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CSC3427 Switching, Wireless and WAN Technologies

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Switching, Wireles & WAN Techn
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020113 - Networks and Communications
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 19 September 2020


Examiner: David Lai


Pre-requisite: CSC3407 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or GCEN or METC or MCOT or MCTE or MCOP or MPIT

Other requisites

Students who do not meet the pre-requisite requirements must obtain approval of the examiner and the program coordinator to be enrolled in this course.
Students who have enrolled in or completed CSC8527 Scaling and Connecting Networks cannot enrol in this course.


Switches and routers are the basic hardware components of local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs). Furthermore, LANs are inter-connected by WANs which use different technologies from the LANs. An understanding of the basic concepts and operations for switches, routers and WAN technologies is a pre-requisite for all network professionals. This course focuses on basic concepts of switches and virtual LANs; wireless LANs; wireless routers; and various WAN technologies including Frame Relay and enterprise network security. This course covers the second part of the contents for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (Teach by Technology strand): Switched Networks and Connecting Networks modules offered by the Cisco Networking Academy Program.


This course introduces virtual LANs as a tool to provide segmentation, flexibility and security of LANs. Link redundancy and aggregation are introduced to enhance the robustness of LANs. Network Address Translation is discussed as a method to conserve Internet Protocol Version 4 (ipv4) network address space. It also focuses on WAN technologies which span large geographic areas. After completion of this course, the students will be able to describe and select appropriate WAN technologies; handle switches; routers and wireless routers with confidence.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand and compare ACS Code of Professional Conduct with current moral theories and ethics for professionals;
  2. Design, implement and maintain LANs using switches;
  3. Apply Virtual LANS and layer 3 switching to corporate networks;
  4. Analyse and apply different dynamic routing protocols to networks;
  5. Explain the differences of technologies between a WAN and a LAN;
  6. Compare and apply security measures to a network;
  7. Explain cloud computing and virtualization for evolving networks.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Ethics for the IT professional 5.00
2. Design and technologies of LANs 10.00
3. Layer 3 switching and Virtual LANs (VLANs) 10.00
4. Dynamic routing protocols 30.00
5. Technologies of WANs 20.00
6. Network security 20.00
7. Clod computing and virtualization 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Connecting Networks v6 Companion Guide, 2017, Cisco Press, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
ISBN-10: 1-58713-432-2; ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-432-6
eBook also available: ISBN-10: 0-13-476088-3,; ISBN-13: 978-0-13-476088-9.
Scaling Networks v6 Companion Guide, 2017, Cisco Press, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
ISBN-10: 1-58713-434-9; ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-434-0
eBook also available: ISBN-10: 0-13-476089-1; ISBN-13: 978-0-13-476089-6.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Allan, J 2014, Scaling networks companion guide, Cisco Press, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
((ISBN-10: 1-58713-328-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-328-2.).)
Graziani, R and Vachon, B 2014, Connecting networks companion guide, Cisco Press, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
((ISBN-10: 1-58713-332-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-332-9.).)

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Examinations 2.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 39.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 65.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 25 14 Aug 2020
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 25 18 Sep 2020
ONLINE EXAMINATION 100 50 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an open examination. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4).

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    Candidates are only allowed to access specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    i. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    ii. calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. 1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. 2. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. 3. This course will NOT accept hardcopy submission of assignments unless expressly requested by the course examiner This course will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  4. 4. This course will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  5. 5. The referencing system to be used in this course is supported by the School. Information on this referencing system and advice on how to use it can be found in the course materials.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to the Internet and an e-mail system.

  2. Students must check the course website on a weekly basis during the teaching semester.

Date printed 19 September 2020