ITC233 Computer Networks (8)


In this subject students learn the architecture, functions, components and models of the Internet and other computer networks. Students design, test and analyse the elements of small to medium-sized networks. The concepts covered in this subject enable students to develop skills related to cabling, IP addressing, configuring and routing. This subject is the first in a series of three subjects that incorporate the Cisco Networking Academy Program.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC233
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Computing and Mathematics

Assumed Knowledge

ITC212 or ITC242 or ITC431

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed ITC511.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ITC511 ITC511 similar content

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the critical concepts in Local Area Networks;
  • be able to describe and design the addressing and naming schemes of data networks;
  • be able to analyse the communication processes across different levels in the layered architecture;
  • be able to design, calculate and apply subnetting in IP networks;
  • be able to perform and analyse tasks related to basic network configuration and testing.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Exploring the network.
  • Configuring a network operating system.
  • Network protocols and communications.
  • Network access.
  • Ethernet.
  • Network layer.
  • Transport layer.
  • IP addressing.
  • Subnetting IP networks.
  • Application layer.
  • Network analysis.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 2 day residential school. Purpose:
The inclusion of the Cisco Networking Academy Program requires all students to undertake practical based assessment activities conducted in a networking laboratory.

1. Laboratory based practical exercises
2. Practical assessment activities
3. Invigilated Online Cisco examination and other as appropriate


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.