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FIT5083 Network infrastructure - Semester 2, 2015

Transmission media imposes various and often unique constraints on the design of networks and their achievable performance. This unit will cover key performance concepts in copper cables, optical fibre cabled and wireless transmission media. This includes atmospheric propagation impact on QoS, satellite and wireless systems, Wifi, WiMax network propagation issues and planning concepts, and satellite and terrestrial service planning concepts. The infrastructure requirements, reliability and maintainability of networks with specific transmission media will be covered, including the application of GIS in design and planning for terrestrial, mobile and cellular systems.

  • IEEE standards: 802.11, 802.16, 802.15
  • ITU-T LTE standards

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Evening)
  • 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 laboratory

(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


Dr. Malik Khan

Consultation hours: TBA

South Africa

Etienne Feukeu

Consultation hours: TBA

Your feedback to Us

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

This unit was offered in Semester-2 2014 and students rated the Unit FIT5083 with the following outcome, the rating was good with the students expected outcome for this unit was very satisfactory. The unit enabled students to achieve its learning objectives = 4.2/5; Students found the unit to be intellectually stimulating = 4.15/5; The learning resources in this unit supported student studies = 4.1/5; The feedback student received in this unit was useful = 4.4/5; Overall students were satisfied with the quality of this unit = 4.15/5; The organisation and progression of the topics in this unit made sense to students= 4.18/5; Students was satisfied with the way practical and/or tutorial activities were conducted = 4.1/5; The assessment tasks helped students to develop the knowledge and skills required for this unit = 3.95/5; Students were encouraged to actively participate in this unit = 4.2/5

The content in this unit is mostly new and evolving, as it was redesigned a couple of times for the MNS degree. This latest revised unit has been offered for the first time in 2014 semester-1. Since then the Unit has been received well by the students. The student’s feedback in the last semester was to reduce heavy technical details and to structure the course content that will be easily understood. Time and again the content of the course has been fine tuned to make the student understand the network infrastructure concepts well. This will be again addressed in this offering.

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  • describe basic communications and network infrastructures;
  • analyse and evaluate communications and network infrastructures for enterprises;
  • use latest wired and wireless network technologies in building network infrastructures.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Lecture content scheduling may be adjusted throughout the semester No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction, Network Infrastructure Concepts; Theory of Transmission (PHY); Shannon Capacity Model; BER; Power Budgets No Lab
2 Transmission Media Properties; Loss; Bandwidth vs. Capacity; Dispersion; Group Delay; Distortion; Crosstalk; Interference; Eye Diagrams; Modulations Lab exercises begin (Week 2 to Week 12)
3 Wireless Transmission Media Properties; Friis Equation; RF Bands; RF Impairments vs. Bands; Antennas / Gain / Efficiency; Spectral Congestion; Types of wireless channels: WiFi; WiMax; Terrestrial; Satcom  
4 Wireless LAN and WiMax Design; Multipath; Propagation Problems in Static Installations; Fading in Mobile Applications; Design Rules for WiFi and WiMax networks; Modulations, Packet Structures and BER Considerations  
5 Terrestrial Link Design; Fresnel Model; Multipath Effects; Transmission Losses; Interference and Spectral Congestion; Common Modulations, Packet Structures and BER Considerations  
6 Satellite Link Design; Spatial Diversity; Spectral Diversity; Orbital Geometry: GEO/MEO/LEO; Loss Modelling; Latency Modelling; Two-Ray Model Fading Concepts; Weather Dependencies in Link Design; Common Modulations, Packet Structures and BER Considerations Assignment 1 due by Friday 4th September 2015 4:00 PM
7 Copper Cable Transmission Media Properties; Impedance, Bandwidth, Skin Effect; Loss; Dispersion; Types of Cables vs. Transmission Properties; Coax; Twisted Pairs; NEXT/FEXT  
8 Copper Cable Transmission Media Properties; 802.3, ADSL; VDSL Cable Specs/Standards; Design Considerations; Cable Durability; Installation Considerations  
9 Optical Fibre Transmission Media Properties; Introduction to Fibre, Numerical Aperture; Sources and Detectors; MM vs. SM; WDM Concepts  
10 Optical Fibre Transmission Media Properties; Types of Cables vs. Transmission Properties; Design for GEPON Networks  
11 Networks Reliability and Maintainability; Lusser's Product Law; MTBF/MTTF/MTTR; Durability in Cabled Networks Assignment 2 due by Friday 16 October 2015 4:00 PM
12 GIS Applications in Infrastructure Planning  
  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 (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 (individual assignment) 10% Week 6 due by Friday 4th September 4:00 PM 2015
Assignment 2 (individual assignment) 10% Week 11 due by Friday 16th October 4:00 PM 2015
Lab exercises 20% End of each weekly laboratory class
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1 (individual assignment)
    Individual assignment covering topics from Week 1 - 5.

    Infrastructure Design and Planning Report (format and topic TBD).
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Correctness and understanding 
    2. Completeness 
    3. Presentation quality

    This part of the assessments will cover the three learning outcomes of the Unit.

    Due date:
    Week 6 due by Friday 4th September 4:00 PM 2015
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2 (individual assignment)
    Individual assignment covering topics from Week 6 - 11.

    Infrastructure Design and Planning Report (format and topic TBD).
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. Correctness and understanding 
    2. Completeness 
    3. Presentation quality

    This part of the assessments will cover the three learning outcomes of the Unit.

    Due date:
    Week 11 due by Friday 16th October 4:00 PM 2015
  • Assessment task 3
    Lab exercises
    Lab exercises will be handed out each week from Week 2 to Week 12. Please read the handouts for details for each tutorial work. The students are required to work in small groups to complete the tutorials and submit their work by end of the day.  Note: This part of assessment task 3 also includes two online tutorial quizzes in week 9 and 12 which consists of 5% marks each. Details of the coverage will be announced in Moodle.
    Criteria for assessment:

    You will get the full mark if you can complete all the exercises and demonstrate them well. Different marks will be given depending on the level of completion and demonstration. Two online quizzes in week 9 and 12 will also be an important criteria for assessment and contribute for this part of marks. This part of the assessments will cover all the three learning outcomes of the Unit.

    Due date:
    End of each weekly laboratory class


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    Non-programmable scientific calculator is permitted.

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
  • 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.

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.

Matlab software will be used in a number of laboratories, and students should consider installing Matlab on a personal system.

Technological Requirements

Students are permitted to bring privately owned notebooks or laptops into class.

Recommended text(s)

Stallings, William. (2004). Wireless Communications & Networks. (2nd Edition) Prentice Hall.

Dutton H.J.R. (1998). Understanding Optical Communications; SG24-5230-00. () International Business Machines.

Oliviero, A, Woodward, B. (2014). Cabling: The Complete Guide to Copper and Fiber-Optic Networking. (5th Edition) Sybex.

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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