ITC233 Computer Networks (8)

In this subject students learn the architectures, models, protocols, and networking elements that connect users, devices, applications and data through the Internet and across modern computer networks - including IP addressing and Ethernet fundamentals. 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.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

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

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain 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 for routers and switches and testing; and
  • be able to implement foundational network security.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Networking Today
  • Basic Switch and End Device Configuration
  • Protocol Models
  • Physical Layer
  • Number Systems
  • Data Link Layer
  • Ethernet Switching
  • Network Layer
  • Address Resolution
  • Basic Router Configuration
  • IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing
  • Internet Control Message Protocol
  • Transport Layer
  • Application Layer
  • Network Security Fundamentals
  • Build a Small Network

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC233 in Session 1 2020. 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 %
Chapter exams
Theory and simulation exercises
Online exam
Skill assessment test
Final exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

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 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.