MN621 - Advanced Network Design

Credit Points: 20

Prerequisite: MN503 Overview of Internetworking

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 60 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a 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 network architecture, design and implementation strategies. For further course information refer to: This unit is part of the AQF level 9 (MNet) course.

Students will be able to plan, design, configure, test and troubleshoot both local area networks and wide area networks. They will gain knowledge thorough switching, routing concepts and practical knowledge of the use and configuration of network elements such as routers and switches. Students will also be able to effectively administer both local area networks and wide area networks.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. LAN design concepts and configuration, the spanning tree protocol and virtual LANs
  2. WAN design concepts and configurations: Routing protocols
  3. LAN and WAN networks testing and troubleshooting
  4. Enterprise Networks: Software Defined Networking (SDN), Internet of Things (IOT)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse the need for advanced networks, standards and network solutions;
  2. Investigate suitable network designs to match requirements;
  3. Create appropriate frameworks and standards for network implementation; 
  4. Apply concepts and theories of human factors as related to network design and implementation;
  5. Evaluate performance metrics and dimensions according to specifications.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Laboratory: 2 hours
PBL Tutorial: 1 hours
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Midterm Test a,b*10%
Assignment 1b,c*15%
Assignment 2d,e*15%
Laboratory and Problem Based Learning participation & submissiona-e*10%
Final Examination (2 hours)a-e*50%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


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

Reference Reading

  • W. Stallings, Foundations of Modern Networking: SDN, NFV, QoE, IOT, and Cloud, Addison-Wesley Professional, 2016.
  • M. Meyers, CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam N10-006, 6 ed., McGraw-Hill Education, Sydney, Australia, 2015.
  • T. Lammle, CCNA Routing and Switching Complete Deluxe Study Guide, 2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2016
  • Routing and Switching Essentials Companion Guide, Cisco Systems, USA, 2015
  • J. S. Beasley, P. Nilkaew, Practical Guide to Advanced Networking, 3rd Edition, Pearson IT Certification, 2013

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 communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem SolvingCultural and Global AwarenessTeamwork Cooperation, Participation and LeadershipSpecialist 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