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FIT2020 Network architecture - Semester 1, 2012

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

Workload

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

Prohibitions

GCO3824

Prerequisites

One of FIT1031, FIT1005 or GCO3812 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Gippsland

Joarder Kamruzzaman

South Africa

Oladayo Bello

Tutors

Gippsland

Joarder Kamruzzaman

South Africa

Oladayo Bello

Academic Overview

Outcomes

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% 8th April 2012
Assignment 2 25% 18th May 2012
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

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
  • 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:
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

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.

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

Wireshark free software from website (wireshark.org)

Prescribed text(s)

Prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.

William Stallings. (2007). Data and Computer Communications. (Eighth edition) Prentice Hall.

Kevin Brown and Leann Christianson. (2004). Opnet Lab Manual â Data and Computer Communications. (Seventh Edition) Addison Wesley Longman.

Recommended Resources











Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Orientation week No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Concepts of Protocols and Layered Architecture  
2 Physical Layer: Data and Signals a Theoretical Concepts  
3 Physical layer: Transmission Media  
4 Data Link layer: Communication Techniques  
5 Data link layer: HDLC  
6 WAN: Circuit and Packet Switched Assignment 01 due 8th April 2012
7 Routing Schemes and congestion Control  
8 Internetworking and IP  
9 Internetworking and IP Version 6 (IPv6)  
10 Internetworking Operation  
11 Transport Layer Operation: TCP and UDP Assignment 02 due 18th May 2012
12 Application layer: Network Management and Multimedia .
  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

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Assignment 1
    Description:
    This assignment will test concepts of layered approach, phyical and data link layers
    Weighting:
    15%
    Criteria for assessment:

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

    Due date:
    8th April 2012
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Assignment 2
    Description:
    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.
    Weighting:
    25%
    Criteria for assessment:

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

    Due date:
    18th May 2012

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    60%
    Length:
    3 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).

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the VLE site for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information

Policies

Student services

The University provides many different kinds of support services for you. Contact your tutor if you need advice and see the range of services available at www.monash.edu.au/students. For Sunway see http://www.monash.edu.my/Student-services, and for South Africa see http://www.monash.ac.za/current/

The Monash University Library provides a range of services and resources that enable you to save time and be more effective in your learning and research. Go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au or the library tab in my.monash portal for more information. At Sunway, visit the Library and Learning Commons at http://www.lib.monash.edu.my/. At South Africa visit http://www.lib.monash.ac.za/.

Academic support services may be available for students who have a disability or medical condition. Registration with the Disability Liaison Unit is required. Further information is available as follows:

  • Website: http://monash.edu/equity-diversity/disability/index.html;
  • Email: dlu@monash.edu
  • Drop In: Equity and Diversity Centre, Level 1 Gallery Building (Building 55), Monash University, Clayton Campus, or Student Community Services Department, Level 2, Building 2, Monash University, Sunway Campus
  • Telephone: 03 9905 5704, or contact the Student Advisor, Student Commuity Services at 03 55146018 at Sunway

Other

READING LIST:

  • 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.