MN503 - Overview of Internetworking

Credit Points: 20

Prerequisite: : MN405 Data and Information Management (Non-Cognate Stream Only)

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 60 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a core unit out of a total of 6 units in the Graduate Diploma of Networking (GDNet) and 12 units in Master of Networking (MNet) /MEng(Tel). This unit addresses the course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in computer networks and applying critical skills in networking equipment such as routers, switches and servers. For further course information refer to:,, This unit is part of the AQF Level 8 (GDNet) and level 9 (MNet and MEng(Tel)) courses.

This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills to specify, configure, and manage a medium sized network. The unit provides an overview of internetworking topologies and technologies.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. Overview of internetworking topologies and technologies
  2. Internetworking  components and network protocols 
  3. OSI model, top-down design 
  4. Internetworking architectural infrastructure in application and transport layers
  5. Emerging trends
  6. Case studies

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse and discuss the significance of internetworking for contemporary organisations.
  2. Explain human factors in achieving business and technical goals through planning and design.
  3. Investigate and develop architectural internetworking design for the business and application domains.
  4. Analyse and report on the current and future state of the internetworking infrastructure and its applications.
  5. Implement a process to support the administration and management of internetworking.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Laboratory: 2 hours
PBL Tutorial: 1 hours
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Midterm Test a,b*10%
Assignment 1b,c*10%
Assignment 2d,e*20%
Laboratory and Problem Based Learning participation & submissiona-e*10%
Final Examination (2 hours)a-e*50%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


  • W. Stallings and T. L. Case, "Business Data Communications-Infrastructure, Networking and Security," 2012.

Reference Reading

  • M. Thomatis. Network Design Cookbook: Architecting Cisco Networks,, 2015.
  • S. Hummel, 200+ Network Management Tools: Open Source, Free and Commercial Software, Network Management: Principles and Practice, Kindle Ed, 2016.
  • B. A. Forouzan, Data Communications and Networking, 5th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2012.
  • Oppenheimer P., Top-Down Network Design. 3rd Edition. Cisco Systems, 2012
  • Lammle, T. CCNA Routing and Switching Study Guide Exams 100-101, 200-101 and 200-120, 1st ed. SYBEX, Inc., 2013.

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 communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem SolvingCultural and Global AwarenessTeamwork Cooperation, Participation and LeadershipSpecialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding    

Extent covered

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 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