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FIT5083: Network infrastructure

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal datesfor the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)

South Africa

  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


(FIT9135 or FIT5135 or FIT9020) or equivalent


Transmission media impose various and often unique constraints on the design of networks and their achievable performance. This unit will cover key performance concepts in copper cables, optical fibre cabled and wireless transmission media. This includes atmospheric propagation impact on QoS, satellite and wireless systems, Wifi, WiMax network propagation issues and planning concepts, and satellite and terrestrial service planning concepts. The infrastructure requirements, reliability and maintainability of networks with specific transmission media will be covered, including the application of GIS, Internet of Things (IoT) and wireless sensor networks in design and planning for terrestrial, mobile and cellular systems.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe basic communications and network infrastructures;
  2. analyse and evaluate communications and network infrastructures for enterprises;
  3. use latest wired and wireless network technologies in building network infrastructures.


Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Two hours of lectures
    • One 2-hour laboratory
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Abdul Khan

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Networks and security

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