module specification

CT3034 - Wide Area Networks (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Wide Area Networks
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   Practical Assessment
Unseen Examination 50%   2-hour Unseen Examination and End of Chapter Tests *FC*
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module develops analytical and practical knowledge and skills for configuring and managing Internetworking devices in Wide Area Networks. This module uses special devices to emulate a variety of Wide Area technologies. It provides further experience of laboratory team working and individual trouble shooting in ISDN, Frame relay, Dial up modem and Broadband Networks.

Prior learning requirements

CT2054N Local Area Networks and CT2053 Network Devices (both passed)

Module aims

1. To understand the benefit of scaling IP addresses [A2]
2. To understand the basic concept of Wide Area Networks (WANs) [A2]
3. To differentiate between different WAN services (LAPB, Frame Relay, etc...) [A2,A3]
4. To understand and configure Frame Relays in the routers [A2]
5. To identify PPP operations to encapsulate WAN data on Cisco routers [A2.A3]
6. To understand Network documentation, security and trouble shooting [A3]
7. To understand common WAN implementation issues. [A2]
This module is focusing on graduate attributes are A2 and A3.


WAN Technologies: WAN Technologies Overview, WAN Design
Point to Point Protocol: Serial Point-to-Point Links, PPP Authentication, Configuring PPP
Frame Relay: Frame Relay Concepts, Configuring Frame Relay
Network Security: Secure Router Network Services, Cisco SDM, Secure Router management
Access Control Lists : Creating, applying, editing and troubleshooting ACLs
Teleworker Services: Broadband Services, VPN technologies, Scaling IP addresses: Scaling Networks with DHCP, NAT and PAT. Network Trouble shooting methodology and tools: Network performance baseline, Common WAN issues

Learning and teaching

A variety of approaches will be adopted. A standard text, written specially for this module covers the detailed syllabus. An interactive on-line curriculum will enable students to study the unit and provides end-of-chapter multiple-choice tests with which students can readily test their understanding and obtain immediate feedback. Formal lecture classes will further emphasis the key features of each chapter and provide opportunities for interactive discussion on some of the more important issues of internetworking
The aim of the laboratory programs is to help students to gain knowledge and skill of designing and implementing Wide Area Networks as well as configuring the network infrastructure, such as configuring Routers, Switches, etc in Wide and Local Area Networks. The tutorials are based on the lecture material which requires development of problem solving and special skills.

Lecture                                                            (learning outcomes 1 to 7) [14 hours]
Lecture-related independent learning      (learning outcomes 4 to 8) [50 hours]
Problem Solving classes                            (learning outcomes 1 to 8) [26 hours]
Computer-assisted learning                      (learning outcome 1 to 7) [34 hours]
Laboratory Program                                      (learning outcomes 1 to 8) [26 hours]
Total teaching and learning time                                                           [150 hours]

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Explain the advantages of using private IP addresses, DHCP, NAT & PAT [A2]
2. Describe the concept of WAN and differentiate between different types of WAN such as Frame
relay, HDLC and PPP. [A2,A3]
3. Configure Frame relay LMIs, maps and subinterfaces. [A2]
4. Monitor Frame relay operations in the routers. [A2]
5. Design WAN, document, manage and troubleshoot. [A2]
6. Identify PPP operations. [A2,A3]
7. Explain the purpose of Access Control List and its implementation. [A3]
8. Work effectively in a small team to demonstrate a performance measurement in WANs and
establish a network performance baseline. [A2, A3]

Assessment strategy

Open book examination: Weekly open book multiple choice test based on the lecture, on line material and tutorial sessions
Closed-book end of unit examination: a 2-hour multiple choice final on line exam based on the lecture notes, on line material and tutorial sessions
Practical assessment: Final practical exam based on weekly practical experiments




Accessing the WAN, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide, Cisco Press; 2Rev Ed edition, ISBN: 1587132052
Accessing the WAN, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide (Lab Companion), Cisco Press; 2Rev Ed edition, ISBN: 158713201X .