Course Title: Install and manage network protocols

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: COSC5392C

Course Title: Install and manage network protocols

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5231 - Diploma of Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Greg Long

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

No pre-requisites or co-requistes are required.

Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to install and manage network protocols in a networking environment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAI3101B Install and manage network protocols


1 Install and manage network protocols.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Select, test and validate appropriate network protocol services
1.2 Design a network addressing system, with subnet and host IDs, including appropriate devices
1.3 Configure hosts and workstations to use IP addresses either manually or through automatic allocation of addresses, such as found with dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP)


2. Identify network protocol applications.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify a range of well-known network protocol applications
2.2 Evaluate client user requirement and recommend network protocol services
2.3 Apply IP addressing scheme according to approved polices and procedures

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to plan for a budget then prepare the budget for a small production.

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• lectures
• group discussion
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• work shopping of students’ own projects

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
• online research
• independent project based work

Teaching Schedule

Teaching schedule
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Class ContentElements Covered                              
Class 1An overview of what we will learn this semester;
An introduction to what networks are, and how we use them;
How much do we know about networks and which ones do we already use?
A look at the different devices that make up a traditional computer network. How are devices actually connected?
Network topologies;
Network infrastructure and components; and
Applications of networks.

Element 1

Element 2

Class 2In class Open Book Formative Assessment Task: Terminate a patch cable and cross over cable
A brief history of networks in computer environments;
A look at the ubiquitous blue cable, Category X cable. Shielded, unshielded;
TIA 568A vs TIA 568 cabling protocols
Different twisted pair cable types – advantages, disadvantages and applications;
Installation practices around cable installation; and
Interoperability between the hardware of different vendors and the enabling roll played by protocols.
Element 1

Element 2

Class 3Key audio visual manufacturers of network enabled hardware;
Centralised vs. Decentralised processing;
AV signal types;
Network transport protocols for AV signals – i.e. HDBaseT and AVB; and
Further applications of Ethernet cables, beyond network data transfer.

Element 2
2.1, 2.2


Class 4Class Four – In class assessment: Design and document a small audio visual system and associated network infrastructure, based on a given scope of works. Design and document and IP addressing schema to allow efficient installation and management of the audio visual system design.

Network models – a look at how networks exchange information;
What is the OSI reference model?;
Anatomy of the OSI model;
Checksum – what is it, and why is it used?
What is TCP/IP and anatomy of the TCP model;
OSI vs. TCP;
Application of the OSI and TCP in audio visual systems;
Bridges vs Switches vs Routers

Element 1
1.1, 1.3

Element 2



Class 5Diving deeper into TCP/IP network protocols;
IP addresses and IP address classes;
Reserved IP addresses;
Static vs Dynamic IP address allocation;
ARP – Address Resolution Protocol and how it functions to identify devices on a network;
Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Class 6MAC addresses; and
How to design and IP address schema.

Element 2
2.1, 2.2
Class 7In Class Open Book Summative Assessment Task: Configure a network and transport equipment to deploy AV signals over a Local Area Network.

Installation practices for AV network equipment;
Network latency and how it affects AV system design and performance;
The important role of equipment manufacturers: research, development and training; and
Essential further learning through manufacturer based courses – online and class based.

Element 1

Element 2

Class 8Facilitated forum for revision of previous topics;

In class formative assessment: Design and document a small audio visual system and associated network infrastructure, based on a given scope of works; and

In class Formative Assessment Task: Short answer test of all topics covered so far.

All Elements

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to the relevant URL links, guides and references in the course Blackboard site and World Wide Web.


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of University library facilities, in researching and developing event budgeting techniques.

Other Resources

It is recommended that you bring materials to classes and productions to make notes, for example;
• a pen and note paper
• a laptop computer with word and excel type programs, if you have access to one.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include practical in-class activities like terminating a patch cable and connecting an AV device as well as a project on network planning.

Assessment Tasks

You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course..

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

For further information on the assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessment.

You will be assessed using the following methods:


1.Class Two – In class assessment: Terminate a patch cable and cross over cable. (Open Book Assessment Task)
2.Class Four – In class assessment: Design and document a small audio visual system and associated network infrastructure, based on a given scope of works. Design and document and IP addressing schema to allow efficient installation and management of the audio visual system design.
3.Class Seven - In class assessment: Set up IT network and associated equipment to transport audio visual signals over IT network infrastructure.



1.Class Eight – In class assessment: Multiple choice test of all topics covered so far.

The details on these assessments and the grading criteria for this competency can be found on the course blackboard site.
Grades used for both these courses are as follows and can be found on the course blackboard site:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI   Competent with Distinction
CC    Competent with Credit
CP    Competent with Pass
NYC Not yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

The major learning experience involves theory and practical training and assessment sessions, including individual and group practical exercises. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to achieve competency in this unit.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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