ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP (8)

This subject is about the TCP/IP protocol suite and how it is used on the internet. It begins with a short history of the internet, the organisations that develop internet standards, and a review of the underlying communications technologies needed for the internet. Detailed examinations of IP addressing, IP routing, as well as the internet layers and protocols are then facilitated. Finally internet applications, IPv6, and the future of TCP/IP are discussed.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Brisbane
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Brisbane
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Port Macquarie Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC542. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to postgraduate students.  Not available to students who have completed (ITC511 and ITC512) or ITC342 or (ITC591 and ITC592)

Assumed Knowledge

Familiarity with networking concepts at the level of ITC431 or ITC560

Incompatible Subjects

ITC342, ITC511, ITC512, ITC591, ITC592

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the TCP/IP architecture and layers and compare with the OSI layers;
  • be able to analyse IP addressing requirements and design an addressing scheme;
  • be able to analyse the requirements of IP routing and choose appropriate routing methods;
  • be able to demonstrate how internetworking devices obtain their network configuration;
  • be able to explain how data flows through the internet;
  • be able to ascertain and evaluate selection of applications and protocols for transferring data across the internet; and
  • be able to discuss the evolution and ongoing change of the internet.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • History of the internet and standards organisations.
  • TCP/IP and ISO OSI networking architecture.
  • Underlying technologies.
  • IP addressing.
  • Internetworking protocols.
  • Routing protocols.
  • Address and name management.
  • Application-layer protocols.
  • Future of the internet.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC542 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online quiz
Networking fundamentals
Network design (research)
Network design
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.