module specification

CT5004 - LAN & WAN (CCNA 3 & 4) (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
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
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   CCNA3 - Test (2-Hours)
Unseen Examination 50%   CCNA4 - Test (2-Hours)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Thursday Evening
Year North Tuesday Afternoon
Spring semester North Tuesday Evening

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.

Module aims

1- To explain the operation of Local Area Network (LAN) protocols and their benefits
2-To describe the types of LAN switching and protocols
3-To understand basic concept and configuration of Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs)
4. To understand the concept of virtual LANs and its benefit
5-To understand the benefit of scaling IP addresses
6-To differentiate between different WAN services (LAPB, Frame Relay, etc)
7-To identify PPP operations to encapsulate WAN data on Cisco routers
8-To understand Network documentation, security and trouble shooting
9- To understand common WAN implementation issues.


Introduction to Ethernet/802.3 LANs, Introduction to LAN Switching, Switch Operation, 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.

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.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to:

LO1. Describe the concept of LAN segmentation using bridges, routers and switches and their benefits;
LO2. Development  of analytical and practical knowledge and skills for configuring and managing Internetworking devices in Wide Area Networks;
LO3. To understand the benefit of scaling IP addresses;
LO4. To understand common WAN implementation issues, and understand Network documentation, security and trouble shooting;
LO5. Work effectively in a small team to demonstrate a performance measurement in WANs and establish a network performance baseline;

Assessment strategy

There are Two main tests; CCNA 3 and CCNA4 each carrying 50% of the module. The length of each test will be 2-hours .  CCNA3 is designed to cover the LO1, 2 and 4.  CCNA4 covers LO3, 5 and 6.


1. Scaling Networks Course Booklet (Cisco Networking Academy), 1ST Ed, ISBN-10: 1587133245
2. Connecting Networks Course Booklet (Cisco Networking Academy),1ST Ed, ISBN-10: 158713330X