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CSC8527 Scaling and Connecting Networks

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Scaling and Connecting Network
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


Examiner: David Lai


Pre-requisite: CSC3407 or CSC8507 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTI or GCSC or MCTN or MCOP

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 CSC3427 Switching, Wireless and WAN Technologies cannot enrol in this course.
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Switches and routers are the basic hardware components of local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN). Furthermore, LANs are inter-connected by WANs which use different technologies from 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. Design of a LAN, selection of the right WAN technology for connecting networks and troubleshooting a LAN is also an important part of the course. This course covers most of the contents of CISCO Network Academy Program, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Exploration courses, LAN Switching and Wireless, and Accessing the WAN.


This course introduces virtual LAN as a tool to provide segmentation, flexibility and security of local area networks. Access control lists are introduced as a measure for enterprise network security. 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 spans large geographic areas. After completion of this course, the students will be able to design and implement LANs; describe and select appropriate WAN technologies; relate design and technologies to the performance of networks, handle switches; routers and wireless routers with confidence and troubleshoot networks.


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

  1. Understand switching basics;
  2. Design, implement and maintain virtual LANs using switches;
  3. Understand wireless LAN technologies and configure a wireless access point;
  4. Understand basic WAN technology concepts;
  5. Understand and configure a Frame Relay enabled router;
  6. Understand and implement enterprise security including access control lists for routers;
  7. Understand and provide IP addressing services such as Network Address Translation and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol.
  8. Evaluate, select and implement a corporate LAN.
  9. Describe and select the appropriate WAN technologies for connecting corporate LANs.
  10. Analyse the network performance and troubleshoot LAN connections.


Description Weighting(%)
1. LAN design 10.00
2. Switching basics 10.00
3. Virtual LAN (VLAN) and VLAN Trunking Protocol 15.00
4. Wireless LAN technologies and security 15.00
5. Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) 10.00
6. WAN technologies and Frame Relay 10.00
7. Enterprise network security 10.00
8. IP addressing services (NAT and DHCP) 20.00

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). (

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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 & 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 Exam 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 (including course Web pages) 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:
    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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

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

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

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. The SISCO certificate training is only available in the ONC mode. Students who seek the certificate should enrol in ONC mode and be able to attend compulsory weekly workshops at Toowoomba Campus.

Date printed 6 November 2020