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Monash University

FIT3149 Network administration - Semester 2, 2014

The unit will provide students with fundamentals and theoretical foundations of Network Administration. In addition, students will acquire practical skills needed to plan, install, configure and manage networks through laboratory activities and projects.

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 of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(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


CPE2009, CPE3012, CPE5013, CSE3153, FIT2018, FIT5034


One of CPE1007, CPE2002, CSE2318, CSE3318, FIT1005, FIT2008 or equivalent.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Mark Creado

Consultation hours: Please check the Moodle site.

Your feedback to Us

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

As a result of previous student evaluations, the course will now cover administration of IPv6 services.

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have -A knowledge and understanding of:
  • the role of a network administrator;
  • the configuration and management of common network infrastructure protocols, including DHCP, DNS, LDAP, SMTP, HTTP and others;
  • standards relevant to network management systems, including ASN.1, SNMP, SMI/MIB, RMON, DMTF/DMI, and others;
  • standards-based models and practices in fault, configuration, accounting, performance and security management of networks.
Gained important practical skills, including:
  • independent research of topics in resolving problems associated with network management;
  • understanding and use of a range of hardware and software tools for network administration;
  • installation, configuration and management of typical network application services.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction  
2 System and Network Components Assessed tutorial work
3 TCP/IP Networking  
4 Network Administration Assessed tutorial work
5 Network Services  
6 Electronic Mail and Users Assessed tutorial work
7 Network Security  
8 Directory Services and Network Monitoring Assessed tutorial work
9 Switching and Routing  
10 Wide Area Networking Assessed tutorial work
11 Network Maintenance and Operations  
12 Other Matters Project demo and submission of report
  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.

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach helps students to initially encounter information at lectures (or preferably in pre-reading), discuss and explore the information during tutorials, and practice in a hands-on lab environment.  Quizzes in tutorials give students feedback on their understanding.

Assessment Summary

Examination (2 hours): 40%; In-semester assessment: 60%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Network Administration Project 30% Both the demo and documentation are due during the student's tutorial session in Week 12
Assessed Tutorial Work 30% Tutorials of Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10
Examination 1 40% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Network Administration Project
    This is a two-part project involving (1) a demo during Week 12 tutorials, and (2) a technical report handed in during the demo. Students will be working in groups of three members at most to demonstrate a small network that includes key network components and services. The technical report accompanying this demo should describe the testbed and demonstrate the student's understanding of the entire infrastructure.

    Detailed specifications will be detailed in this unit's Moodle site.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Each group must designate equitable responsibilities for each member, who is assessed on the functionality and competent exposition of the component(s) he or she is responsible for during the demo. This assessment incorporates both the proper working of the component as well as the clarity and completeness of the demonstration by the student, which includes answering questions and performing configuration changes as required. 

    The technical documentation will be assessed as a single piece of work with one grade awarded to the group as a whole. Note that no member of the team may be limited to only working on the documentation. Each team member must bear some burden in the demonstration prototype/testbed.

    Awarding of marks will also be affected by any additional challenges freely met by the responsible student, e.g., advanced configuration and/or operation of a particular component.

    Due date:
    Both the demo and documentation are due during the student's tutorial session in Week 12
    Delegation of specific responsibilities within a team should be discussed with the tutor by Week 8, in order to avoid problems of inequitable distribution or unrealistic tasks.
  • Assessment task 2
    Assessed Tutorial Work
    Some tutorials will have assessments in them to test student understanding of concepts as well as competence with practical work. Up to 30 minutes will be devoted to the concept questions in a quiz format, while the remaining 90 minutes will be spent on tutorial work, which will be assessed with the aid of worksheets.

    The marking weight for assessed tutorials in Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 are each at 5% of the unit marks, but 10% in Week 10.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Quiz-type questions will be marked on the basis of correct answers. Practical work will be marked on the basis of whether or not the required tasks are completed competently. Partial marks may be awarded for practical work as well as short answer questions in the quizzes.

    Due date:
    Tutorials of Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10


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

Learning resources

Reading list

  • Burgess, M., Principles of Network and System Administration (2nd Ed), Wiley, 2004. (http://library.monash.edu.au/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=2017671)
  • Limonchelli, T. A., Hogan, C. J., Chalup, S. R., The Practice of System and Network Administration (2nd Ed), Addison-Wesley, 2007. (http://library.monash.edu.au/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=2253326)
  • Nemeth, E., Snyder, G., Hein, T., Whaley, B., UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (4th ed), Prentice-Hall, 2010.
  • Burke, J.R., Network Management Concepts and Practice: a Hands-on Approach, Pearson, 2004.
  • Subramanian, M.. Network Management: Principles and Practice, Addison Wesley, 2000.
  • Stallings, W., SNMP, SNMPv2, SNMPv3 and RMON I and II (3E), Addison Wesley, 1998.
  • Stallings, W., Data and Computer Communications (7E), Prentice Hall, 2004.
  • Hunt, C., TCP/IP Network Administration (3E), OReilly, 2002.
  • Mikalsen, A. and Borgesen, P., Local Area Network Management, Design and Security, John Wiley and Sons, 2002.

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

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
  • Quiz results
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Referencing requirements

The process and format of referencing in the assignment's report must follow the IEEE style. Guides and tutorials are available for the IEEE Style for IT students in the university library website.

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.

This unit will involve access to Linux virtual machines. Virtualization software (VMware Workstation) is available in the labs. VMware Player (Windows and Linux) and VirtualBox are both free. Linux itself is free to download, or you can download prepared Linux virtual machines online, e.g., via VMware marketplace.

Technological Requirements

Students must regularly check Moodle for announcements.

Students may bring a laptop or similar to class.  Mobile phones should not have audible ring during classes (i.e., they should be on vibrate, off, or not carried).

Recommended Resources

While virtualization software (VMware Workstation) is available in the labs it is strongly recommended that you install it on your own computer as well.

It is also strongly recommended that students bring an external storage device to their tutorial sessions. Even a 4 GB pendrive would be sufficient to hold a sufficiently large Linux VM, although 8 GB or more can come in handy at times.

Other Information


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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.

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