Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this unit students will examine: Local area networking standards with emphasis on CSMA/CD techniques and IEEE 802 series of standards, introduction to the MAN ISDN/Frame Relay based networks, ATM networks. IP Subnetting and VLSM, Routing protocols like RIPv1/v2, OSPF, EIGRP, BGP, and their performance under different operating environments.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPrakash Veeraraghavan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CSE2NEF or CSE5NEF AND Enrolment in one of the following courses: SMIT, SMITCN, SMICT, SMCSC, SMBBS, SGBBS, SGCS, SGIT, or SMTNE.


Incompatible subjects CSE3INE AND Students in the following courses are not permitted to enrol: SBCS, SBIT, SBCSGT, SVCSE, SZCSC, SBITP and SBBIY.

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsData and Computer CommunicationsPrescribedStallings, WPRENTICE-HALL
ReadingsIP routing protocols: RIP, OSPF, BGP, PNNI, and Cisco routing protocolsPrescribedUyless BlackPRENTICE-HALL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Design and evaluate IP addressing scheme and subnetting, including VLSM

Lecture from Week 2 till Week 4 focus in detail on the design and evaluation of IP addressing scheme according to the network specification.Students will demonstrate their understanding during the hands-on lab sessions.

02. Implement distance vector and link state routing protocols.

Lectures and labs from Week 5 and 6 deals with a detailed study and implementation of distance vector and link state routing protocols.

03. Evaluate the performance distance vector and link state routing protocols.

Teaching week 6 till 7 involves the strengths and weaknesses, various costs involved in their implementation of the routing protocols studied during Week 5 and 6. Labs will involve hands-on expericnce on implementing these protocols through Cisco gears.

04. Implement multiprotocol network.

Labs during Week 7 and 8 focus on implementing multiple routing protocols for a complex large scale network.

05. Design and implement topologies using emerging technologies

Through case studies, identify emerging technologies, through tutorials on how to design complex networks, subjected to financial, technical and administrative constraints. The designed network must also meet certain performance metrics.

06. Describe broadly the scope of the LANS and WANS.

Lecture between Week 8 and 10 focus on the scope of LANS and WANs.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrakash Veeraraghavan

Class requirements

One 2.0 hours lecture per week and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Final Semester Exam (2.5 hour)50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Lab Exam (1 hour)Hurdle requirement: In order to pass the unit, students must obtain an overall pass grade, pass the examination and pass the overall non-examination components.25 01, 02, 03, 04
Mid-term Problem solving test (1 hour)25 01