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.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA 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 - 2022

Term 3 - 2022 Profile

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

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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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.44% 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, unit coordinator reflection on assignment marking
Be more specific in assignment feedback, for example, comments like 'needs improvement' or 'could be better' are often vague rather than helpful.
Marking instructions and moderation will include reminders to provide more specific feedback comments.
Action Taken
Markers receive specific instructions with each assignment to avoid vagueness and to give more specific guidance in items that lost marks.
Source: Student feedback
There should be some routers available in the labs to enable students to actually learn (to configure routers).
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 for each campus are still in the planning stages but are still on track to be delivered once COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions settle down.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluations
Moodle tute questions should give the actual questions instead of referring to page numbers in the textbook.
The tutorial questions will be changed so they are easily accessible to students.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback, teaching staff reflections
More practical networking activities in a computer lab would improve the engagement and skills of students.
Replace some of the theoretical tutorial activities with hands-on activities using a network lab.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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