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CSC8507 Networking Technologies

Semester 1, 2015 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences

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Examiner: Yan Li
Moderator: David Lai


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN

Other requisites

Students who have enrolled in or completed CSC3407 Network Fundamentals and Routing cannot enrol in this course.
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Explosive growth in computer networks in the last several decades has changed the uses of computers dramatically. The largest computer network, the Internet, is now connecting millions of computers in the world, providing services like email, file transfer, and hypermedia information retrieval across all kinds of different platforms. This course concentrates on concepts and protocols of computer networks and provides the background for all further courses in the computer networking program and based on the concepts and rationale behind the protocols, evaluates and justifies the performance of computer networks and devices using the network.


This course addresses the layered structure of computer communication networks. It focuses on networking basics, routers and routing basics and the most widely used TCP/IP protocol suite. After completion of this course, students will have general knowledge about computer networks, a thorough understanding and practical skills of cabling, managing routers, and TCP/IP Internetworking. Students will also be able to categorise the network functions, evaluate and justify networks, and device performance using the OSI model.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of network basics;
  2. Describe and explain the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link and physical layers using OSI and TCP reference models;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of Ethernet fundamentals;
  4. Illustrate TCP/IP protocol suite and subnetting;
  5. Manage and configure Cisco routers;
  6. Explain routing and routing protocols;
  7. Categorize network features and services using the OSI model;
  8. Evaluate and justify network performance using the OSI model;
  9. Evaluate and justify device performance using the OSI model.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Network terminologies, protocols, and standards 10.00
2. Roles and functionalities of network layers in OSI and TCP layered models 20.00
3. IP addressing and subnetting 15.00
4. Ethernet 10.00
5. Routers and router programming 10.00
6. Routing and routing protocols 35.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Dye, M.A, McDonald, R & Rufi, A.W 2007, Network fundamentals, CCNA exploration companion guide, CISCO press.
    (ISBN-10: 1-58713-208-7, ISBN-13: 9781587132087.)
  • Graziani, R & Johnson, A 2008, Routing protocols and concepts, CCNA exporlationcompanion guide, Cisco Press.
    (ISBN-10: 1-58713-206-0, ISBN-13: 9781587132063.)
  • Introductory/Study Book, Course CSC3407 Network Fundamentals and Routing, available on the course website in the Studydesk.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Johnson, A 2008, CCNA exploration labs and study guide, Routing protocols and concepts, Cisco Press.
    (ISBN-10: 1-58713-204-4, ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-204-9.)
  • Rufi, A, Oppenheimer, P, Woodward, B & Brady, G 2008, Network fundamentals, CCNA exploration labs and study guide, Cisco Press.
    (ISBN-10: 1-58713-203-6, ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-203-2.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 42.00
Private Study 128.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 100 25 11 Apr 2015
Assignment 2 100 25 06 Jun 2015
2hr Rest Exam 100 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them (including course web pages) to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination)

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to the USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  5. The referencing system to be used in this course is supported by the School. Information on this referencing system and advice on how to use it can be found in the course materials.