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Wireless Data Communications (ICT603)

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 with an emphasis on the types of links and services that service providers offer to consumers. The first half of the unit will focus on on the operation, design and configuration of WiFi. In the latter parts of the unit students will understand the physical and data link layer charateristics of LTE, HSPDA, ADSL, DOCSIS, GPON link types. Students will also implement the authentication, encryption and tunnelling services that Internet service providers offer to customers.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
ULO1 Implement, test and troubleshoot large scale WiFi networks
ULO2 Explain and implement a range of mechanisms to secure wireless networks
ULO3 Describe the physical and data-link layer characteristics of a range of wireless and broadband technologies
ULO4 Configure a range of tunnelling mechanisms and describe where each is appropriate
ULO5 Forensically examine filesystems and network packet capture files.
ULO6 Develop advanced practical skills in the administration of secure wireless and broadband networks.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture: 2 hours per week; Tutorial: 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences Weekly lectures will deliver content on a range of topics. Each lecture topic will be accompanied by a lab activity, which will reinforce the theory and provide the requisite implementation skills. This unit covers significant portions of the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) and Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNP) curriculum. A mixture of Linux and multi vendor network device configuration activities will be completed in the workshops.
Assessment This unit will feature a mid-semester exam, (30%), and functional skills tests (20%). There will be a final exam worth 50%.
Prerequisites ICT546 Local Area Network Design and Implementation and completion of 12 or more points in an IT graduate course.
Exclusions Students who have completed ICT503 Wireless Data Communications may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Must have their own laptop or device that will support a Desktop Linux installation.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Internetworking and Security (ME+MIT)
Graduate Diploma in Data Science (GradDipDataSci)
Graduate Diploma in Internetworking and Security (GradDipIntwkSecur)
Master of Information Technology (MIT)
Master of Science in Information Technology (MScIT) [New in 2020]
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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Dr David Murray
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e: D.Murray@murdoch.edu.au
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