COIT20261 - Network Routing and Switching
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides you with the skills and knowledge required to study advanced units in the Networks and Information Security (NIS) Specialisation. It deals in-depth with the techniques used in the Internet to forward the packets from the source to the destination via various types of networks. The unit analyses the Internet and Transport layer functions, with emphasis on IPv4 and IPv6 addressing as well as switching and routing technology. The unit covers these functions in relation to both Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs) as well as wired and wireless networks ensuring that you can adapt to future changes in the field. Note: If you have undertaken COIT20229 then you cannot take this unit.

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: COIT20246 ICT Services Management.

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 1 - 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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Examination 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
need more practical stuff... theme from student feedback Tutorials should be structured more toward solving problems or doing exercises, coupling these with theory reinforcement.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply your knowledge in Network Routing to solve problems in wired and wireless networks
  2. Design IP addressing plans for suitable use in organisational networks
  3. Analyse the application of wireless network technologies in different scenarios
  4. Compare and contrast the protocols and standards in routing and switching
  5. Evaluate and report complex ideas on emerging trends or issues in networking.

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:

  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • Systems Integration (SINT)
  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • Configuration Canagement (CFMG).



Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Written Assessment  
2 - Examination    

Prescribed Textbooks

TCP/IP Protocol Suite
Author/s: Forouzan, Behrouz A Year: 2010
Edition: 4th Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
City: Boston State: Massachusetts
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Important!. An e-book version of the textbook is available, but you will not be able to use this in your exam if you purchase it. Only the printed version of the textbook can be taken into the exam.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • 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 CoordinatorKenneth Howah (k.howah@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 06-03-2017

Introduction; TCP/IP Protocol Suite; Numbering Systems (Appendix B)

2 & Appendix B

Attention MELBOURNE students only: Weeks 1 - 12 Schedule will vary slightly in the order of topics owing to two public holidays. This allows all topics to be covered. Melbourne students will be advised of the adjusted Schedule for that campus.
Week 2 13-03-2017

Introduction to the Transport Layer; User Datagram Protocol (UDP)

13 & 14


Week 3 20-03-2017

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)

15


Week 4 27-03-2017

Introduction to the Network Layer; IPv4 Addresses Part I

4 & 5


Week 5 03-04-2017

IPv4 Addresses Part II

5


Vacation Week 10-04-2017


Week 6 17-04-2017

Delivery and Forwarding of IP Packets; Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)

6 & 8


Week 7 24-04-2017

Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4); Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)

7 & 9


Week 8 01-05-2017

Unicast Routing Protocols (RIP, OSPF, and BGP)

11


Week 9 08-05-2017

IPv6 Addressing; IPv6 Protocol; Routing in IPv6; ICMPv6

26, 27, online material & 28


Week 10 15-05-2017

Routing in Wireless Networks

Online material


Written Assessment Due Friday (19 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Host Configuration: DHCP; Domain Name System (DNS)

18 & 19


Week 12 29-05-2017

Switching in LANs and WANs; Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)

Online material


Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017


Attention MELBOURNE students only: Weeks 1 - 12 Schedule will vary slightly in the order of topics owing to two public holidays. This allows all topics to be covered. Melbourne students will be advised of the adjusted Schedule for that campus.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description
This assessment task should be completed individually - it is not a group or team task.
The tasks will consist of numerical as well as descriptive questions covering the material from Weeks 1 to 9 as well as some questions that require further reading, analysis and evaluation.
Details of this assessment task will be provided on the unit website.
Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria
Students are assessed against their ability to apply knowledge gained during the unit on technologies such as addressing schemes and routing solutions. The assessment includes the ability to research, analyse, and/or evaluate the status of a selected emerging networking technology or group of technologies in different application scenarios.
Please see the unit website for more specific marking criteria.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

The written report should be uploaded to Moodle as a Microsoft Word document.

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

1. Apply your knowledge in Network Routing to solve problems in wired and wireless networks

2. Design IP addressing plans for suitable use in organisational networks

3. Analyse the application of wireless network technologies in different scenarios

4. Compare and contrast the protocols and standards in routing and switching

5. Evaluate and report complex ideas on emerging trends or issues in networking.

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



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 60%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Open Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply your knowledge in Network Routing to solve problems in wired and wireless networks

2. Design IP addressing plans for suitable use in organisational networks

4. Compare and contrast the protocols and standards in routing and switching

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility


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