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COMP2250 – Data Communications

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances, North Ryde

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Damian Jurd
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Carl Svensson
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(COMP1000 or COMP115) or (COMP1350 or ISYS114)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit introduces basic data communication concepts, theory and practice within the context of the use of communication networks in organisations.

Topics include:

  • protocols and standards, including the OSI model
  • network switching and routing
  • LAN and WAN topologies
  • wireless networking
  • network hardware, such as routers, modems, repeaters, switches and hubs
  • public telecommunication-based data services
  • the effect of telecommunications on society
  • the role of telecommunications within organisations
  • introduction to security and network management
  • organisational management of telecommunications
  • introduction to network design
  • regulatory frameworks

Practical work includes basic network hardware set up and protocol performance in a specialised laboratory using dedicated switching and routing equipment.

This unit does not presume any knowledge of programming nor is there any programming work in the unit.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Explain the importance and the role of network protocols including why they are organised into protocol stacks and how protocol stacks function.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate an understanding of IP addressing, routing and subnetting by for example computing routing outcomes and determining effective and actual IP addresses.
  • ULO3: Differentiate among LAN components, and describe and, in particular instances calculate, how MAC addresses, address resolution and the ethernet protocol interact.
  • ULO4: Evaluate different network designs based on an awareness of different major network technologies including wireless, backbone, wide area networks, and the Internet
  • ULO5: Demonstrate technical networking proficiency including ability to configure, construct, and document, and in simple cases, design networks, as well as the ability to perform traffic analysis on local area networks.
  • ULO6: Develop plans for dealing with network security and management.

General Assessment Information

Submission of assessable work

For all your assignments, and for your professional life in the future, you are encouraged to

  • set your personal deadline earlier than the official deadline
  • keep backups of all your important files
  • make sure that no-one else has access to your files or documents

Late work will not be accepted. Develop good working habits and manage your time well. If your contributions are seriously affected by illness or misadventure you do your utmost to submit a request for special consideration before the due date, do not email the unit convenor directly.

Practical Workshops

Due: Weekly (starting week 2) Weighting: 10%

The practical work in this unit makes up 10% of your mark. The practical work is divided up into ten weekly practical classes.

To receive your marks you must attend the practical section and demonstrate your completion of the practical exercises to your practical supervisor. Earning the marks will require not only successful completion of the exercises, but submission of appropriate documentation, as outlined in the question sheets. You must complete the practical session in the week it is allocated.

Each practical contributes 1% of your total mark for the unit.

Practical classess will commence during week 2 of the semester. Students must be enrolled in two practical classes: Practical_1 and Practical_2.

Practical_1 will utilise specialised networking equipment located in an specialised laboratory whereas Practical_2 will be conducted in a regular computing laboratory.

The student cohort has been divided into two streams:

Students in streams 1 though 15 will attend thier Practical_1 in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and Practical_2 in weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13.

Students in streams 16 though 30 will attend thier Practical_1 in weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and Practical_2 in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.

Note that while the practical material is structured against the lecture material, you need to keep in mind that there will not always be a one to one mapping between the practical exercises and the lecture topics. This is because you need some practical sessions to get acquainted to new tools and devices thereby limiting the number of practical time slots available to experiment with technologies discussed in some lectures.

Assignments

Assignment work must be written clearly, with good grammar, correct word usage, correct punctuation, and lack of spelling errors. Poor or bad expression will be penalised, Wherever required, all written work must be properly referenced and conform to standard stylistic conventions.

Assignment 1

Due: Mid-semester break Weighting: 15%

The first assignment tests your understanding of local area networks, routing, and IP addressing.

Assignment 2

Due: Week 12 Weighting: 15%

The second assignment tests your understanding of selected networking technologies.

Module Exams

Due: Attempt 1 (Weeks 3, 8, 10, and 13), Attempt 2 (Final exam period) Weighting: 60%

The module examinations ask students to answer conceptual questions about the course material as well as solve simple networking problems. Module exams are run in the first hour of the workshop in which the student is enrolled. Students may only attend module exams in workshops they are enrolled in. In the case a student cannot attend a module exam, a request for special consideration must be made. Students will be offered two attempts at each module exam, once during the teaching session and the second time during the final exam period. The student's best mark for each module is used in their final mark. A student's final mark for a module is the maximum mark they achieved in any of the student's attempt for that module.

If you receive special consideration for the final exam, a supplementary exam will be scheduled for a time in June 2021. By making a special consideration application for the final exam you are declaring yourself available to sit during the supplementary examination period and you will not be eligible for a second special consideration approval based on pre-existing commitments. Please ensure you are familiar with the policy prior to submitting an application. Approved applicants will receive an individual notification approximately one week prior to the exam with the exact date and time of the supplementary examination.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Practical Workshops 10% No Weekly
Assignment 1 15% No Mid-semester break
Assignment 2 15% No Week 12
Module Exams 60% No Weeks 3, 8, 10, 13, and Final exam period

Practical Workshops

Assessment Type 1: Demonstration
Indicative Time on Task 2: 0 hours
Due: Weekly
Weighting: 10%

 

To receive marks students must attend the practical section and demonstrate completion of the section to their practical supervisor.

Earning the marks will require not only successful completion of the exercises, but presentation of appropriate documentation, as outlined in the questions.

You must complete the practical session in the week it is allocated.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the importance and the role of network protocols including why they are organised into protocol stacks and how protocol stacks function.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of IP addressing, routing and subnetting by for example computing routing outcomes and determining effective and actual IP addresses.
  • Differentiate among LAN components, and describe and, in particular instances calculate, how MAC addresses, address resolution and the ethernet protocol interact.
  • Demonstrate technical networking proficiency including ability to configure, construct, and document, and in simple cases, design networks, as well as the ability to perform traffic analysis on local area networks.

