Computer Networks

Unit code: NIT1104 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
VU Sydney


The unit delivery consists of pre-class and post-class activities that students should allocate time to, apart from in-class activities.

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: History and 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; IP Addressing and Subnetworking; Routing protocols like RIP; Switching technologies and Virtual LANs; Design and implementation of enterprise networks using industry standard equipment like CISCO routers and switches.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Review modern business and personal applications of data communication systems to demonstrate specialist computer networking skills and knowledge;
  2. Apply various technologies to solving data communication and networking problems;
  3. Design IP networks and subnetworks;
  4. Design switching networks for a range of contemporary applications;
  5. Implement moderately complex networks consistent with industry standards.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 45%
Three (3) In-Class Tests (15% per test)
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 55%
Technical Design Report (Phase 1 15%, Phase 2 15%, Phase 3 15% and Phase 4 10%)

Required reading

CCNA Guide to Cisco Networking Fundamentals
Cannon, K. & Caudle, K. (2009)| Boston, MA: Course Technology, Cengage Learning (ISBN 9781418837051)

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