BN202 - Internetworking Technologies

Credit Points: 15 credit points

Workload: 48 hours

Prerequisite: BN106 Networking Fundamentals

Co-requisite: N/A

Aims & Objectives

This is a third trimester core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Networking (BNet). This unit addresses the BNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in computer networks and applying skills in networking equipment such as router, switch and server. For further course information refer to: This unit is part of the AQF Level 7 (BNet) course.
This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills to specify, configure, and manage a medium-sized network. The unit provides an overview of internetworking topologies and technologies. This subject content covers: 

  • Overview of internetworking topologies and technologies
  • Internetworking  components and network protocols 
  • OSI model, top-down design 
  • Internetworking architectural infrastructure in application and transport layers.

Learning Outcomes

4.1 Course Learning Outcomes
The Course learning outcomes applicable to this unit are listed on the Melbourne Institute of Technology’s website: 

4.2 Unit Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
a. Discuss the significance of internetworking for contemporary organisations. 
b. Explain human factors in achieving business and technical goals through planning and design.
c. Develop architectural internetworking design for the business and application domains.
d. Explain the current and future state of the internetworking infrastructure and its applications.
e. Apply a process to support the administration and management of internetworking.

Weekly Topics

This unit will cover the content below:

Week # Lecture Topic Laboratory
1 Top-Down Network Design Network devices and OSI model
2 Business and technical goals, fundamentals of human factor in network design Introduction to Netsim
3 Access and Core networks Basic commands
4 Performance factors and protocol layer IOS modes
5 Application Layer principles Router Settings
6 Mid-term review Switch Basics
7 Application Layer - Web Email, DNS Mid-term test
8 Application Layer - P2P - Video Streaming - Socket programming Switch and Workstation Configuration
9 Transport Layer Principles and Protocols VLAN and VTP Configurations
10 Transport Layer Congestion Control Draft copy of assignment 2
11 Administration and management of internetworking Assignment 2 demonstration
12 Review Review


Assessment Task Due Date A B Learning Outcomes Assessed
Formative Assignment 1 Week 3 (10/04/2022) 5%   a-b
In-Class Test Week 7 (06/05/2022)   10% a-c
Assignment 2 Week 11 (05/06/2022) 30%   a-e
Laboratory participation & submissions Week 2 – 11 (12/06/2022) 10%   a-e
Final Examination (2 hours)     45% a-e
TOTALS   45% 55%  

Task Type: Type A: unsupervised, Type B: supervised.

Class Participation and Contribution
This unit has class participation and student contribution as an assessment. The assessment task and marking rubric will follow the Guidelines on Assessing Class Participation ( Further details will be provided in the assessment specification on the type of assessment tasks and the marking rubrics.

Presentations (if applicable)
For presentations conducted in class, students are required to wear business attire.

Textbook and Reference Materials

Text Book:

  • James W. Kurose and Keith W. Ross, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach. 7th ed., Pearson, 2016.


  • Cisco Networking Academy, Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials V7. 0 (SRWE) Companion Guide, CISCO, 2020
  • Oppenheimer P., Top-Down Network Design. 3rd ed., Cisco Systems, 2012.
  • Lammle, T. , CCNA Routing and Switching Study Guide Exams 100-101, 200-101 and 200-120. 1st ed., SYBEX, Inc., 2013.
  • M. Thomatis, Network Design Cookbook: Architecting Cisco Networks., 2015.
  • S. Hummel, 200+ Network Management Tools: Open Source, Free and Commercial Software, Network Management: Principles and Practice. Kindle Ed, 2016.
  • B. A. Forouzan, Data Communications and Networking. 5th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2012.

Internet references:

  • Wireshark is an award-winning network protocol analyzer developed by an International team of networking experts.

Adopted Reference Style: IEEE

Graduate Attributes

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


Levels of attainment Extent covered
The attribute 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 attribute 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 attribute 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 attribute 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 attribute is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this attribute.