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CSC8510 Internetworking

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Internetworking
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: David Lai


Co-requisite: CSC5050


Internet working, particularly the concept of routing, is a fundamental building block of networks of all scales, from the home, through the enterprise, to the internet itself. Understanding network addressing, routing and the operation of underlying network services is crucial for someone embarking on a career in network administration or network engineering. This course is foundational for more advanced network concepts. Though the industry certification is not formally part of this course, students undertaking this course will cover concepts and techniques which are consistent with the first part of the Cisco CCNA industry certification, should they wish to pursue it separately.


The course provides students with an understanding of routers and routing, the fundamental building block of enterprise networking. Practical skills introduced include designing IP addressing schemes, TCP/IP Internet working, implementing routed networks and programming and managing router infrastructure. Issues surrounding ethics for network administrators are discussed, and different roles within network operations teams are introduced.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Explain and communicate with other ICT professional the nature and roles of protocols; the standard bodies; and services at the various layers of the network reference layers;
  2. Explain and apply network standards and frame works in designing a network;
  3. Implement networks by programming, configuring and managing routers and switches;
  4. Apply the concepts of network addressing and subnetting to develop network addressing schemes for given business requirements;
  5. Integrate the ACS Code of Ethics into their working process;
  6. Organize and adhere to workflows based on team collaboration and other areas of information technology, such as application development, IT management and others.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Network layers, protocols and standards 10.00
2. IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and subnetting 15.00
3. Network services 10.00
4. Ethernet, hubs and switches 10.00
5. Routers 10.00
6. Routing and routing protocols 20.00
7. Router programming 20.00
8. ACS Code of Ethics in Internetworking context 5.00

Text and Materials

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Cisco Network Academy 2016, Introduction to Networks v6 Companion Guide, Cisco Press, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
(ISBN-10: 1-58713-360-1; ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-360-2 eBook also available: ISBN-10: 0-13-465563-X; ISBN-13: 978-0-13-465563-5.)
Cisco Network Academy 2016, Routing and Switching Essentials v6 Companion Guide, Cisco Press, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
(ISBN-10: 1-58713-428-4; ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-428-9 eBook also available: ISBN-10: 0-13-466965-7; ISBN-13: 978-0-13-466965-6.)

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 33.00
Online Lectures 26.00
Private Study 106.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Assignment 1 25 25 30 Jul 2021 1,2,5,6 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 25 25 10 Sep 2021 3,4,5,6 (see note 2)
Report 50 50 15 Oct 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6

  1. ASSIGNMENT 1: Network protocols, standards and IP addressing
  2. ASSIGNMENT 2: Design and implement a local area network

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 to maximize 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 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