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Monash University

FIT5010 Advanced internet protocols and applications - Semester 2, 2013

In-depth coverage of the protocols used to operate the Internet and intranets, and a selection of major applications, including specific implementations of the protocols and systems. The topics include: Advanced Internet Addressing: IPv6, subnetting, supernetting. TCP Performance and Enhancements: Reno, New-Reno, Fast Retransmit and Recovery, etc. Unicast and multicast routing protocols: BGP4, OSPF, MOSPF, DVMRP, etc. Messaging systems: SMTP, MIME, POP3, IMAP, World Wide Web systems: client-server implementations, HTTP, Real Time Protocols: RTP, RTCP,RSVP. Security and Firewall. Quality of Service issues: DiffServ and IntServ. Network management and Remote File activities.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorials/wk

Workload requirements

For on-campus students, workload commitments are:

  • Lectures: 2 hours per week
  • Tutorials/Lab Sessions: 2 hours per week per tutorial which requires advanced preparation

and up to an additional 8 hours in some weeks for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships



Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Colin Enticott

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will:
  • have a well-developed conceptual framework, enabling them to keep pace with developments in the rapidly changing field of network computing;
  • have a thorough understanding of one or more specialised areas of study within network computing;
  • be familiar with using current technology, systems and software relevant to network computing;
  • be able to practise professionally as a network computing specialist.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Review knowledge of Data Communications and Networks before coming to the first lecture No formal assessment and activities are undertaken in Week 0
1 IPv6 - An Introduction and comparison with IPv4  
2 IPv6 - Control messages  
3 IP protocols and their operations I  
4 IP protocols and their operations II  
5 Routing  
6 Neighborhood discovery  
7 Applications I  
8 Applications II Research Topic Report due
9 Applications III Mid-semester Test in tutorial
10 Research Topic Presentation I Research Topic Presentation in lecture (to be scheduled)
11 Research Topic Presentation II Research Topic Presentation in lecture (to be scheduled)
12 Research Topic Presentation III Research Topic Presentation in lecture (to be scheduled)
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Assessment Summary

Examination: 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Mid-semester Test 25% Week 9 tutorial
Research Topic (Report and Presentation) 25% Report due Week 8; Presentation in Week 10, 11 or 12 lecture (to be scheduled)
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.

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)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Mid-semester Test
    A multiple choice / short answer paper to test the understanding of the conceptual principles of the internet and how it operates.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Understanding of the principles, as well their application to real world situations and problems, is demonstrated.

    Due date:
    Week 9 tutorial
  • Assessment task 2
    Research Topic (Report and Presentation)
    Each student will be given a random topic that is the related to the unit. Students need to do research in the library as well as on the internet, submit a written report in Week 8 and make a presentation of 30 - 40 minutes to the entire class. The topic for this study will be assigned in Week 2.

    The written report will be marked by the lecturer/tutor for its content, analysis and conclusion. The presentation will be evaluated by the lecturer, tutor and the students in the class.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Written report and presentation:

    1. Quality of content
    2. Depth of analysis
    3. Quality of conclusion

    Marks: 15% for the report, 5% for the presentation and 5% for peer evaluation.

    Due date:
    Report due Week 8; Presentation in Week 10, 11 or 12 lecture (to be scheduled)


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

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List

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
  • Test results and feedback
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

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). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

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

Other Information


Graduate Attributes Policy

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

Your feedback to Us

Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

For the first time in 2011 this unit included a research topic and presentation to the entire class. Student feedback indicated that this provided a broader perspective of Internet Protocols and their applications. This will continue to be included for this year.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to

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