Networked Systems and Communities - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Availability for 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Network Evaluation (15-20%) , Assignment 2 - Individual/Group (20-30%) - Learn more

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Domestic 3,180.00
Domestic continuing 2,663.00
International 3,430.00
International continuing 2,913.00

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This unit explores contemporary forms of communication enabled by technology through a social capital perspective. Technological and organisational innovation enabled by contemporary communication methods and distributed collaboration is a major focus.

The unit reviews current contemporary data communications applications, including developing an understanding of the various Internet-based communications methods. Students will investigate the application and technical contents of the data communications field including the higher levels of the seven-layer Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model, understanding network topologies and develop an understanding of the implication of these models in a real-world business environment.

In addition to technical knowledge students will investigate the changing role and use of networked systems in relation to both organisations and society and the implications of this from a social and business perspective. Students will understand the role of selected important communications applications as well as the social and business impacts and issues associated with these applications. In particular, students will be introduced to risks related to privacy and security of data related to individuals as it is obtained and stored using increasingly prevalent monitoring software in the virtual and real worlds.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify the major protocols used network topologies
  2. Critically appraise the value and contribution of data networks and communications in a range of organisational contexts
  3. Critically analyse and evaluate appropriate methods to identify the risks associated with the management of privacy and security issues within a corporate network
  4. Draw on a multi-disciplinary knowledge, skills, and practice from various source  to recommend and justify appropriate software and network systems to meet  business data communications needs
  5. Effectively communicate and articulate ideas in a scholarly manner through the project report and presentation
  6. Independently research topics and resolve problems associated with network management.
  • Assignment 1 — Network Evaluation (15-20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Individual/Group (20-30%)
  • Assignment 3 — (40-50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MTB640 — Networked Systems and Communities

Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed MTB210.

  • Additional materials

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Networks in nature and society
2Computer networking technology
3Designing, managing and securing a computer network
4Interrelationship of human networks and technology
5Ubiquitous networks and information: implications and concerns
6Privacy and security of data
7Ethics of data collection, use and ownership
8Ethics of data distribution and of copyright

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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