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Network Architecture (9428.3)

Level: Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced 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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    • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, GBCA-MELB (183384) - View
    • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (182205) - View
    • Semester 2, 2017, FLEXIBLE, GBCA-MELB (173859) - View
    • Semester 2, 2017, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (170022) - View
    • Semester 2, 2016, FLEXIBLE, UC-MELB (151641) - View
    • Semester 2, 2016, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (151640) - View
    • Semester 2, 2015, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (146765) - View

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    This unit aims towards developing an understanding of the process of architecting computer and communication networks. This will be achieved through bridging the gap between theoretical and practical aspects and learning the step-by-step procedures of network analysis, architecture, and design. Students will learn about the fundamental relationships between major building blocks required in a successfully architected network. Case studies will include national networks (e.g., NBN) and enterprise networks (e.g., campus). Guest lectures and group projects with hands-on laboratories will be used for enhancing student-learning experience.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Disseminate knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and professionally;

    2. Competently identify, analyse and formulate the requirements for a network design;

    3. Demonstrate the understanding to evaluate architectural design and components that best meet the requirements;

    4. Plan the process of architecting a networking system and use interpersonal skills to work collaboratively; and

    5. Develop a broad design of network systems for specific real life deployment scenarios.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    3 hours per week (average) or equivalent.


    Must have passed unit 8741 Introduction to Network Engineering or unit 7159 Distributed Systems Technology.



    Assumed Knowledge

    Basic knowledge of data communication and networks.

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