BN106 - Networking Fundamentals

Credit Points: 15

Prerequisite: BN103 Platform Technologies

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 48 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a second trimester core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Networking (BNet) and Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Telecommunications) BEngTech(Tel). This unit addresses the BNet and BEngTech(Tel) course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ knowledge and skills in networking fundamentals. For further course information refer to: and This unit is part of the AQF Level 7 (BNet and BEngTech(Tel)) courses.

Computer Networks are built with a combination of computer hardware and computer software. Emphasizing both the fundamental principles as well as the critical role of performance in driving protocol and network design, it explores in detail all the critical technical areas in data communications used in wide-area networking and local area networking.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. Fundamentals of data communications and networking.
  2. Types of communication, encodings and modulation, bandwidth and capacity.
  3. Guided medium (Cable, twisted pair, and fibre optics) standards and categories.
  4. WAN technologies and protocols.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the principles of networking protocols and standards;
  2. Identify reference models and layered architectures in networking;
  3. Recognize network topologies, media types and network components;
  4. Identify the network (OSI) layers at which various network devices operate;
  5. Use some basic tools/utilities for network analysis;
  6. Employ basic cabling and network design techniques to connect devices.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Tutorial/Workshop: 2 hours
Face to Face


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

*refer to learning outcomes above.


  • C. M. White, Data Communications and Computer Networks: A Business User's Approach, Eighth Edition, 2016, Cengage Learning

Reference Reading

  • W. Stallings, Data and Computer Communications, 10th ed. Prentice Hall, USA, 2014
  • A. S. Tanenbaum, Computer Networks, 5th ed, Prentice Hall, 2010
  • J. Fitzgerald, Business data Communications and Networking, 12th ed., Wiley, 2014
  • D. E. Comer, Computer Networks and Internets, 6th ed, Pearsons, 2014

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

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 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