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Bachelor of Networking

Overview of the Course

The Bachelor of Networking (BNET) was developed after extensive consultation with industry and senior academics. It is based on international best practice for undergraduate courses in information technology and networking.

More importantly, The BNET emphasises professional and interpersonal skills that will help graduates achieve satisfying careers in IT. Students also develop skills in lifelong learning, problem solving, and research. Key features of the BNET include hands on practical experience with the latest networking technology, studio-based collaborative learning, and industry-based projects. The course also incorporates significant course content and an elective specialisation in network security, an area of extreme importance for applications in the public and private sector.

Aim of the Course

The Bachelor of Networking prepares graduates for a professional career in networking specializing in network security, network enterprise management and wireless and mobile technologies. Graduates of the Bachelor of Networking gain a solid understanding of the underlying theories and concepts; they will also gain practical, hands-on experience with the relevant technology. Students are also prepared to undertake postgraduate study.

Key Features:

The Bachelor of Networking offers the following key features:

  • Core Knowledge in IT and Networking: The Bachelor of Networking incorporates the Core Knowledge in IT that is recommended by the Australian Computing Society and the ACM. The Bachelor of Networking covers most of the ACM’s Core Knowledge in Networking and System Administration.
  • Hands on practical work and industry-relevant material: The course includes a large amount of practical, hands-on work with networking technology. In the labs, students gain experience with Cisco networks; they also gain experience with Unix and Windows operating systems.
  • Studio-based learning: The BNET emphasises participative learning where students carry out case studies and projects in a collaborative learning community that simulates the working environment. This will help graduates obtain key employable skills such as communication, collaboration, and self direction.
  • Security: The degree features significant unit content and an elective specialization in security. Network security is a critical area for applications in the private and public sectors.
  • Industry-based projects: BNET students complete a final-year capstone project that will be based on a real application in industry or in an organisation. This will allow students to bring together and strengthen the knowledge and skills they have gained during the program. It will also ensure that they have the capability to take on employment upon graduation.
  • Wireless and mobile technologies: The degree features significant unit content in wireless networks and a specialization in mobile technologies. These are key emerging areas of networking.

Teaching methodology and assessment

The course is delivered in a small-class environment through lectures, labs, studio-based learning, tutorials and individual consultation. Where possible, case-study analysis and problem-solving approaches are adopted to enhance student learning.

Assessment is continuous during the semester, and consists of tutorial work, individual and group assignments, class participation, presentations, tests and final examinations. In each unit, the final examination can vary depending on each unit structure.

Course duration

Six semester (3 years)

Course structure

Teaching Period 1
BN101 Effective Participation at Work
BN102 Web Systems
BN103 Platform Technologies
BN104 Operating Systems
Teaching Period 2
BN105 IT for Users in Organisations
BN106 Networking Fundamentals
BN107 Multimedia Systems
BN108 Programming for Networking
Teaching Period 3
BN201 Professional Issues
BN202 Internetworking Technologies
BN203 Network Security 1
BN204 Database Technologies
Teaching Period 4
BN205 Project Management
BN206 System Administration
BN207 Wireless and Local Area Networks
BN208 Networked Applications
Teaching Period 5
BN301 Industry- Based Project
BN302 Wide Area Networks
BN303 Network Security 2
Specialisation a / Networking or Business Elective
Teaching Period 6
BN304 Industry- Based Project
BN305 Virtual Private Networks
Specialisation b and c/ Networking or Business Electives

Electives and Specialisations

Networking Electives: Enterprise Network Management Specialisation

BN306 Enterprise Networks
BN307 Network Design
BN308 Network Performance

Networking Electives: Security Specialisation

BN309 Computer Forensics
BN310 Penetration Testing
BN311 IT Security Management

Networking Electives: Mobile Technologies Specialisation

BN312 Mobile Computing
BN313 Mobile Applications
BN308 Network Performance

Business Electives

MIT501 Management Principles
MIT502 Introduction to Human Resource Management
MIT503 Accounting & Business Decisions
MIT504 Introduction to Marketing
MIT505 Managerial Skills

Bachelor of Networking - Summary of unit outlines

*The proposed study sequence outlined above in table is sample only. Student may enrol for any of the above units at any stage, except in the case where such units require prerequisites, as there is no guarantee that every unit will be offered in any particular semesterer.
*All units are subject to change through the processes of regular course revision.


The Bachelor of Networking is accredited by the Victoria Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and is registered with the Australian Government through the Commonwealth Register of International Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Applications have been submitted for accreditation by the Australian Computer Society.


The following are some of the career opportunities for graduates of the Bachelor of Networking:

Network Architects, network engineers, Systems engineers, Help desk support, Network analyst, Systems analyst, Network security specialist, Mobile applications developer etc.


As a minimum applicants must have successfully completed a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or equivalent. Applicants with overseas qualifications must have an appropriate qualification recognized by their home country regulatory bodies as equivalent to at least an Australian Year 12 Level.

IELTS overall score 6.0 (Academic Module) with no individual band score less than 5.5, or equivalent.

Course Credits

Recognition of prior learning is available, especially for those who have completed studies in the areas of Information Technology, Information Systems, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering.

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