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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject focuses on an in-depth analysis of local area networks. Shared media technologies such as Ethernet, Token Ring, and Token Bus are discussed to provide the historical context of the development of LANs. The switched LAN technologies, which is the currently dominating family of technologies (Ethernet 10 Mbps, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet), is then explored in detail. The study of switched LANs include configuration of virtual LANs, and Spanning Tree Protocol. There is an emphasis on the performance aspects of LANs. The last section of the subject studies the relationship and connectivity of a LAN to a wider internet through bridges, switches and routers.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSomnath Ghosh

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

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Capstone subjectNo

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Work-based learningNo

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse legacy LAN protocols in terms of operation and correctness.
02. Analyse switched LAN (Ethernet 10 Mbps, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet protocols in terms of operation and performance.
03. Estimate performance of LANs through modelling and simulation
04. Describe the relationship and interfaces of a LAN with the rest of a wider internet to which it belongs

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