Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the foundational concepts and experience in networking and systems administration. The course provides the basic theory, concepts and practical experience in the design, installation and configuration of personal computers, peer-to-peer networks and client-server networks meeting user requirements.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Semester 2 - 2021

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Design and configure peer-to-peer networks to share resources;

2. Analyse requirements and design network architecture for a given scenario;

3. Design and configure IP addressing schemes for a given scenario;

4. Design and configure a client-server network and required network services for a given scenario;

5. Evaluate and critique a design for a systems and network solution.


  1. Theoretical aspects of computer communications.
  2. The role of computer networks.
  3. Computer network architecture.
  4. Systems software for computer networks.
  5. Applications software and computer networks.
  6. Implementation and maintenance of computer networks.

Assumed knowledge

SENG1050 Web Technologies (previously COMP1050 Internet Communications)

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments

In Term Test: Practical Tests

Participation: Weekly Tasks

Formal Examination: Formal examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students whose overall mark in the course is 50% or more, but who score less than 40% in the compulsory item and thus fail to demonstrate the required proficiency, will be awarded a Criterion Fail grade, which will show as FF on their formal transcript. However, students in this position who have scored at least 25% in the compulsory assessment item will be allowed to undertake a supplementary 'capped' assessment in which they can score at most 50% of the possible mark for that item.

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah, Online and PSB Singapore

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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