Course Title: Network Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Network Fundamentals

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018


RMIT University Vietnam


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Viet1 2017,
Viet3 2017,
Viet2 2018

Course Coordinator: RMIT City Campus:Program Manager; RMIT Vietnam Campus:Anna Felipe

Course Coordinator Phone: RMIT City Campus:+61 3 9925 4468

Course Coordinator Email: RMIT City Campus:; RMIT Vietnam Campus:

Course Coordinator Location: RMIT City Campus/RMIT Vietnam Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is a network introductory course covering all aspects of networking with particular emphasis of use of the 7 layer model as a framework for discussing and learning new network terms and definitions.
In addition, this course covers application and design of Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) including installation, operation, and troubleshooting a small branch office network.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

At the Associate Degree level this course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:
2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
2.2 Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.

At the Bachelor Degree level this course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving.
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Describe the basic operation of the protocols in the OSI and TCP/IP models and analyse network traffic.
2. Describe the operation and necessity of using operation and configuration of IP addressing (IPv4 / IPv6).
3. Identify the appropriate IPv4 addressing scheme using VLSM and summarization to satisfy addressing requirements in a LAN/WAN environment. Identify the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect Cisco network devices to other network devices and hosts in a LAN.
4. Describe basic switching concepts and their operation. Configure switch configuration including VLAN and Perform basic measurement techniques. remote access management.
5. Configure and verify utilizing the CLI to set basic Router configuration. Configure and verify DHCP on Router
6. Comprehend network device security features & configurations: ACL, NAT. Configure and verify network device security features.
7. Identify common applications and their impact on the network. Identify and Troubleshoot problems associated with IP addressing and host configurations.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, practicals and online quizzes. Students will be offered training through Cisco Networking Academy Program for this course. This training prepares students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Test.
In this course students will learn industry recognized skills in designing, implementing and managing Local Area Network (LAN), Wide area Network. The learning unit will emphasise LAN monitoring and troubleshooting techniques. After the successful completion of this unit, the learner is expected to administer and support Local Area Networks.

Classroom activities:
Lectures: to introduce the important concepts.
• Attending lectures will make it much easier for you to understand the central concepts of the course
• You will feel more comfortable and you will learn more if you read the relevant material before you attend the lectures

Practical exercises: to give you the hands on experience of implementing and troubleshooting networks
• In general there will be one or two practical exercise per week
• You will perform the lab exercise.

Work simulated activities: you will progressively implement a networking scenario as you would be expected to do in industry.
• You will be expected to work on a networking scenario progressively as you learn the material required for you to be able to do so.
• Leaving the work to a late stage and then rushing to complete it is bad industrial practice. It will be strongly discouraged and marked down heavily. You will be expected to meet progressive milestones in the completion of this activity.

Online quiz:
There will be weekly quizzes to assist your progress in the course
• You will be required to read and study at least one chapter of the course content per week.

Occupational Health and Safety:
Conduct in lecture theatres, classrooms and laboratories will be of a standard required by OH&S legislation as applied to industry.
• You must behave in such a way as not to place the health and safety of yourself or anyone else at risk
• Covered shoes must be worn in all labs
o Thongs and sandals must not be worn in any lab

Preparation for the Work place:
All skills and knowledge in this course are oriented towards current industry practices and technologies. An essential industry expectation is that you are responsible for your behaviour and actions. When you are in employment you will be expected to attend work on time on a regular basis, perform you work on time to an accepted standard and be responsible for what you do. Industry will expect you to comprehend and follow both verbal and written instructions. All industry expectations will applied to you in this course. You will be expected to:
• Observe all Occupational Health and Safety requirements
o You must behave in such a way as not to place the health and safety of yourself or anyone else at risk

Prepare for classes:
• Attend all classes regularly and on time
• Use your class time in a productive and responsible way
• Finish your work on time to an accepted standard
• Pay attention to, comprehend and follow both verbal and written instructions.
o It is your personal responsibility to be aware of course requirements and timelines

Activities Outside of Class:
It is expected that students will allocate a number of course hours for reading, independent study, design, implementation, testing and problem solving activities.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will consist of recommended references and class notes which may be accessed through "myRMIT" if you are in Melbourne and via "RMIT online" if you are based in Vietnam.
The set of references is deliberately broad, including books, journal publications, government reports, industry standards and handbooks, and web-based resources.

Overview of Assessment


X This course has no additional requirements (hurdles) for completion

Assessment 1 

Associate level: Lab Exam

Weighting towards final grade (%): 50

this task assesses the following course learning outcomes:
PLO 2.1, 2.2 CLO 1, 2, 4, 7


Bachelor level: Laboratory exercises

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40

this task assesses the following course learning outcomes:

PLO 1.2 CLO 3, 5, 6


Assessment 2

Associate level: Final Exam (Closed Book)

Weighting towards final grade(%): 50         

this task assesses the following course learning outcomes:

PLO 2.1, 2.2 CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


Bachelor level: Laboratory Test

Weighting of final grade (%): 20     

this task assesses the following course learning outcomes:

PLO 1.2 CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Assessment 3 

Bachelor level: Written examination

Weighting of final grade (%): 40     

this task assesses the following course learning outcomes:

PLO 1.2 CLO 1, 2, 4, 6