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CSC5050 Networking Foundations

Semester 2, 2021 Toowoomba On-campus
Short Description: Networking Foundations
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020113 - Networks and Communications
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Matthew Mengel


Networking is a fundamental part of today’s information technology landscape. Online communication, commerce and a myriad other services depend on robust underlying networks. Security is also a key component of every aspect of information technology and security in the network is often the first defence against security threats. Foundational knowledge and experience in computer networking is essential for IT professionals across a wide range of careers, especially in today’s world of mobile communication and distributed work. The course structure takes a top-down approach, starting at looking at network applications and then discovering the underlying principles and techniques.


The course provides students with an understanding of how wired and wireless networks function, and provides a working knowledge of network addressing, fundamental of wired and wireless networks. Starting with studying some common communications protocols critical to today's networked world, the course progressively introduces the underlying structure of the network that ultimately supports networked applications. Security is introduced, in the context of threats and techniques for their mitigation. This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to design and implement a simple network.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Choose and utilise appropriate simple network tools to meet specified networking goals;
  2. Explain the functioning of wired and wireless networks and of some common network protocols;
  3. Explain the nature of security threats and some techniques to mitigate them;
  4. Implement a simple network applying knowledge on networking foundation;
  5. Utilise personal, shared, and cloud-based data storage, backup tools, and data integrity checks to carry out common data retrieval tasks in an efficient, safe, and ethical manner;
  6. Relate roles in network teams to the ACS Code of Ethics, and, apply basic security techniques to provide security and privacy;
  7. Explain workflows and network team-based collaboration and how the network team interrelates with other areas of information technology.


Description Weighting(%)
1. An introduction to networking 5.00
2. Some common network protocols and applications 10.00
3. UDP and TCP 10.00
4. IP networking and routing 15.00
5. Network monitoring and management 10.00
6. Introducing network security 15.00
7. The LAN 10.00
8. Wireless networking 15.00
9. The internet 5.00
10. Best practice, ethics and teamwork 5.00

Text and Materials

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Kurose, J. and Ross, K., 2016, Computer Networking: A Top Down Approach, 7th edn, Pearson Higher Ed, USA.
((ISBN 9781292153605) Or alternatively eBook version from

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.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 33.00
Private Study 80.00
Workshops 52.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 10 5 30 Jul 2021 2,5,6
ASSIGNMENT 2 20 10 20 Aug 2021 1,2,4
ASSIGNMENT 3 20 30 08 Oct 2021 1,2,3,4
PROJECT 100 55 22 Oct 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. This includes the recorded lectures and tutorials. To maximise their chances of satisfying the objectives of the course, students should actively participate in the course discussion group.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  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 students must obtain 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 (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  2. Electronic submission of assignments is required for this course. All submissions must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ study desk for this course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner.

  3. Reliable access to the internet is a requirement of this course as the course contains electronic assessment and submission elements. In order to avoid internet issues, on-campus students should upload their assignments electronically using the same computer laboratories. Online students who knowingly do not have reliable access to the internet should actively seek alternative internet access (e.g., Internet cafes, local libraries, or work places) for assessment submission. Online students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, Online students need to contact ICT and ask to have a student account enabled so that they can work on-campus.

  4. Students are expected to open their university provided email account and check it regularly for personal communication. In accordance with the Electronic Communication with Students Policy and Procedure ( information sent to the student's USQ email account will be regarded as being received.

  5. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use the 6th or 7th edition of the APA Style Manual to format their assignments. The APA Style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways.
This course:

  1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. forms part of the Master of Information Technology and is benchmarked against the:
• internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review; and
• professional accreditation standards of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Date printed 8 November 2021