design)
    • Selection of internetworking devices and technology (physical design)
    • Design documentation, conclusion and limitation
    Due date:
    Presentation in Week 9 or Week 10 Tutorial (to be confirmed), Report due Wednesday 5 October 2011, 4pm

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    60 %
    Length:
    2 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None

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

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