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Introduction to Network Engineering G (10088.2)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology


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This unit will focus on the following items:
- introduction to data communication and networks;
- introduction to modern networking environments including Australia's National Broadband Network;
- introduction to the fundamental building blocks of modern network including
logical and physical topologies, networking technologies and principles software and hardware environments for modern
- Networking technologies (including Dial-up, DSL, Cable, FTTH, Ethernet, WiFi, WiMax, ATM);
- Networking standards;
- Networking Core (Circuit switching, Packet Switching, ISP, and Delay Loss and Throughput);
- ISO, OSI and Networking Protocols (TCP/IP, UDP, Layers and Service Models);
- Networking Security;
- Networking Management.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a high level understanding of the discipline and principles of network engineering and to clearly evaluate its importance and relevance to digital communication and communities of practice;

2. Utilise the knowledge of the components that comprise various forms of contemporary network systems to suggest improvements and developments to existing structures;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the practical and theoretical background to be able to originate potential networking structures that will scaffold more advanced units in the field of Network Engineering; and

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental and nuanced issues in network management and how to set up and manage both simple and extended data networks.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

1 hour lecture weekly and 2 hour weekly lab.





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