Faculty of Information Technology

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Information Technology



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


In-depth coverage of the protocols used to operate the Internet and intranets, and a selection of major applications, including specific implementations of the protocols and systems. The topics include: Advanced Internet Addressing: IPv6, subnetting, supernetting. TCP Performance and Enhancements: Reno, New-Reno, Fast Retransmit and Recovery, etc. Unicast and multicast routing protocols: BGP4, OSPF, MOSPF, DVMRP, etc. Messaging systems: SMTP, MIME, POP3, IMAP, World Wide Web systems: client-server implementations, HTTP, Real Time Protocols: RTP, RTCP, RSVP. Security and Firewall. Quality of Service issues: DiffServ and IntServ. Network management and Remote File activities.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the appropriate Internet protocols for a given application development;
  2. design client-server applications using the TCP/IP protocols;
  3. configure and performance tuning of Internet communications;
  4. investigate and analyse the current technology, systems and software relevant to networks in an organisataion;
  5. setup corporate networks and manage their network services; and
  6. upgrade and install new network services.


Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

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 tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


(FIT9135 or FIT5135 or FIT9020) or equivalent

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