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SIT202 - Networks and Communications


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Justin Rough

SIT102 and one of SIT105, SIT111, SIT182, SIT103



Incompatible with: SEE312
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour practical per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week.


Computer networks have enabled the development of technologies that have revolutionised how we communicate and access knowledge, including the World Wide Web, mobile computing, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things.  In SIT202, we will explore the current state of computer networks, reviewing the types of networks in use today, the communication protocols used and their arrangement into modular stacks, how problems are solved using networks and protocols, and an exploration of common network security issues.  Practical tasks will introduce the Linux operating system and explore the configuration and operation of network services used in modern networks.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Explain how networks are used to solve problems and how a modular architecture allows protocols to be exchanged to achieve a variety of semantics.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Discuss how protocols operate in constrained and unconstrained networks and how their mechanisms change in different layers.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Explain known security vulnerabilities in communication protocols and how they are mitigated by modifying and/or augmenting those protocols.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Conduct experiments in the Linux operating system to analyse the behaviour of network services and the protocols used by them.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Quizzes Ten short weekly quizzes  20% (10 x 2%) Weekly
Problem based learning tasks Two reports, 12–16 page report including diagrams and text  30% (2 x 15%) Weeks 6 and 10
Examination 2-hour written examination 50% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SIT202 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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