COIT12206 - TCP/IP Principles and Protocols
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides you with an in-depth understanding of role and function of TCP/IP protocols in contemporary network communication. The unit details the underlying technologies and relationships between the five network layers. You will gain an understanding of how data is encapsulated, addressed and routed over networks. On completion of the unit, you will be able to explain the mechanisms used to facilitate communication between applications over the Internet.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- COIT11233 or COIT11238

Note:- Students who are currently enrolled in or who have previously completed COIT13147 Networks cannot enrol in this unit.

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
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

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 Undergraduate 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 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 50%

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
The practical tutorials need to be improved. Would it be possible to include some topics to support networking certification providers, for the students interested into networking as a career? Also, it would be great to have an agreement with networking certification providers for better prices for study material, exam fee and convenience locations to undertake certifications. Students feedback The practical lab activity should be redesigned to make it hands on network practices.
The required textbook for this course is comprehensive and detailed, however it contains many errors in calculations throughout the textbook. A revised version of the current textbook would be more suitable Students feedback The course uses the latest edition from the publisher. Errors will be reported to the publisher for correction.
The grading weighing system is hard to achieve, going forward assessment and exams should have an equivalent percentage when weighing the grades. Students feedback A proposed change will be considered at the next Change Course Proposal to reduce the current exam weight from 65% to 50% of the course grade. This reflects a reduced reliance on the examination for evaluation and shifts it more towards continuous assessment methods.
The 2nd assignment felt too short compared to the first one, maybe more questions could be added. Students feedback In our next offering, 2nd assignment will be redesigned with practical case studies.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the function and relationship between the protocols in the five network layers
  2. Design IP network addressing schemes
  3. Interpret and deconstruct frames, packets, datagrams, segments and application-layer message formats
  4. Develop routing tables based on IPv4 routing protocols
  5. Compare UDP and TCP Transport Layer protocols
  6. Illustrate how application programs use the Network, Transport and Application Layer protocols (e.g. DNS, FTP, SMTP, SNMP, and HTTP, etc.)
  7. Contrast the emerging IPv6 protocol with IPv4.

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 Support (NTAS)
  • Problem Management (PBMG)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • System Design (DESN)
  • Service Desk and Incident Management (USUP)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    
3 - Examination  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Communication              
2. Problem Solving        
3. Critical Thinking        
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work              
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence              
8. Ethical practice              

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Practical and Written Assessment        
3 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

TCP/IP Protocol Suite
Author/s: Forouzan, B Year: 2010
Edition: 4/e Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

The textbook is required for the course and it is advisable to purchase it early. It is also required for the open book exam. Soft copies of the text are not permitted in the exam.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Wireshark
  • Cisco Packet Tracer
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 CoordinatorBiplob Ray (b.ray@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

Course Introduction; The OSI Model and the TCP/IP Protocol Suite; Numbering Systems

2 & Appendix B

Week 2 13-03-2017

Underlying Technologies

3

Week 3 20-03-2017

Introduction to Network Layer;

IPv4 Addresses

4 & 5

Week 4 27-03-2017

IPv4 Addresses cont.

5

Week 5 03-04-2017

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

6 & 8

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4)

7

Assessment Item 1 - Understand the purpose and functions of networking components and techniques Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Unicast Routing Protocols (RIP, OSPF, and BGP)

11

Week 8 01-05-2017

IPv6 Addressing; IPv6 Protocol; Internet Control Message Protocol(ICMP)

26, 27, 9 & 28

Week 9 08-05-2017

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

13 & 14

Week 10 15-05-2017

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)

15

Week 11 22-05-2017

Host Configuration - DHCP; Domain Name System (DNS)

18 & 19

Assessment Item 2 - Develop, analyse and evaluate networking components and techniques Due Friday (26 May 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

File Transfer - FTP and TFTP; World Wide Web and HTTP; Network Management: SNMP

21, 22, & 24

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

Welcome to Term 1, 2017!

During the term, if you are enrolled in a campus class, please contact the respective lead lecturer on that campus with your questions. Their contact details are found on the unit page in Moodle ("Information-> Unit Contacts", top left column). Distance students should contact me if you have any questions which are not suitable to be asked through the unit forums.

There is a lot of material to cover during the term, so you are encouraged to get the recommended textbook early and attend all classes. I look forward to your active participation in class and through the forums.

Have an enjoyable term !

Dr. Biplob Ray (b.ray@cqu.edu.au) Course Coordinator - T1, 2017 COIT12206 TCP/IP Principles and Protocols.

Ph: +61 7 4037 4734 | X 54734

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment Item 1 - Understand the purpose and functions of networking components and techniques
Task Description
1. Explain use of computer networking components.
2. Execute network commands and understand output
3. Interpret and solve problems based on IPv4 network addressing, subnetting and creating subblocks.
4. Identify and explain the contents of frames and IPv4 packets.

Further details of this assessment can be accessed from unit website in Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria
The students are assessed mainly against their ability to:
1. understand and explain TCP/IP Internet and the transport layer protocols and standards.
2. Level of understanding of network commands output
3. Solve problems based on IPv4 network addressing schemes.
4. Identify and explain the contents of frames and IPv4 packets.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assignments must be submitted online in .doc or .docx format.

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

1. Explain the function and relationship between the protocols in the five network layers

2. Design IP network addressing schemes

3. Interpret and deconstruct frames, packets, datagrams, segments and application-layer message formats

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

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment Item 2 - Develop, analyse and evaluate networking components and techniques
Task Description
1. Develop, analyse and solve problems relating to routing tables.
2. Evaluate the functions of the protocols in the TCP/IP network layers.
3. Analyse and solve problems relating to the fields in frames, packets, datagrams, segments and application layer protocols.
4. Compare and contrast IPv6 protocol with IPv4.

Further details of this assessment can be accessed from unit website in Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
The students are assessed mainly against their ability to:
1. Analyse and evaluate the functions of the protocols in the TCP/IP network layers.
2. Analyse the frames, packets, datagrams, segments and application layer message formats.
3. Analyse and construct routing tables based on IPv4 routing protocols.
4. Compare and contrast UDP and TCP protocols.
5. Compare and contrast IPv6 protocol with IPv4.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assignments must be submitted online in .doc or .docx format.

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

1. Explain the function and relationship between the protocols in the five network layers

3. Interpret and deconstruct frames, packets, datagrams, segments and application-layer message formats

4. Develop routing tables based on IPv4 routing protocols

5. Compare UDP and TCP Transport Layer protocols

6. Illustrate how application programs use the Network, Transport and Application Layer protocols (e.g. DNS, FTP, SMTP, SNMP, and HTTP, etc.)

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

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Open Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the function and relationship between the protocols in the five network layers

3. Interpret and deconstruct frames, packets, datagrams, segments and application-layer message formats

4. Develop routing tables based on IPv4 routing protocols

5. Compare UDP and TCP Transport Layer protocols

6. Illustrate how application programs use the Network, Transport and Application Layer protocols (e.g. DNS, FTP, SMTP, SNMP, and HTTP, etc.)

7. Contrast the emerging IPv6 protocol with IPv4.

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

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy


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