Subject details

  • Topics
    • Networks in nature and society
    • Computer networking technology
    • Designing, managing and securing a computer network
    • Interrelationship of human networks and technology
    • Ubiquitous networks and information: implications and concerns
    • Privacy and security of data
    • Ethics of data collection, use and ownership
    • Ethics of data distribution and of copyright
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

Students who successfully complete this subject 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%) (0%)
  • Assignment 2 - Individual/Group (20-30%) (0%)
  • Assignment 3 - Individual/Group (40-50%) (0%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • SWI-MTB640
  • SWI-MTB210

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject 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.

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