module specification

CT5004 - LAN & WAN (CCNA 3 & 4) (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title LAN & WAN (CCNA 3 & 4)
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
30 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
180 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 50%   CCNA3 - Practical exam (2-Hours)
Practical Examination 50%   CCNA4 - Practical exam (2-Hours)
Running in 2024/25

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Module summary

This module develops analytical and practical knowledge and skills for configuring and managing Internetworking devices in local and 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 EIGRP Configuration, Switch Configuration, Spanning-Tree Protocol, Virtual LANs, Frame relay and WAN design.
After completing this module, student should be able:
• To explain the operation of Local Area Network (LAN) protocols and their benefits
• To describe the types of LAN switching and protocols
• To understand basic concept and configuration of Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs)
• To understand the concept of virtual LANs and its benefit
• To understand the benefit of scaling IP addresses
• To differentiate between different WAN services (LAPB, Frame Relay, etc)
• To identify PPP operations to encapsulate WAN data on Cisco routers
• To understand Network documentation, security and trouble shooting
• To understand common WAN implementation issues.

Prior learning requirements

CT4004 completed


Introduction to Ethernet/802.3 LANs, Introduction to LAN Switching, Switch Operation LO1,LO2
LAN Design, Switch Configuration, Redundant Topologies, Spanning-Tree Protocol, Virtual LANs, VLAN Configuration, Troubleshooting VLANs, Trunking, VTP, Inter-VLAN Routing , Wireless LANs,  WAN Technologies Overview, WAN Design, Point to Point Protocol , PPP Authentication, Configuring PPP,  Configuring Frame Relay, Secure Router Network Services, Cisco SDM, Secure Router management , Creating, applying, editing and troubleshooting ACLs, Broadband Services, VPN technologies, Scaling Networks with DHCP, NAT and PAT , Network Trouble shooting methodology and tools. LO1,LO2,


Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
LO1. Design, configure, secure and troubleshoot operation of routers and switches in a small network.
LO2. Describe the concept of LAN segmentation using bridges, routers and switches and their benefits;
LO3. Understand the benefit of scaling IP addresses;
LO4. Development of analytical and practical knowledge and skills for configuring and managing Internetworking devices in Wide Area Networks;
LO5. Understand common WAN implementation issues, and understand Network documentation, security and trouble shooting;
LO6. Work effectively in a small team in responsible manner and with professional commitment to demonstrate a performance measurement in WANs and establish a network performance baseline; keep record/log of findings, group discussions and reflections for quality improvements


Core Texts:
Module material is available online from to the registered students on this module using individual user id and password.

• John Tiso (2014), Interconnecting Cisco Network devices: foundation learning guide, Part 2, (ICND2), Cisco Press, ISBN 1587143771, 9781587143779
• Cisco Systems Inc., “Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 3 and 4 Companion Guide”, (3rd Ed.)
• Cisco Systems Inc., “Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 3 and 4 Lab Companion”, (3rd Ed.)

Other Texts:
• James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ros (2013), Computer networking: a top-down approach (6 ed), ISBN: 9780273775638

• IET networks
• IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
• ACM transactions on Internet technology

• Cisco Networking Academy:
• University Library website:
• Subject guides and research support:

Electronic Databases:
• IEEE Xplore / IET Digital Library (IEL):
• Wiley Online Library:

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