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Network Switching (ICT609)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Description This unit focuses on Local Area Network design and wired connectivity to end user devices at the edge of the Internet. Multilayer Ethernet switches are examined from the perspective of design, management and redundancy. Topics include VLANs, Inter VLAN routing, 802.IQ trunking, Spanning Tree Protocol, network security, quality of service and scalable design. Where appropriate, topics in this unit are aligned with the Industry certification exam, CCNP - SWITCH.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
ULO1. Identify and describe the protocols used to support advanced switch functionality.
ULO2. Design and implement campus LANs that are resilient to failure.
ULO3. Identify the factors that limit network growth and design networks that are scalable.
ULO4. Describe security vulnerabilities applicable to switched networks and mitigate them.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; laboratory: 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 a mini lecture within the workshop is used to highlight the key points and translate the capabilities and features of Ethernet switch technology into design practices. Hands-on laboratory sessions provide an opportunity to implement the theory using real and simulated equipment, while associated lab submissions draw attention to the design implications and issues surrounding the lab activities.
Assessment The theoretical aspects of the unit are assessed via a Final Examination and a brief submission based on the early lab sessions. Written feedback is provided for the lab submissions. The applied aspects of the unit are assessed via a Practical Exam held during one of the lab sessions. The Group Case study brings together theory and application, requiring students design and implement a network to meet requirements.
Prerequisites ICT535 Advanced Business Data Communications; enrolment in a graduate IT course or permission of the Academic Chair.
Exclusions Students who have completed ICT663 Network Switching may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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
Mr Terry Koziniec
Lecturer Telecommunications Management

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2797
e: t.koziniec@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.022 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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