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FIT3130

Faculty of Information Technology

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2014 (Day)

Synopsis

This unit aims to introduce the systematic top-down network design approach for designing enterprise computer networks. A top down process focuses on requirements analysis and architecture design, which should be completed before the selection of specific network components. The unit provides students with tested processes and tools to help them understand traffic flow, communication protocol behaviour, and internetworking technologies. On completion of the unit, students are equipped to design enterprise computer networks that meet an enterprise users requirements for functionality, capacity, performance, availability, scalability, affordability, security, and manageability.

Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should have:

  • a detailed knowledge and understanding of all major protocols used in LAN & WAN and WLAN;
  • an understanding of major issues in implementing these protocols;
  • a detailed knowledge and understanding of network architectures including interaction with firewalls;
  • an awareness of the latest developments in TCP/IP (e.g. IPv6, IPSec, multicasting, VoIP, QoS, iSCSI);
  • the knowledge and skills to implement and manage TCP/IP services within wired and wireless LANs;
  • understand various measures of data network performance;
  • exposition of network performance evaluation tool, Network packet analysers, and other performance measurement tools;
  • use simulation packages to construct models of computer networks;
  • use models for performance analysis and prediction;
  • make recommendations for network performance improvement;
  • practical skills in setting up TCP/IP connections and routing configurations for different environments;
  • experience in setting up LANs and WANs, and wireless LANs using standard protocols.

Assessment

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

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

One of FIT1005, FIT2008, FIT2020, BUS2062, CPE1007, CSE2004, CSE2318, CSE3318 or GCO3812

Prohibitions

CSE3821, CPE3004, CSE5807, FIT3030, FIT3024

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