• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Information Technology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Hanna Suominen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021.

Data communications and computer networking systems are growing rapidly in both size and function. It is impossible to think of a successful business day without the Internet. Modern communication technologies such as WiFi, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and Internet of Things (IoT) help us to stay connected with our family, friends, and work regardless of present location. 

Networked Information Systems (NISs) are becoming an essential part of everyday experiences, in our kitchen appliances, cars, and public transport and for Internet banking and shopping. Because they can make or break a day, understanding how networks work, and how they should be set up and managed to for reliability, scalability, mobility, and security is of the utmost importance to us.

In this course, you will learn fundamental concepts of data communication and networking in addition to gaining a working knowledge of network scalability, mobility, security, and managing capabilities. You will have the foundational basis to understand, evaluate, and compare new technologies and their applications. You will also develop a working knowledge of measuring risks and security threats and considering network monitoring and management procedures. Finally, you will build an ethics awareness and the communication skills needed to apply these networking concepts to a range of real-life analytical scenarios.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss how network applications and their components work in real-life socio-economic, ethical, and legal contexts and evaluate their risks.
  2. Analyse the role of network standards, protocols, and layered models.
  3. Apply network design principles, topologies, architectures, and their components.
  4. Apply logical and physical networks at levels from the local area to the Internet.
  5. Create a virtual machine and apply tools for packet analysis and file encryption in a lab environment.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Lab Tests (10) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Mid-Semester Exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Group Assignment (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Final Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Twelve two-hour lectures and twelve two-hour tutorials

Inherent Requirements

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

Fitzgerald J, Dennis A, Durcikova A (2019). Business Data Communications and Networking, 13th Australia & New Zealand Edition. Hoboken, NJ, USA: Wiley.

Assumed Knowledge



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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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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
2185 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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