Prerequisites: MN503 Overview of Internetworking
Corequisites: N/A
Credit Points: 20 Credit Points
Level: Year 1, Core
Workload: Timetabled hours/week: 5 (Lecture = 2 hours, Lab = 2 hours, PBL= 1 hour)
  Personal Study Hours/week: 7


This is a second trimester core unit out of a total of 12 units in the Master of Networking (MNet). This unit addresses the MNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in local area networks and applying critical skills in networking equipment such as router, switch and server. For further course information refer to: http://www.mit.edu.au/study-with-us/programs/master-networking

Local Area Networks (LAN) is an interconnection of various devices within small geographical area such as office, home, building etc.  Interconnecting devices include mainly hubs and switches. This unit covers top down design of OSI layers in terms of protocols and technologies. This also covers configuration of routers and switches and simulation of small networks using Packet Tracer and Wireshark simulators.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. Overview of local area networks
  2. Local area network management
  3. Overview of network design
  4. Overview of hierarchical network models
  5. Network diagrams and topologies
  6. VLAN and WLAN configuration, verification, troubleshooting, and security
  7. Configuring multilayered switching
  8. Emerging trends
  9. Case studies


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Plan, design and implement various LANs.
  2. Describe and demonstrate the working of switching and routing in LAN.
  3. Interpret hierarchical network models for campus and other applications.
  4. Compare and work with major LAN technologies.
  5. Configure, analyse and troubleshoot networking devices; such as switch and router.
  6. Analyse, configure and troubleshoot LAN networks at layers 1, 2, 3, and 7.
  7. Interpret network diagrams and designs.
  8. Identify customer requirements of, and design and plan, LAN networks..


MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving  Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding Extent covered
                                The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
  The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
  The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
  The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
  The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard