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Introduction to Network Engineering (11485.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

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 network; - 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.
This unit may be cotaught with 10088 Introduction to Network Engineering G.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the discipline of network engineering, its importance and relevance to digital communication and communities of practice;

2. Describe the building blocks that form a modern network;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the practical and theoretical background to support studying later units in the area; and

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

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Face-to-face teaching: 2 hour lectures plus 1 hour tutorial per week plus lab works.





Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

10088 Introduction to Network Engineering G

Equivalent Units

8741 Introduction to Network Engineering

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