MN503 - Overview of Internetworking

Credit Points: 20 credit points

Workload: 60 hours

Prerequisite: MN405 Data and Information Management(Non-Cognate Stream Only)

Co-requisite: N/A

Aims & Objectives

This is a core unit out of a total of 6 units in the Graduate Diploma of Networking (GDNet) and 12 units in Master of Networking (MNet) /MEng(Tel). This unit addresses the course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in computer networks and applying critical skills in networking equipment such as routers, switches and servers. For further course information refer to:,, This unit is part of the AQF Level 8 (GDNet) and level 9 (MNet and MEng(Tel)) courses.

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. The unit topics are: 

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

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. Analyse and discuss the significance of internetworking for contemporary organisations.  
b. Explain human factors in achieving business and technical goals through planning and design.
c. Investigate and develop architectural internetworking design for the business and application domains.
d. Analyse and report on the current and future state of the internetworking infrastructure and its applications.
e. Implement a process to support the administration and management of internetworking.

Weekly Topics

This unit will cover the content below:

Week # Lecture Topic Laboratory Topics
1 Introduction Network devices and OSI model
2 Human factor and business goals Introduction to Netsim
3 Data Link Control and Multiplexing Basic commands
4 The Internet Mid-term review
5 TCP / IP IOS modes
6 Client Server and Intranet Router settings
7 Internet-Based Applications Switch basics
8 Internet Operation Switch and workstation configuration
9 LAN Architecture and Infrastructure VLAN and VTP configurations
10 Ethernet, Switches and Virtual LANs Draft copy of assignment 2
11 WAN Technology and Protocols Assignment 2 demonstration
12 Review Review


Assessment Task Due Date Release Date A B Learning Outcomes Assessed
Formative Assignment 1 Week 3 (10/4/2022) Week 1 5%   a
In-class test (On Campus, Face to Face) Week 7 (2/5/2022)     10% a-b
Assignment 2 Group Week 11 (31/5/2022) Week 6 25%   c-e
Class participation & contribution Week 2-11(6/6/2022) Week 2-11 10%   a-e
Final Examination (3 hours)       50% a-e
TOTALS     40% 60%  

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.

Textbook and Reference Materials


  • W. Stallings and T. L. Case, "Business Data Communications-Infrastructure, Networking and Security," 2012.

Reference Reading

  • 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.
  • Oppenheimer P., Top-Down Network Design. 3rd Edition. Cisco Systems, 2012.
  • Lammle, T. CCNA Routing and Switching Study Guide Exams 100-101, 200-101 and 200-120, 1st ed. SYBEX, Inc., 2013.

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.