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Introduction to Data Communications (ICT103)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Description This unit aims to provide an understanding of the basic principles of data communications, the technological infrastructure underlying networks and their role in information technology. The networking architectures of TCP/IP and OSI are studied as an introduction to the theory of networking. Extensive practical exercises using internetworking devices such as switches and routers, provide the student with LAN design and implementation skills. This unit, in conjunction with Principles of Data Communications, delivers the Cisco CCNA Certification curriculum.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Describe data communication devices and protocols in terms of the seven layers of the OSI model.
2. Design and address a switched and routed network.
3. Configure network devices in accordance with network specifications and design.
4. Configure and understand the operation of large switched Ethernet LANs
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week (1 hour unsupervised).
Unit Learning Experiences The lectures and the associated readings deliver the theory in this unit. The labs are very hands on and allow students to learn through doing. The practical and applied nature of this unit is reflected in the two practical tests.

Assessment There is a group practical test (10%) and a Cisco end of module test in Teaching week 6 (10%). Later in the semester, there is a individual practical test worth 20%. A comprehensive Final Exam is held in exam week and is worth 50%.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions ICT169 Foundations of Data Communications.
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Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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