COMP 3014 Networked Systems Design

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 300575

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Description This unit builds on and consolidates the skills and knowledge gained in Computer Networking and Computer Networks and Internets. Students successfully completing this unit will acquire the necessary design skills and knowledge required to build and configure enterprise scale networks. The unit provides students with an opportunity to develop problem-solving techniques and decision-making skills to resolve networking issues. Students completing this unit and its prerequisites should also now be prepared to attempt world recognized network industry certification (CCNA).

School Computer, Data & Math Sciences

Discipline Networks and Communications

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) COMP 3007

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 5741 - Broadband Networking

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Design the physical layout of the network and produce a specification diagram
  2. Provide detailed network documentation in the appropriate format
  3. Design an Internet Protocol (IP) subnetting scheme using Variable Length Subnet Mask (VLSM) & Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR)
  4. Design and propose appropriate router and switch configurations
  5. Verify and troubleshoot various types of network connections
  6. Provide a written final report/network design proposal to a professional standard
  7. Correctly configure a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
  8. Correctly configure single-area Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol
  9. Correctly configure Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) and 802.1q trunking
  10. Correctly configure Frame Relay
  11. Correctly configure Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
  12. Correctly configure Network Address Translation (NAT)
  13. Create and apply Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  14. Create a Hierarchical Network Design

Subject Content

Sound Network Design Practices
Hierarchical Network Design Principles
Classless Routing
Single-Area Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Protocol
Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
Switch Configuration
Spanning-Tree Protocol (STP)
Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
Virtual Trunking Protocol (VTP)
Local Area Network (LAN) Aggregation & Redundancy
Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs)
Scaling Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses
Wide Aare Network (WAN) Technologies
Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) and Dial-on-Demand Routing (DDR)
Frame Relay


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Practical Exercises Maximum of 12 Lab Exercises at a maximum of 2hr per exercise 10 N Both (Individual & Group)
Skills Based Practical Test 1 hour 20 N Both (Individual & Group)
Online Test 1 hour - closed book 20 Y Individual
Network Design Assignment Maximum 15 pages 50 Y Individual

Teaching Periods


Penrith (Kingswood)


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Sydney City Campus - Term 2

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Sydney City Campus - Term 3

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