COIT20264 - Network Design
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides the students with the skills and knowledge required to design wired and wireless networks. The unit equips the students with the approaches used to gather business and user requirements, and analyse them together with the security policies of the organisation. It then engages students in a comprehensive design of the network using the Top-Down Network Design methodology. The unit includes campus, branch, WAN, wireless and Internet edge designs as well as testing and documentation.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: COIT20261 Network Routing and Switching

Co-requisite: COIT20262 Advanced Network Security

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation and Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Two tutors suggested to allocate some marks for weekly group discussions in order to increase class attendances. Email correspondences. Make some weekly group discussions a part of Assessment Item 1 and Assessment Item 2.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Prepare the user, business and security requirements of the organisation in relation to network design.
  2. Analyse the user, business and security requirements.
  3. Compare and contrast the possible alternative logical and physical network designs.
  4. Design a network by applying the top-down network design methodology.
  5. Create the final documentation of the designed network.
  6. Justify that the designed network satisfy the requirements.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Network Planning (NTPL)
  • Project management (PRMG)
  • Network Design (NTDS)
  • Availability Management (AVMT)
  • Capacity Management (CPMG)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment  
2 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research  
5. Self-management
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility  
7. Leadership            

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment  

Prescribed Textbooks

Top-Down Network Design
Author/s: Priscilla Oppenheimer Year: 2011
Edition: 3rd Publisher: Cisco Press
City: Indianapolis State: IN
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRohan De Silva (r.desilva@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Unit Introduction; Analysing Business Goals and Constraints

1

Start of Weekly Group Discussions

Week 2 17-07-2017

Analysing Technical Goals and Tradeoffs

2

Continuation of Weekly Group Discussions

Week 3 24-07-2017

Characterising the Existing Network; Characterising Network Traffic

3 & 4

Continuation of Weekly Group Discussions

Week 4 31-07-2017

Designing a Network Topology

5

Continuation of Weekly Group Discussions

Week 5 07-08-2017

Designing Models for Addressing and Numbering; Designing Switching and Routing Protocols; Designing Security Strategies; Designing Network Management Strategies

6, 7, 8, & 9

Continuation of Weekly Group Discussions

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Selecting Technologies and Devices for Campus Networks

10

Continuation of Weekly Group Discussions

Week 7 28-08-2017

Selecting Technologies and Devices for Enterprise Networks

11

Presentations Commence

Continuation of Weekly Group Discussions

Week 8 04-09-2017

Wireless Network Design – Part I

Online materials

Presentations End

Continuation of Weekly Group Discussions

Presentation and Written Assessment Due Friday (08 Sep 17) 11:30 PM AEST
Week 9 11-09-2017

Wireless Network Design – Part II

Online materials

Continuation of Weekly Group Discussions

Week 10 18-09-2017

Testing Your Network Design

12

Continuation of Weekly Group Discussions

Week 11 25-09-2017

Optimising Your Network Design; Documenting Your Network Design

13 & 14

Continuation of Weekly Group Discussions

Week 12 02-10-2017

Reflection

1 - 14

End of Weekly Group Discussions

Written Assessment Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 11:30 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

Contact information for Dr Rohan de Silva:

Email: r.desilva@cqu.edu.au Telephone: (02) 9324 5748 Office: Level 6, 400 Kent Street, Sydney Campus. Please submit questions about the course through the 'Q&A' discussion forum in Moodle, so that everyone can benefit from the questions and answers. If you have any individual queries, please email me and I'll try to get back to you within a day or so. For an individual discussion, please phone during work hours (leave a message if I'm not in and I'll return your call as soon as I can).

1 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Presentation and Written Assessment
Task Description
This assessment task can be undertaken in a group of up to 4 members or individually. The assessment task has two components; a presentation and a written report. Each student will analyse the given scenario and design a logical network through discussions and brainstorming with other students.
On campus students need to deliver a presentation of the designed logical network to the class. It should include the outcomes of specified Weekly Group Discussion Questions as well. The presentation component should be completed before submitting the written report. The purpose of the presentation is to receive feedback from the tutor and improve the logical design.
Distance students are also encouraged to form groups of up to 4 members and engage in discussion via the Discussion Forum in Moodle. They can upload their recorded presentation to YouTube and arrange a time for Q&A by contacting the Unit Coordinator.
Further details of this assessment task will be provided on the Moodle unit webpage.
Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017) 11:30 PM AEST
Presentations have to be completed in weeks 7 to 8 after uploading the presentation slides to Moodle by each student. The written report should be uploaded to Moodle by each student by the above due date.
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The two parts of this assessment task, the presentation and the written report carry the following weightings:

Presentation – 10%

Written Report – 30%

In both parts of this assessment task, the presentation and the written report, the students are assessed against their ability to analyse the given scenario, make the appropriate assumptions, and design & document the logical network using the top down network design methodology. Please see the unit website for more specific marking criteria.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Each student has to upload the presentation slides as well as the written report as a Microsoft Office Word file to Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Prepare the user, business and security requirements of the organisation in relation to network design.

2. Analyse the user, business and security requirements.

3. Compare and contrast the possible alternative logical and physical network designs.

4. Design a network by applying the top-down network design methodology.

6. Justify that the designed network satisfy the requirements.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

This assessment task can be undertaken in a group of up to 4 members or individually. Starting from the logical design prepared in the Presentation and Written Assessment task, the students need to complete the physical design of the network and prepare a detailed report of the designed network.The report should also contain a section of their justification as to how they have successfully achieved all 6 Unit Learning Outcomes supported by their responses to all Weekly Group Discussion Questions. Further details of this assessment task will be provided on the Moodle unit webpage.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 11:30 PM AEST
The written report should be uploaded to Moodle by each student by the above due date.
Return Date to Students On Certification Day
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria
The students are assessed against their ability to design and document the physical network for the given scenario using the top down network design methodology, and their ability to justify the satisfactory achievement of all 6 Unit Learning Outcomes.
Please see the unit website for more specific marking criteria.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Each student needs to upload the writen report to Moodle as a Microsoft Office Word file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Compare and contrast the possible alternative logical and physical network designs.

4. Design a network by applying the top-down network design methodology.

5. Create the final documentation of the designed network.

6. Justify that the designed network satisfy the requirements.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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