CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT12206 TCP/IP Principles and Protocols
TCP/IP Principles and Protocols
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General Information

Overview

This unit provides you with an in-depth understanding of role and function of TCP/IP protocols in contemporary network communication. The unit details the underlying technologies and relationships between the five network layers. You will gain an understanding of how data is encapsulated, addressed and routed over networks. On completion of the unit, you will be able to explain the mechanisms used to facilitate communication between applications over the Internet.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- COIT11233 or COIT11238 Note:- Students who are currently enrolled in or who have previously completed COIT13147 Networks cannot enrol in this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2017

Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Students feedback

Feedback

The practical tutorials need to be improved. Would it be possible to include some topics to support networking certification providers, for the students interested into networking as a career? Also, it would be great to have an agreement with networking certification providers for better prices for study material, exam fee and convenience locations to undertake certifications.

Recommendation

The practical lab activity should be redesigned to make it hands on network practices.

Action

I have redesigned all the labs which were hands on activities in Cisco Packet Tracer simulator.

Feedback from Students feedback

Feedback

The required textbook for this course is comprehensive and detailed, however it contains many errors in calculations throughout the textbook. A revised version of the current textbook would be more suitable

Recommendation

The course uses the latest edition from the publisher. Errors will be reported to the publisher for correction.

Action

I have provided students errata of the textbook provided by the author.

Feedback from Students feedback

Feedback

The grading weighing system is hard to achieve, going forward assessment and exams should have an equivalent percentage when weighing the grades.

Recommendation

A proposed change will be considered at the next Change Course Proposal to reduce the current exam weight from 65% to 50% of the course grade. This reflects a reduced reliance on the examination for evaluation and shifts it more towards continuous assessment methods.

Action

The final exam weighting was reduced to 50%.

Feedback from Students feedback

Feedback

The 2nd assignment felt too short compared to the first one, maybe more questions could be added.

Recommendation

In our next offering, 2nd assignment will be redesigned with practical case studies.

Action

Assignment two was redesigned with practical networking designing activities.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the function and relationship between the protocols in the five network layers
  2. Design IP network addressing schemes
  3. Interpret and deconstruct frames, packets, datagrams, segments and application-layer message formats
  4. Develop routing tables based on IPv4 routing protocols
  5. Compare UDP and TCP Transport Layer protocols
  6. Illustrate how application programs use the Network, Transport and Application Layer protocols (e.g. DNS, FTP, SMTP, SNMP, and HTTP, etc.)
  7. Contrast the emerging IPv6 protocol with IPv4.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • Problem Management (PBMG)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • System Design (DESN)
  • Service Desk and Incident Management (USUP)

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

TCP/IP Protocol Suite 4/e (2010)

Authors: Forouzan, B
McGraw-Hill
USA
ISBN:
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

The textbook is required for the course and it is advisable to purchase it early. It is also required for the open book exam. Soft copies of the text are not permitted in the exam.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Cisco Packet Tracer
  • Wireshark
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Biplob Ray Unit Coordinator
b.ray@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Course Introduction; The OSI Model and the TCP/IP Protocol Suite; Numbering Systems

Chapter

2 & Appendix B

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Underlying Technologies

Chapter

3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Introduction to Network Layer;

IPv4 Addresses

Chapter

4 & 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

IPv4 Addresses cont.

Chapter

5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 03 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Delivery and Forwarding of IP Packets; Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)

Chapter

6 & 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 10 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4)

Chapter

7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Item 1 - Understand the purpose and functions of networking components and techniques Due: Week 6 Friday (21 Apr 2017) 11:00 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 24 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Unicast Routing Protocols (RIP, OSPF, and BGP)

Chapter

11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 01 May 2017

Module/Topic

IPv6 Addressing; IPv6 Protocol; Internet Control Message Protocol(ICMP)

Chapter

26, 27, 9 & 28

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 08 May 2017

Module/Topic

Introduction to the Transport Layer; User Datagram Protocol (UDP)

Chapter

13 & 14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 15 May 2017

Module/Topic

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)

Chapter

15

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 22 May 2017

Module/Topic

Host Configuration - DHCP; Domain Name System (DNS)

Chapter

18 & 19

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Item 2 - Develop, analyse and evaluate networking components and techniques Due: Week 11 Friday (26 May 2017) 11:00 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 29 May 2017

Module/Topic

File Transfer - FTP and TFTP; World Wide Web and HTTP; Network Management: SNMP

Chapter

21, 22, & 24

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 05 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Welcome to Term 1, 2017!

During the term, if you are enrolled in a campus class, please contact the respective lead lecturer on that campus with your questions. Their contact details are found on the unit page in Moodle ("Information-> Unit Contacts", top left column). Distance students should contact me if you have any questions which are not suitable to be asked through the unit forums.

There is a lot of material to cover during the term, so you are encouraged to get the recommended textbook early and attend all classes. I look forward to your active participation in class and through the forums.

Have an enjoyable term !

Dr. Biplob Ray (b.ray@cqu.edu.au) Course Coordinator - T1, 2017 COIT12206 TCP/IP Principles and Protocols.

Ph: +61 7 4037 4734 | X 54734

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment Item 1 - Understand the purpose and functions of networking components and techniques

Task Description

1. Explain use of computer networking components.
2. Execute network commands and understand output
3. Interpret and solve problems based on IPv4 network addressing, subnetting and creating subblocks.
4. Identify and explain the contents of frames and IPv4 packets.

Further details of this assessment can be accessed from unit website in Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (21 Apr 2017) 11:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (5 May 2017)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The students are assessed mainly against their ability to:
1. understand and explain TCP/IP Internet and the transport layer protocols and standards.
2. Level of understanding of network commands output
3. Solve problems based on IPv4 network addressing schemes.
4. Identify and explain the contents of frames and IPv4 packets.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Assignments must be submitted online in .doc or .docx format.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the function and relationship between the protocols in the five network layers
  • Design IP network addressing schemes
  • Interpret and deconstruct frames, packets, datagrams, segments and application-layer message formats


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment Item 2 - Develop, analyse and evaluate networking components and techniques

Task Description

1. Develop, analyse and solve problems relating to routing tables.
2. Evaluate the functions of the protocols in the TCP/IP network layers.
3. Analyse and solve problems relating to the fields in frames, packets, datagrams, segments and application layer protocols.
4. Compare and contrast IPv6 protocol with IPv4.

Further details of this assessment can be accessed from unit website in Moodle.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (26 May 2017) 11:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Friday (9 June 2017)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The students are assessed mainly against their ability to:
1. Analyse and evaluate the functions of the protocols in the TCP/IP network layers.
2. Analyse the frames, packets, datagrams, segments and application layer message formats.
3. Analyse and construct routing tables based on IPv4 routing protocols.
4. Compare and contrast UDP and TCP protocols.
5. Compare and contrast IPv6 protocol with IPv4.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Assignments must be submitted online in .doc or .docx format.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the function and relationship between the protocols in the five network layers
  • Interpret and deconstruct frames, packets, datagrams, segments and application-layer message formats
  • Develop routing tables based on IPv4 routing protocols
  • Compare UDP and TCP Transport Layer protocols
  • Illustrate how application programs use the Network, Transport and Application Layer protocols (e.g. DNS, FTP, SMTP, SNMP, and HTTP, etc.)


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
180 minutes

Details
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Open Book
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