Assignment 1

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Mid-semester break
Weighting: 15%

 

The first assignment tests students understanding of network stacks, layering, and addressing techniques.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the importance and the role of network protocols including why they are organised into protocol stacks and how protocol stacks function.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of IP addressing, routing and subnetting by for example computing routing outcomes and determining effective and actual IP addresses.
  • Differentiate among LAN components, and describe and, in particular instances calculate, how MAC addresses, address resolution and the ethernet protocol interact.

Assignment 2

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 12
Weighting: 15%

 

The second assignment tests your understanding of selected networking technologies.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of IP addressing, routing and subnetting by for example computing routing outcomes and determining effective and actual IP addresses.
  • Differentiate among LAN components, and describe and, in particular instances calculate, how MAC addresses, address resolution and the ethernet protocol interact.
  • Evaluate different network designs based on an awareness of different major network technologies including wireless, backbone, wide area networks, and the Internet
  • Develop plans for dealing with network security and management.

Module Exams

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Weeks 3, 8, 10, 13, and Final exam period
Weighting: 60%

 

The module examinations ask students to answer conceptual questions about the course material as well as solve simple networking problems.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the importance and the role of network protocols including why they are organised into protocol stacks and how protocol stacks function.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of IP addressing, routing and subnetting by for example computing routing outcomes and determining effective and actual IP addresses.
  • Differentiate among LAN components, and describe and, in particular instances calculate, how MAC addresses, address resolution and the ethernet protocol interact.
  • Evaluate different network designs based on an awareness of different major network technologies including wireless, backbone, wide area networks, and the Internet

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Classes

Each week you should attend two hours of lectures, and a two hour practical workshop. For details of days, times and rooms consult the timetables webpage.

Note that practicals workshops (lab sessions) commence in week 2. The week-by-week details of the practical (lab) classes will be available from iLearn.

You should have selected both a Practical_1 and a Practical_2 at enrolment. You must attend the practicals that you are enrolled in.

Textbook and Reading Materials

The textbook for this semester is:

Additional reading that you may find useful for this unit:

  • Kurose, J. & Ross, K. Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach 7th edn, Pearson, 2016

    • Print:    ISBN 978-1-292-15359-9

    • E-Text: ISBN 978-1-292-15360-5

Web Resources

Unit Websites

Comp2250 is administered via iLearn (http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/).

This unit outline can be found in the university's unit guides

Live Streaming

Digital recordings of lectures may be available. They will be linked from iLearn.

Technologies Used and Required

In this unit you will will be exposed to the following technology and tools:

  • HP networking equipment and the Comware network operating system.
  • Wireshark Packet Analyzer software.

General Notes

In this unit, you should do the following:

  • Attend lectures, take notes, ask questions.
  • Attend your weekly Practical session.
  • Ensure that you attend moule exams during the first hour of your practical session.
  • Read appropriate sections of the text, add to your notes and prepare questions for your lecturer/tutor.
  • Work on any assignments that have been released.

Lecture notes will be made available each week but these notes are intended as an outline of the lecture only and are not a substitute for your own notes or the recommended reading list.

Unit Schedule

Tentative teaching schedule, subject to change:

Assessment Due

Practical Workshop

Week

Module

Lecture

Reading

Assessment

Weight

Stream 1-15

Stream 16-30

1

Networking Fundamentals (NF)

Introduction

Ch 1

 

 

Week 1

No Labs

2

LANs

Ch 7

 

 

09WW 240

Comware CLI

04RPD G15

Wireshark

3

Layers and Stacks (LS)

Network Layer

Ch 5

Module Exam

NF (30 min)

10%

04RPD G15

Wireshark

09WW 240

Comware CLI

4

Data-Link Layer

Ch 4

 

 

09WW 240

Subnetting

04RPD G15

IP Headers

5

Transport Layer - TCP

Ch’s 5 & 2

 

 

04RPD G15

IP Headers

09WW 240

Subnetting

6

Application Layer, Transport Layer - UDP

Ch 5

 

 

09WW 240

Switches, MAC and ARP

04RPD G15

TCP and FTP

Mid-Semster Break

 

Break week 1

 

Assignment 1

15%

 

 

Break week 2

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

Physical Layer

Ch 3

 

 

04RPD G15

TCP and FTP

09WW 240

Switches, MAC and ARP

8

Network Security (NS)

Network Security I

Ch 11

Module Exam

LS (60 min)

20%

09WW 240

Module Exam

04RPD G15

Module Exam

9

Network Security II

Ch 11

 

 

04RPD G15

NAT

09WW240

Dynamic Routing - RIP

10

Internetworking and Network Architecture (IA)

Backbone Networks

Ch 8

Module Exam

NS (30 min)

10%

09WW240

Dynamic Routing - RIP

04RPD G15

NAT

11

Wireless Networks

Ch 7

 

 

04RPD G15

WiFi

09WW 240

VLANs

12

MAN and WAN

Ch 9

Assignment 2

15%

09WW 240

VLANs

04RPD G15

WiFi

13

The Internet

Ch 10

Module Exam

IA (60 min)

20%

04RPD G15

Module Exam

09WW 240

Module Exam

14

Formal Exam Period

Exams week 1

 

Final Exam

NF, LS, NS, IA (180 min)

 

 

15

Exams week 2

 

 

 

16

Exams week 3

 

 

 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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