This unit provides an introduction to data communication fundamentals, network transmission technologies and network protocols. It introduces students to basic design and communicational issues related to local area networks, wide area networks and the Internet.
 
Content includes: Fundamentals of data communications and networks; standards; communication media types; data communications principles and protocols; network architectures and protocols, standard interfaces and transmission techniques; data integrity and security; Local  Area Networks (LAN); data link control; Internet protocol (IP) Addressing and Subnetting; Routing protocols like RIP; Switching technologies and Virtual LANs; Design and implementation of networks using industry standard equipment like CISCO routers and switches.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
VIT1104

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply various technologies to solving data communication and networking problems;  
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of data communication and network protocols;  
  3. Design subnetted IP and switched networks for business requirements; and  
  4. Implement networks with industry standard technologies like CISCO routers and switches.  

Assessment

Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Post Class Quizzes 10%
Laboratory Work Lab Tasks 30%
Test Theory Tests 40%
Case Study Practical Task 20%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Post Class Quizzes 10%
Laboratory Work Lab Tasks 30%
Test Theory Tests 40%
Case Study Practical Task 20%

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