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Advanced Business Data Communications (ICT535)
|Organisational Unit||Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics|
|Availability||MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|Description||This unit is an intermediate unit that extends the study of LAN architecture previously covered and examines ways in which local networks can be interconnected to form a Wide Area Network. Virtual circuits are explored using Frame-Relay, while the Point-to-Point-Protocol is used as a contrasting approach. Complex interconnections require dynamic routing protocols and this unit examines RIP, EIGRP and OSPF. Access Control Lists are introduced as a foundation for security. Subsequent units advance these topics.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||ULO1. Create a network design that is functional, stable and scalable.
ULO2. Select and configure WAN protocols to implement a highly available network.
ULO3. Manage network traffic according organisational policy.
ULO4. Detect, troubleshoot and correct common Enterprise network implementation issues.
ULO5. Be proficient in the use of network emulation software.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; Laboratory/workshop: 1 x 2 hours per week.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||The approach to learning in this unit is a balance between theory and implementation. Readings are available online and based on the Cisco Systems Networking Academy CCNA curriculum. The workshops provide a brief lecture to highlight the key points and relate various technologies to design practice. Extensive hands-on exercises using real equipment and simulators provide an opportunity to implement the theory. The curriculum features a number of online self-assessments that students are encouraged to make use of on a weekly basis to obtain feedback in relation to their understanding of the material being covered.|
|Assessment||The assessment in this unit begins with a practical exam (20%) to assess student's ability to turn organisational requirements into equipment configuration. The assessment highlights the initial hands-on exercises that students must complete as these skills will be important later in the semester when students complete an individual case-study (30%). The individual case-study assess a student's ability to design, implement, secure, document and test a moderately complex network given a series of organisational requirements. Written feedback will be provided and it is expected that students will reflect on both the case-study feedback and the self-assessments built into the curriculum as they prepare for the Final Exam (50%) which will assess the student's understanding of both theory and design.|
|Prerequisites||ICT546 Local Area Network Design and Implementation and enrolment in a graduate-level IT course.|
|Notes||This unit makes use of two modules of the Cisco Systems Networking Academy CCNA curriculum. Namely, 'Routing Protocols and Concepts' and 'Accessing the WAN'. The expectation is that students who apply themselves to the activities within this unit will be adequately prepared to sit the, externally administered, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam if they choose to do so.|
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch 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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