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Internet Technologies (COMP90007)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCOMP90007
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


The subject will introduce the basics of computer networks to students through a study of layered models of computer networks and applications. The first half of the subject deals with data communication protocols in the lower layers of OSI and TCP/IP reference models. The students will be exposed to the working of various fundamental networking technologies such as wireless, LAN, RFID and sensor networks. The second half of the subject deals with the upper layers of the TCP/IP reference model through a study of several Internet applications.


Topics covered include: Introduction to Internet, OSI reference model layers, protocols and services, data transmission basics, interface standards, network topologies, data link protocols, message routing, LANs, WANs, TCP/IP suite, detailed study of common network applications (e.g., email, news, FTP, Web), network management, and current and future developments in network hardware and protocols.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
  • Explain the salient aspects of network technologies and applications
  • Be able to use correct terminology within the domain of computer networks
  • Be able to conceptualise and explain the functionality of the different layers within a network architecture
  • Be able to explain the architecture and operation of the Internet

Generic skills

On completing this subject, students should have the following skills:

  • Be able to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Have a capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Have a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
COMP30023 Computer Systems
Semester 1

Recommended background knowledge

Basic proficiency in mathematics and computing.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Two individual homework assignments, equally weighted due around Week 3 and Week 7, requiring approximately 15 - 17 hours of work (5% each; 10% in total)
  • A project on obtaining measurement about a network and providing analysis of the collected data networks, due around week 5, requiring approximately 20-30 hours of work (10%)
  • One 45 minutes mid-semester test, to be held around Week 7 (5%)
  • A technical report about a current research topic or technology in networks, due around week 11, requiring approximately 35 - 40 hours of work (15%)
  • A 3-hour written examination, at the end of the semester (60%).

Hurdle requirement:

  • A Pass mark in all pieces of assessment is required to qualify for a Pass result in the subject.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 to 4 are addressed in the examination and the two assignments.

ILOs 3 and 4 and the generic skills are addressed in the project work.

Assignment 1 and 2 tests the knowledge of the core modules of the subject topic introduced in lectures. They are generally extensions of tutorial questions. The knowledge earned during the semester is finally tested in 3 hour examination. The project work, done in a group of two students, tests research and presentation skills.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorEgemen Tanin
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 hours per week
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorEgemen Tanin
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 hours per week
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

200 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Tanenbaum, Andrew S. Computer Networks, 4th edition, Prentice Hall

  • Subject notes


    The subject will be delivered through a combination of lectures and workshops. Students will also complete two assignments and a research project which will reinforce the material covered in lectures.


    At the beginning of the year, the coordinator will propose a textbook on fundamental networking and will be made available through University Book Shop and library. The current suggested textbook is Computer Networks (5th edition), Andrew Tanenbaum and David Wetherall, Prentice Hall, 2011.


    This knowledge and skills learned in the subject forms a basis of many professional careers such as practicing engineers, consultants and Information Technology specialists. There will be one or two lectures from invited practitioners from industry.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 21 August 2019