• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Information Technology

This course studies networking fundamentals including local, metropolitan, and wide area networks (LAN, MAN, and WAN), the Internet, intranets, extranets, and the World Wide Web (WWW). Its focus is on the application, transport, and network layers. The topics covered include the following: hardware, software, network topologies, architecture, and protocols; network and web applications; website design and construction; information architecture; standards; privacy, security, firewalls, and reliability; systems integration; network monitoring and management; and professional ethics and social issues.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the end of this course, the student will be able to do the following:
  • Describe network topologies and architectures, LANs, and WANs.
  • Describe the TCP/IP stack and the ISO protocol suite. Compare and contrast the two.
  • Describe what the relevant standards are and why they are useful.
  • Understand the basic ICT professional ethics and social issues.
  • Describe how telnet and mail work.
  • Analyse, design, and/or create web pages.
  • Explain and/or create an Internet based system for use in, for example, a bank or library.
  • Describe how the http protocol works.
  • Understand networking concepts such as cookies, proxies, servers, and caching.
  • Understand key trends in communication and networking.

Indicative Assessment

Five lab exams (20%); Individual Assignment (30%); Final Exam (50%)

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Eleven two-hour lectures, five two-hour lab exams and five two-hour workshops.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level COMP courses and 6 units of 1000 level MATH courses. Incompatible with COMP6340.

Prescribed Texts

Business Data Communications & Networking,12th Edition
Jerry Fitzerald, Alan Dennis and Alexandra Durcikova
John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2014




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2311 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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