COIT11238 - Networked Infrastructure Foundations

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with the foundation knowledge of computer and network infrastructure that underpins Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in modern organisations. You will study the physical and logical components and concepts of ICT related to computer networking. Specifically, you will explore computer architecture components, operating systems, and network evolution, hardware, protocols and security. By the end of this unit, you will be able to install and configure basic networks. You will be able to troubleshoot basic network problems using network management software.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Anti-requisite: If students have undertaken COIT11233 Information and Communication Technology Foundations, then this unit should not be taken.

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Portfolio 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.08% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
It is challenging to develop 'your own questions' and answer them in the written assignment.
Recommendation
A case study based approach will be introduced to reduce difficulties.
Action Taken
The written assessment tasks were redesigned based on a case study with a server hosted through cloud computing services, Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
The only one written assessment in the unit due in Week 10 did not leave much time for students to review the feedback.
Recommendation
The assessment items will be reviewed for a possible redesign to improve.
Action Taken
The assessment items have been reviewed. One written assignment was redesigned, and three portfolio tasks were introduced.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Some students have difficulties following the provided instructions to download the needed networking simulation tool, Cisco Packet Tracer.
Recommendation
The existing instructions for downloading Cisco Packet Tracer will be reviewed for updating with more details.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The provided extra resources are informative and helpful for learning this unit.
Recommendation
Extra resources for each week topic will be kept and updated.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Staff feedback
Feedback
The learning and teaching materials are well organised.
Recommendation
The style of organising the provided teaching and learning materials will be kept.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of hardware and software components in computer networks
  2. Recognise the importance of protocols, standards and layered architectures in building computer networks
  3. Explain the selection of network components, topologies and technologies to meet business requirements
  4. Describe challenges and solutions in securing computer networks and infrastructure
  5. Interpret the use of forwarding and encapsulation to deliver data in computer networks
  6. Discuss techniques for managing, documenting and troubleshooting computer networks.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is adopted by organisations, governments and individuals in many 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.

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA 7 (the SFIA code is included):

  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • IT Infrastructure (ITOP)
  • Security Administration (SCAD)
  • Systems Installation/Decommissioning (HSIN)
  • Problem Management (PBMG)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
1 - Online Quiz(zes)