module specification

CT5004 - LAN & WAN (CCNA 3 & 4) (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
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
210 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 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Tuesday Afternoon

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

Syllabus

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,LO3,LO4,LO5,LO6

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 to demonstrate a performance measurement in WANs and establish a network performance baseline;

Assessment strategy

The module is assessed by a number of formative and summative assessments as detailed below:
Formative assessment 1: Pretest Exam, (LO1)
This exam will be given at week 2 and need to be submitted at week 4. The exam test student understanding of Routing and Switching concepts, design, secure communication, troubleshooting and configuration and to provide an early feedback mechanism for maximising student’s engagement within the module.
Formative assessment 2: End of chapter tests, (LO2 to LO5)
At the end each chapters there is a chapter test which examine the student knowledge for that specific subject.

Formative assessment 3: Final Theory Exam 1(LO2 to LO3)
This exam is to assess the theory aspect of the subjects that students learnt during the autumn semester.
Formative assessment 4: Final Theory Exam 2 (LO4 to LO6)
This exam is to assess the theory aspect of the subjects that students learnt during the spring semester
Summative Assessment_Component 001: CCNA 3 (50%), (LO2 to LO3)
The purpose of this practical exam is to assess students on various LAN protocols and concepts and predominantly to provide an early feedback mechanism for maximising student’s engagement with the module. Students are expected to configure an OSPF network topology. The mark with detailed feedback will be returned to all students upon completion of the exam.
Summative Assessment_Component 002: CCNA 4 (50%), (LO3 to LO6)
The purpose of this exam is to assess students on various WAN technologies, design, protocols and concepts.

As explained in assessment strategy there are 4 formative assessments and 2 summative assessments. The formative assessments are multiple choice and single or multiple answers but summative assessment are practical exams. All assessments are specially designed to provide an opportunity to monitor student’s progress in the modules as well as providing comprehensive feedback at the end of each test. The performances of the individual students are automatically compiled and available to the instructor to evaluate student’s performance in the module.
Comprehensive feedback is also given to every student after every formative assessments by the instructors.

Bibliography

Core Text:
The following course material are available on-line for registered students:
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
Other Texts:
1. Cisco Systems Inc., “Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 3 and 4 Companion Guide”, (3rd Ed.)
2. Cisco Systems Inc., “Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 3 and 4 Lab Companion”, (3rd Ed.)
Journals:
Websites:
Electronic Databases:
Social Media Sources:
1. Other: Cisco Systems Inc., “Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 1 and 2 Companion Guide”, (3rd Ed.)
2. Cisco Systems Inc., “Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 1 and 2 Lab Companion”, (3rd Ed.)