Course Title: Communication Networks

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communication Networks

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Arvind Sharma

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4704.

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.05.011

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Student are expected to have completed EEET2277 Computer Applications.

Course Description

This course covers the concepts and application of LAN (wired & wireless) and WAN (circuit and packet switched networks), which includes but is not restricted to communication networks, modulation techniques, switching and multiplexing and digital subscriber line.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will gain or improve capabilities in:

Technical Competence:
• TC1: knowledge in Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies, protocols and configuration will be gained or further developed through application of testing and diagnostic skills.
• TC2, 3, & 4: this course prepares the student to problem solving, installing, configuring and managing LAN and WAN techniques which applicable to engineering industry.
Integrative Perspective:
• IP1, 2, & 3: with an established understanding in Internetworking technology and through design & construction projects, this course prepares the student to be systematic in their approach to analyse and overcome problems, install, configure and manage communication networks in simulated workplace environment.
Professional practice:
• PP2: student capabilities will be improved through presentation of written reports and communicating ideas or information when work with others and working in teams projects.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• Design, install and implement wired & wireless Local Area Network (LAN) and develop practical skills in testing and problem solving related to LAN.
• Install, configure and manage WAN links that support various encapsulation formats, which include implementation, complex testing and evaluation of procedures.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:
• Attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
• Participate in classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory and application of selected subject matter;
• Participate in individual and team problem solving practical scenarios relating to construction the working model of LAN and WAN systems;
• Completion of tutorial questions and practical laboratory project to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding and completion of design and construction projects;
• Comparing technologies among selected syllabus material ;
• Participate in development of testing procedure to verify the performance specification, diagnosis of faults in circuits and completion of the commission;
• Completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
• Private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT) and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class.
Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. Students will also use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises of a mixture of written and assessable practical assignments, progress tests and a final exam in either short answer, multi choice or a mixture of the two.
Written assignments and the presentation will be used to provide feedback to students on their progress in the course during the semester.