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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedNot offered in 2011


The first component of this unit looks at digital communication technologies such as: local area networks; metropolitan area networks; satellite networks; ISDN; modem techniques; digital networks. The second component covers protocols including: the structure, coordination and management of the Internet; Internet standards development process; Internet link layer protocols; IP (V4 and V6) and ICMP protocols; TCP and UDP; the Internet addressing structure, including domain naming and the DNS/LDAP systems and protocols; bridging systems and spanning-tree protocols; Internet packet routing techniques and protocols; mobile IP; Real Time Protocols; the major common applications.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • understand the general architecture of the Internet, the interworking of the key protocols, and the underlying services required for the operation of the network;
  • understand the standards development process for protocols and applications operating in the Internet;
  • describe the characteristics of the key protocols in the Internet, and the roles they play;
  • understand the key quality of service and security issues applying to the Internet;
  • knowledge of local area network design and implementation techniques;
  • identify appropriate standard internet protocols for various networking functions;
  • select suitable local area network architecture to meet user requirements;
  • select apporpriate telecommunications products to meet user requirements.


Examination (2 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jacques Steyn

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


CPE3004, CSE3821, CSE4881, CSE4882, ECE4044, ECE4411, ECE5411, FIT5173

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