This unit presents an overview of computer networking systems, laying the foundation for more advanced wired and wireless networking units in the course. It includes a perspective on the evolution of networking systems and their future. Topics include: computer networks and the Internet, seven-layer OSI Model, network design, subnetworking, routing, switching, VLAN, IPv6, network implementation with CISCO routers and switches, and etc. This knowledge and skills will be applied to analyse, evaluate, develop and design current and future computer networks.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review and analyse existing networks to evaluate their suitability for the application;  
  2. Investigate complex system requirements, develop network design and implement to meet the changing needs of new applications and organisation models; and  
  3. Elucidate the advantages of a network design and communicate them, to both specialised and non-specialised audiences, to justify the suitability, or otherwise, of existing computer network and the proposed new network system architecture.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Design Project/Report (1500 words) 25%
Test Semester Test (2 hours) 30%
Examination Final Examination (3 hours) 45%

Required reading

Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach 6th ed.
Kurose, J.F. and Ross. K.W., (2012)

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