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Network Design and Implementation (ICT291)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit aims to extend a student's introductory data-communications knowledge to include technologies associated with enterprise networks such as redundancy, dynamic routing and access-control-list based security. There is a particular focus on LAN design and Ethernet switching concepts. These are explored at an advanced level. Laboratories begin with an introduction to the Cisco IOS operating system and focus on the practical implementation of network designs using commercial networking equipment and simulators.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. Have a broad understanding of the components that make up a large scale network.
2. Configure network devices using the Cisco IOS command line.
3. Understand the hierarchical network design model and the role of the three layers.
4. Be able to apply a network design model as a basis for implementing an enterprise network.
5. Be capable of using VLSM (Variable Length Subnet Mask) to create intelligent IP addressing structures.
6. Be capable of designing and implementing security based on Access Control Lists (ACL).
7. Be able to identify the characteristics of different routing protocols and configure both in an IOS environment.
8. Have a detailed understanding of Ethernet related protocols and switching technologies.
9. Be proficient in the use of GNS3 network emulation software.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; laboratories: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to deliver the theoretical and design aspects of data communications with a combination of self-directed learning, online curriculum, and two hours per week of lecture. The two hour laboratory sessions apply the theory through a combination of structured configuration exercises and problem based scenarios.
A group case study provides the opportunity to design and implement a larger scale network that uses the individual techniques and technologies covered in lab sessions. This provides context for the learning and highlights issues that arise when different technologies are used in combination. The exercise also highlights the need for planning and structured design.
Assessment An individual practical exam, requiring students configure real or simulated equipment, is used to assess the applied elements of this unit. An LMS based final exam consisting of written, short-answer and multiple choice questions is used to assess the theory components. The same elements of student learning are also assessed in a group context via a case study. Groups of 3-4 students are required to design, implement, test and document a more complex network in a team environment that reflects industry practice.
Assessment breakdown:
Practical Exam - 25%
Group Case Study - 25%
Final Exam - 50%
Feedback includes formal written feedback and a variety of tools which students can use to self-assess their progress. Typically these include online chapter-tests and sample final exams.
Prerequisites ICT169 Foundations of Data Communication OR ICT103 Introduction to Data Communications.
Exclusions ICT363 Network Switching.
Notes If you have been exempted from ICT169 or ICT103 on the basis of prior studies (EG TAFE) it is very important that you:
* Are familiar with the OSI model for data-communications.
* Are familiar with the operation of the Internet Protocol (IP) and Ethernet technologies.
* Understand the role of IP addresses, subnet masks and default gateways.
* Are able perform basic IP version 4 subnetting.
* Are familiar with the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).
The greatest challenge for students taking ICT291 without adequate prerequisites, will be to catch up on the IP subnetting. If you feel that that your prior studies did not adequately cover the prerequisites, it is strongly recommended that you discuss the matter with the unit coordinator or your Academic Chair. Ideally you will take the unit ICT169 Introduction to Data Communications prior to enrolling in ICT291.
In combination with ICT169, IC291 aims to meet the learning requirements needed to sit the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) industry certification exam. ICT291 is also aligned with many of the exam topics found in the CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) SWITCH industry certification exam.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Internetworking and Network Security (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Network Design
Network Security
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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