SIT716 - Computer Networks


2018 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Justin Rough





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour of scheduled online seminar per fortnight, 1 x 2-hour face-to-face workshop per week.

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour scheduled online seminar per fortnight.


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Computer networks, and the applications they support, underpin many cyber security problems and issues. New applications are also being driven by computer networks, such as the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing. These applications and associated devices must be secured. In SIT716, students will learn how computer networks are constructed, how they work, how modern applications use the services provided by modern computer networks, and how security mechanisms are applied in computer networks. The concept of protocol layering will be explored to learn how computer networks operate, using the OSI model and TCP/IP protocol suite as examples, including an examination of the functionality and protocols provided by the different layers of these systems. Through practical tasks students will learn how to construct and configure computer networks and how various network protocols act and react to establish a functioning computer network.


Three problem solving reports (15%, 15%, 10%) 40%, examination 60%