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Local Area Network Design and Implementation (ICT546)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description In this unit, the architectures of TCP/IP and OSI models are studied and students completing the unit will be conversant with the devices, technology and language of data-communications. Practical exercises with switches, routers and access-points will place the theory in context, allowing students to design, build and troubleshoot small networks. The unit covers significant portions of the Cisco CCNA Certification curriculum. For students specialising in data-communications, subsequent units will add depth and breadth to this foundation.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
ULO1. Describe data communication devices and protocols in terms of the layers of the OSI model.
ULO2. Describe the key functionality of networking protocols and standards, such as IP, TCP, UDP, Ethernet, WiFi/WLANs.
ULO3. Design basic switched and routed networks including the designing of address plans.
ULO4. Configure network devices in accordance with network specifications and design.
ULO5. Configure and understand the operation of switched Ethernet LANs.
ULO6. Configure and understand the operation of IP routers.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; Laboratories/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 lectures provide theoretical background and relate various technologies to design practice. Extensive hands-on exercises using real equipment and simulators in the labs 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 Mid-semester Test (15%) that provides the students with early feedback on their learning progress. Students are also assessed on completing required lab exercises in their labs (10%). A Practical Exam (25%) at the end of the unit assesses the student's ability to relate fundamental networking concepts to equipment parameters and perform simple equipment configuration. A Final Exam (50%) will assess the student's understanding of both theory and design.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level IT course.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Internetworking and Security (ME+MIT)
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (GradCertIT)
Graduate Diploma in Data Science (GradDipDataSci)
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology [New in 2020]
Graduate Diploma in Internetworking and Security (GradDipIntwkSecur)
Master of Information Technology (MIT)
Master of Science in Information Technology (MScIT) [New in 2020]
Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Ms Sadaf Durrani
P/T Teaching Casual

e: Sadaf.Durrani@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Ms Sadaf Durrani
P/T Teaching Casual

e: Sadaf.Durrani@murdoch.edu.au

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Sebastian Zander
Lecturer Information Technology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2296
e: S.Zander@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.007 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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