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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Gives students the skills to analyse the needs of business and specify network requirements. This unit covers the fundamental concepts of communication technologies, network technologies and network design. Students will gain an understanding of the hardware and software technology which drives data exchange both within and between information systems. 

Unit content

Topic 1: Basic concepts
Topic 2: Fundamental concepts: The application layer (TCP/IP model, Layer 5)
Topic 3: Fundamental concepts: The physical layer (TCP/IP model, Layer 1)
Topic 4: Network design 
Topic 5: Network technology 1: Wired and wireless local area networks
Topic 6: Network technology 2: Backbone networks 
Topic 7: Network technology 3: Wide area networks
Topic 8: Fundamental concepts: The data link layer (TCP/IP model, Layer 2)
Topic 9: Fundamental concepts: The network and transport layers (TCP/IP model, Layers 3 & 4)
Topic 10: Network security

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain the fundamentals of network and data communication
2 describe the network components and layers in the TCP/IP network model
3 explain the process of network planning and design
4 analyse the need for network and data security
5 design a communications network for a fictional organisation
6 analyse the impact of communication technologies on business factors

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

  1. explain the fundamentals of network and data communication
    • GA4:
  2. describe the network components and layers in the TCP/IP network model
    • GA4:
  3. explain the process of network planning and design
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. analyse the need for network and data security
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  5. design a communications network for a fictional organisation
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  6. analyse the impact of communication technologies on business factors
    • GA4:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • Electronic version of the prescribed textbook is also available at a much cheaper price: Fitzgerald, J, Dennis, A & Durcikova, A , 2015, Business Data Communications and Networking, 12th edn, John Wiley & Sons, USA. ISBN: 978-1-118-89168-1.

  • Electronic version of the prescribed textbook is also available at a much cheaper price: Fitzgerald, J, Dennis, A & Durcikova, A , 2015, Business Data Communications and Networking, 12th edn, John Wiley & Sons, USA. ISBN: 978-1-118-89168-1.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.