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COIT20261 - Network Routing and Switching

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with fundamental skills and knowledge in the design and operation of computer networks. 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 you can adapt to future changes in the field.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: COIT20246 ICT Services Management.

Anti-requisite:  COIT20229 Networking with TCI/IP.

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 - 2019

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Sydney
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
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Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
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Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
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Brisbane
Melbourne
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Sydney
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Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
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Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
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Brisbane
Melbourne
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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 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 15%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Examination 60%

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.46% 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: Student feedback Coordinator reflection
Feedback
Assignments and exam should have more problems (to solve) so basics are not forgotten for later units.
Recommendation
The exam should be adjusted to have more problem-based items and fewer theory-explanation type items. This would better reflect the core learning elements in the unit that are emphasised, as well as better serve the post-requisite units.
Action Taken
Exam is now weighted more on problem-based questions, with less weight on theoretical discussion/explanation items. The problem-based items are informed by objectives of later units.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
There should be some routers available in the labs to enable students to actually learn (to configure routers).
Recommendation
Network labs are being planned for each campus in the near future. When these become available, hands-on activities with configuring routers could be incorporated in tutorial activities.
Action Taken
Network labs planned for 2020 have been delayed by the coronavirus restrictions such as classes moving to online only.
Source: Student feedback, unit coordinator reflection on assignment marking
Feedback
Be more specific in assignment feedback, for example, comments like 'needs improvement' or 'could be better' are often vague rather than helpful.
Recommendation
Marking instructions and moderation will include reminders to provide more specific feedback comments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
There should be some routers available in the labs to enable students to actually learn (to configure routers).
Recommendation
Network labs are being planned for each campus in the near future. When these become available, hands-on activities with configuring routers could be incorporated in tutorial activities.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination