Entry Requirements and Weighting

Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: BN103 Platform Technologies
Credit Points: 15 Credit Points
Level: Year 1, Core
Workload: Timetabled hours/week: 4 (Lecture = 2 hours, Tute/Lab = 2 hours)
  Personal study hours per week: 5

Brief Description

This is a second trimester core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Networking (BNet) and Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Telecommunications) BEngTech(Tel). This unit addresses the BNet and BEngTech(Tel) course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ knowledge and skills in networks. For further course information refer to: http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/bachelor-networking and http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/bachelor-engineering-technology-telecommunications

Computer Networks are built with a combination of computer hardware and computer software. Networks can be categorized in different ways such as according to the geographic area (LAN, WAN, MAN etc) or based on topology or on the types of protocols they support. This unit covers design, networking equipments, protocols and technologies essential to build computer networks. You will also learn principles, benefits and drawbacks of various networks such as home, private networks, public hotspots and the Internet.

The topics covered in Networking Fundamentals are:

  • Network models for resource sharing
  •  Overview of network hardware and their functionalities
  • Network topologies, physical and logical
  • IP v4 addressing, classful and classless addressing, subnetting, NAT and PAT
  • Client/Server network applications
  • Client/Server operating systems
  • Basics of data communication, types of communication, encodings  and modulation, bandwidth and capacity
  • Guided medium (Cable, twisted pair, and fibre optics) standards and categories

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to

  1. Explain the principles of networking protocols and standards
  2. Identify  reference models and layered architectures in networking
  3. Recognize network topologies, media types and network components
  4. Identify the network (OSI) layers at which various network devices operate
  5. Use some basic tools/utilities for network analysis
  6. Employ basic cabling and network design techniques to connect devices
  7. Build a simple Ethernet network

Graduate Attributes

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding    

Extent covered

                                The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
  The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
  The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
  The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
  The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard