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FIT2020 Network architecture - Semester 1, 2014

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 (Off-campus)
  • South Africa (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture, tutorial and laboratory sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

GCO3824

Prerequisites

One of FIT1031, FIT1005 or GCO3812 or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Gippsland

Joarder Kamruzzaman

South Africa

Mohan Das

Tutors

Gippsland

Joarder Kamruzzaman

South Africa

Mohan Das

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Academic Overview

Learning 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.

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  
7 Routing Schemes and congestion Control Assignment 1 due on Friday 18 April 2014 (midnight)
8 Internetworking and IP  
9 Internetworking and IP Version 6 (IPv6)  
10 Internetworking Operation  
11 Transport Layer Operation: TCP and UDP Assignment 2 due on Friday 23 May 2014 (midnight)
12 Application Layer: Network Management and Multimedia  
  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 learning system.

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

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 60%: In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 15% Friday 18 April 2014 (midnight)
Assignment 2 25% Friday 23 May 2014 (midnight)
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

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:
    Friday 18 April 2014 (midnight)
  • 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:
    Friday 23 May 2014 (midnight)

Examinations

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

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

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

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-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.

Required Resources

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

OPNET software trial version from OPNET.COM (free for teaching and learning purposes).

Wireshark software from wireshark.org (free).

Prescribed text(s)

Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.

William Stallings. (2007). Data and Computer Communications. (8th Edition) Prentice Hall.

Kevin Brown and Leann Christianson. (2004). Opnet Lab Manual - Data and Computer Communications. (7th Edition) Addison Wesley Longman.

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