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CSC8527 Scaling and Connecting Networks

Semester 2, 2021 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
Version produced : 14 April 2021

Staffing

Examiner: David Lai

Requisites

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.

Rationale

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.

Synopsis

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.

Objectives

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

  1. Understand switching basics;
  2. Design, implement and maintain virtual LANs using routers and switches;
  3. Understand wireless LAN technologies and configure a wireless access point;
  4. Understand basic WAN technology concepts;
  5. Understand and implement enterprise security;
  6. Understand routing and provide IP addressing services;
  7. Evaluate, select and implement a corporate LAN;
  8. Describe and select the appropriate WAN technologies for connecting corporate LANs;
  9. Analyse the network performance and troubleshoot LAN connections.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. LAN design (Objective 1, 2, 3 and 7) 10.00
2. Switching and Virtual LAN (VLAN) (Objective 1, 2 and 3) 15.00
3. Wireless LAN technologies and security (Objective 2 and 3) 15.00
4. Dynamic routing protocols (Objective 1, 2 and 6) 20.00
5. WAN technologies (Objective 4 and 8) 10.00
6. Security issues (Objective 5) 20.00
7. Cloud and network automation (Objective 2 and 8) 10.00

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). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=02&subject1=CSC8527)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Cisco Networking Academy 2020, Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation Companion Guide (CCNAv7), 1st edn, Pearson Higher Ed, USA.
(ISBN-10: 0-13-663432-X ISBN-13: 978-0-13-663432-4 eBook also available.)
Cisco Networking Academy 2020, Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials Companion Guide (CCNAv7), 1st edn, Pearson Education Heg, USA.
(ISBN-10: 0-13-672935-5 ISBN-13: 978-0-13-672935-8 eBook also available.)

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.
Cisco Networking Academy 2017, Connecting Networks v6 Companion Guide, 1st edn, Pearson Higher Ed, 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.)
Cisco Networking Academy 2017, Scaling Networks v6 Companion Guide, 1st edn, Cisco Press, 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.)

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 16 Aug 2021
Assignment 2 100 25 20 Sep 2021
2hr Restricted Exam 100 50 End S2 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. Examination dates will be available during the semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published

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 http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4).

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items 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 http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (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:
    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:
    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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL)

  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 14 April 2021