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Monash University

FIT5010 Network protocols standards - Semester 2, 2015

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)

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.

See also Unit timetable information

Unit Relationships


(FIT9135 or FIT5135 or FIT9020) or equivalent

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Colin Enticott

Your feedback to Us

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For more information on Monash’s educational strategy, see:

www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/ and on student evaluations, see: www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

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

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  • identify the appropriate Internet protocols for a given application development;
  • design client-server applications using the TCP/IP protocols;
  • configure and performance tuning of Internet communications;
  • investigate and analyse the current technology, systems and software relevant to networks in an organisataion;
  • setup corporate networks and manage their network services; and
  • upgrade and install new network services.

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 Internet Architecture Technology  
2 Addressing Research Topic assigned in Week 2
3 Internet Control Messages  
5 Routing  
6 Mid-semester Test  
7 Applications I  
8 Applications II Research Topic Report due
9 IPv6 Mid-semester Test
10 Research Topic Presentations I Research Topic Presentation in lecture (to be scheduled)
11 Research Topic Presentations II Research Topic Presentation in lecture (to be scheduled)
12 Research Topic Presentations 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.

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
Mid-semester Test 25% Week 9
Research Topic (Report and Presentation) 25% (Report 15%, Presentation 5%, Peer Evaluation 5%) Report due Week 8; Presentation in Week 10, 11 or 12 lecture (to be scheduled)
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

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
  • Assessment task 2
    Research Topic (Report and Presentation)
    Each student will be given a random topic that is 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.
    25% (Report 15%, Presentation 5%, Peer Evaluation 5%)
    Criteria for assessment:

    Written report and presentation:

    1. Quality of content
    2. Depth of analysis
    3. Quality of conclusion
    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 (if applicable to the unit)

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/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 electronic submission). 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


Monash has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and to provide advice on how they might uphold them. You can find Monash’s Education Policies at: www.policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/academic/education/index.html

Faculty resources and policies

Important student resources including Faculty policies are located at http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student Charter

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.

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