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FIT1005 Networks and data communications - Semester 2, 2014

This unit introduces students to fundamentals of distributed networked environment. It provides knowledge of internetworking standards and understanding of the networking architecture, technology and operation.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • Two hours lectures
  • Two hours laboratories

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships


BUS2062, BUS3150, CPE1007, CSE2004, CSE2318, CSE3318, CSE9801, GCO3812, FIT2008

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Malik Khan



Malik Khan

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  • discuss network architecture standards for open systems;
  • describe OSI reference Internet models;
  • explain fundamentals and technologies of physical, data-link and network layers;
  • describe the functions and architectures of LAN and WAN;
  • analyse and design LAN architecture for organisational requirements;
  • analyse data communication networks;
  • cooperate effectively within small groups;
  • present their work in various forms.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Students should register for tutorials No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 LN1: Introduction to Data Communications, Data Networking, and Protocol Architecture Tutorials start from Week 2
2 LN2: Data Transmission: Signals and their characteristics Hands-On (HO) exercise HO-1 start
3 LN3: Transmission Media  
4 LN4: Signal Encoding Techniques  
5 LN4: Signal Encoding Techniques (End) LN5: Digital Data Communications Techniques Assignment 1 due Friday 29 August 2014, 4:00 PM
6 LN6: Data Link Control Protocols  
7 LN7: Multiplexing Hands-on Lab Practical Assessment during the tutorial/lab in Week 7
8 LN8: LAN Overview Unit Test during lecture in Week 8
9 LN9: High Speed LANs  
10 LN10: Application: EMAIL, HTTP & DNS  
11 LN11: Internetworking-I  
12 LN12: Internetworking-II (continued) Assignment 2 due Friday 24 October 2014, 4:00 PM
  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 learning system.

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

Assessment Summary

Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 15% Friday 29 August 2014, 4:00 PM
Assignment 2 20% Friday 24 October 2014, 4:00 PM
Hands-on Lab Practical 5% During the tutorial/lab in Week 7 (between 8 - 12 September 2014)
Unit Test 10% During the lecture in Week 8 (Week starting 15 September 2014)
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1
    This assignment tests your theoretical understanding of the introductory data communications concepts through a series of short answer questions.
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question.
    2. Presentation - that you have presented your answers in a suitably formatted report style.
    3. Use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position by using logical argument drawing on the theory presented in the unit.
    Due date:
    Friday 29 August 2014, 4:00 PM
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2
    This is a group assignment. It provides an opportunity for you to apply data communications concepts to a practical networking example. You will be required to analyse a case study and make networking recommendations based on the user requirements. This assignment will also allow you to present your solutions in a formal report format.

    Contributions from individual members of a group will be described in the formal report. Such data will be used to individualise student marks in cases of substantially inequitable work put in by members of a given group.
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Correctness and understanding - there may be more than one "right" answer in many cases. We will look for answers that reflect understanding of the underlying principles and theories.
    2. Completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question. 
    3. Presentation - that you have presented your answers in a suitably formatted report style.
    4. Use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position by using logical argument drawing on the theory presented in the unit.

    A marking guide will be provided on the unit website detailing the over all marks distribution and for allocating marks in a way that recognises different contributions of group members for this assessment.

    Due date:
    Friday 24 October 2014, 4:00 PM
  • Assessment task 3
    Hands-on Lab Practical
    Students will be asked to perform a set of networking tasks in the lab and note their results. The results will be assessed.
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question.
    2. Presentation - that you have presented your answers in a suitably formatted report style.
    Due date:
    During the tutorial/lab in Week 7 (between 8 - 12 September 2014)
  • Assessment task 4
    Unit Test
    A one-hour unit test will be conducted during the lecture of Week 8. It will be closed book, and no electronic devices will be permitted except for non-programmmable calculators.
    Criteria for assessment:
    Due date:
    During the lecture in Week 8 (Week starting 15 September 2014)
    Only non-programmable calculators will be allowed in the test.


  • Examination 1
    2 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    Only non-programmable calculators will be allowed in the exam.

Learning resources

Reading list

  • Behrouz A. Forouzan, Data Communications and Networking, 4th Edition, 2007, or 5th Edition 2013 McGraw-Hill.
  • David Stamper et al, Business Data Communications, 6th Edition, 2003, Prentice Hall.
  • Fred Halsall, Data Communications, Computer Networks, and Open Systems, 4th Edition, 1998, Addison-Wesley
  • Kurose and Ross, Computer Networking – A top-down approach, 6th Edition, 2012.

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

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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
  • Other: Graded hands-on exercise

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

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Prescribed text(s)

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

William Stallings. (2007 or 2012 or 2013 (latest)). Data and Computer Communications. (8th or 9th or 10th (latest) Edition) Prentice Hall (ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0133506488).

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