CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT20261 Network Routing and Switching
Network Routing and Switching
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General Information


This unit provides you with the skills and knowledge required to study advanced units in the Networks and Information Security (NIS) Specialisation. It deals in-depth with the techniques used in the Internet to forward the packets from the source to the destination via various types of networks. The unit analyses the Internet and Transport layer functions, with emphasis on IPv4 and IPv6 addressing as well as switching and routing technology. The unit covers these functions in relation to both Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs) as well as wired and wireless networks ensuring that you can adapt to future changes in the field. Note: If you have undertaken COIT20229 then you cannot take this unit.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: COIT20246 ICT Services Management.

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 2 - 2017


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 Postgraduate 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: 40%
2. Examination
Weighting: 60%

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 Have Your Say feedback. Staff members have suggested the same.


It would be good to have the only assignment for this unit split into 2 parts, one due earlier in the term and the other due towards the end of the term.


The assessment regime will be changed to split the one assignment into two parts, so there would be two assignments (appropriately spaced apart) plus an exam.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply your knowledge in Network Routing to solve problems in wired and wireless networks
  2. Design IP addressing plans for suitable use in organisational networks
  3. Analyse the application of wireless network technologies in different scenarios
  4. Compare and contrast the protocols and standards in routing and switching
  5. Evaluate and report complex ideas on emerging trends or issues in networking.

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:

  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • Systems Integration (SINT)
  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • Configuration Canagement (CFMG).

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
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources



TCP/IP Protocol Suite 4th (2010)

Authors: Forouzan, Behrouz A
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Boston Boston , Massachusetts , USA
ISBN: 978-0-07-337604-2
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

Important!. An e-book version of the textbook is available, but you will not be able to use this in your exam if you purchase it. Only the printed version of the textbook can be taken into the exam.

IT Resources

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

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Kenneth Howah Unit Coordinator
Week 1 Begin Date: 10 Jul 2017


Introduction; TCP/IP Protocol Suite; Numbering Systems (Appendix B)


2 & Appendix B

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 17 Jul 2017


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


13 & 14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 24 Jul 2017


Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 31 Jul 2017


Introduction to the Network Layer; IPv4 Addresses Part I


4 & 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 07 Aug 2017


IPv4 Addresses Part II



Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 14 Aug 2017



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 21 Aug 2017


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


6 & 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 28 Aug 2017


Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4); Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)


7 & 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 Sep 2017


Unicast Routing Protocols (RIP, OSPF, and BGP)



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 Sep 2017


IPv6 Addressing; IPv6 Protocol; Routing in IPv6; ICMPv6


26, 27, online material & 28

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 Sep 2017


Routing in Wireless Networks


Online material

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 10 Friday (22 Sept 2017) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 25 Sep 2017


Host Configuration: DHCP; Domain Name System (DNS)


18 & 19

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 02 Oct 2017


Switching in LANs and WANs; Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)


Online material

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 09 Oct 2017



Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 16 Oct 2017



Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

This assessment task must be completed individually - it is not a group or team task.
The tasks will consist of numerical as well as descriptive questions covering the material from Weeks 1 to 9 as well as some questions that require further independent reading, analysis and evaluation.
Details of this assessment task will be provided on the unit website.

Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (22 Sept 2017) 11:45 pm AEST

Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (6 Oct 2017)


Assessment Criteria

Students are assessed against their ability to apply knowledge gained during the unit on technologies such as addressing schemes and routing solutions. The assessment also assesses the ability to independently research, analyse, and/or evaluate the status of a selected or emerging networking technology or group of technologies in different application scenarios.
Please see the unit website for more specific marking criteria.

Referencing Style


Submission Instructions
The written report should be uploaded to Moodle as a Microsoft Word document.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply your knowledge in Network Routing to solve problems in wired and wireless networks
  • Design IP addressing plans for suitable use in organisational networks
  • Analyse the application of wireless network technologies in different scenarios
  • Compare and contrast the protocols and standards in routing and switching
  • Evaluate and report complex ideas on emerging trends or issues in networking.

Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility


Complete an invigilated examination

During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre


180 minutes

Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Open Book
Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?