ITC542 Networking Fundamentals (8)

This subject provides students with an introduction to contemporary computer networking concepts and instils the skills and knowledge required to design, configure and manage a small to medium sized network. Students will gain knowledge about the layered architectural design principles along with the technical standards required for establishing connectivity through such networks. The subject will introduce students to the current and emerging concepts in IP addressing, IP routing and switching to develop the skills required to design, implement and troubleshoot computer networks.


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. 

Assumed Knowledge

Familiarity with internet technologies and basic computer networking concepts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to interpret the architectural design principles of internetworking;
  • 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.
  • Layered networking architecture.
  • Underlying technologies.
  • IP addressing.
  • Internetworking protocols.
  • Routing protocols.
  • Address and name management.
  • Application and Transport layer protocols.
  • Future of internetworking.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC542 in Session 3 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 %
Wireshark and cisco packet tracer basics
Networking fundamentals
Network design
Final exam

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.