module specification

CT5004 - LAN & WAN (CCNA 3 & 4) (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
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 2019/20
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 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

Assessment strategy

The module is assessed by formative and summative assessments as below:

Formative Assessments

Diagnostic Test (LO1): This test is conducted by week 4 as a formative diagnostic test to see students’ 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.

End of chapter tests, (LO2 to LO5): At the end each chapter there is a chapter test which examines student knowledge for that specific subject.

CCNA3 Theory Exam (LO2 to LO3): This exam is to assess the theory aspect of the subjects that students learnt during the autumn semester.

CCNA4 Theory Exam (LO4 to LO6): This exam is to assess the theory aspect of the subjects that students learnt during the spring semester

Summative Assessments

CCNA3 Practical Exam (LO2 to LO3):
The purpose of this practical exam is to assess students on various LAN protocols and concepts. Students are expected to configure an OSPF network topology.

CCNA4 Practical Exam (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.

The marks with constructive feedbacks are returned to students inline with University’s guidelines on assessments and feedback.

Bibliography

Core Texts:
Module material is available online from www.netacad.com 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
http://catalogue.londonmet.ac.uk/record=b1677132~S1

Journals:
• IET networks
http://catalogue.londonmet.ac.uk/record=b1942231~S1
• IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
http://catalogue.londonmet.ac.uk/record=b1990581~S2
• ACM transactions on Internet technology http://catalogue.londonmet.ac.uk/record=b1929933~S2

Websites:
• Cisco Networking Academy: https://www.netacad.com/
• University Library website: https://student.londonmet.ac.uk/library/
• Subject guides and research support: https://student.londonmet.ac.uk/library/subject

Electronic Databases:
• IEEE Xplore / IET Digital Library (IEL):
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/home.jsp
• Wiley Online Library:
https://0-www-onlinelibrary-wiley-com.emu.londonmet.ac.uk/

Social Media Sources
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/

Other
Lynda: http://www.lynda.com/