This unit (NIT5110) 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.

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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
Laboratory Work In class lab submissions (9) 10%
Assignment In-class Problem Solving assignments x 2 (25%each) 50%
Case Study In-class Network Design and Take Away Implementation 40%
In-class lab submission are formative assessments and instructional scaffolding aim to prepare students for Assignments and Case Study. They are inter-related and build on each other. Each session, student solve one problem that is the foundation of the next session lab.

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