Networking Systems

    Unit code: NIT5110 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    Footscray Park
    Online Real Time
    VU Brisbane
    VU Sydney


    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, sub-networking, routing, switching, IPv6, network implementation with CISCO routers and switches, simulators, and etc. This knowledge and skills will be applied to analyse, evaluate, design and develop computer networks based on real world scenarios.

    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.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Laboratory Work
    Grade: 10%
    In class lab submissions (9)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 50%
    In-class Problem Solving assignments x 2 (25%each)
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 40%
    In-class Network Design and Take Away Implementation

    Required reading

    Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

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