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Wireless and Interactive Networks (ICT369)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will explore wireless networks and service provider technologies. It focuses on the data link layer, with particular emphasis on the types of links and services that service providers offer to consumers. There is an early emphasis on the operation, design and configuration of WiFi. Students will understand LTE, HSPDA, ADSL, DOCSIS, GPON and the MAC and physical characteristics of these link types. Students will also implement the authentication, encryption and tunneling services that are frequently used over the internet.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1. Describe, implement and optimise the deployment of 802.11 LANs
2. Describe the principles and issues surrounding radio transmission, antennas and interference.
3. Describe the importance of of wireless regulatory and standards bodies.
4. Describe the security issues in wireless networks and implement secure protocols
5. Differentiate a range of wireless technologies
6. Generate and analyse packet capture files
7. Describe and implement a range of tunneling and authentication technologies over insecure networks
8. Prepare and deliver an oral research presentation
9. Demonstrate writing and referencing skills to communicate to scientific and general audiences
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Students will learn in the lectures and labs. Where possible the curriculum has been aligned such that the labs reinforce the lecture content. Assessment in the unit also provides opportunities for self-directed learning. This unit covers significant portions of the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) and Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNP) curriculum. A mixture of Windows, Unix and Cisco configuration activities will be completed in the labs.
Assessment This unit will feature a skills assessment, (20%), a student research presentation (10%) and essay (20%). There will be a final exam worth 50%.
Prerequisites ICT103 Introduction to Data Communications or ICT169 Foundations of Data Communications.
Exclusions ICT264 Wireless Networks.
Notes Must have a laptop or device that will support a Desktop Linux installation.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Internetworking and Network Security (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Network Design
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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