1 x 50-minute lecture weekly
1 x 50-minute laboratory weekly
2 x 110-minute on-line exercises weekly
2 x 110-minute project works weekly
1 Admission into BIT-Bachelor of Information Technology
1a Admission into BITH-Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
1b Admission into BITNCS-Bachelor of Information Technology (Network and Cybersecurity Systems)
1c Admission into BITNCSH-B Information Technology (Network and Cybersecurity Systems) (Honours)
1d Admission into BITDHSH-Bachelor of Information Technology (Digital Health Systems) (Honours)
1e Admission into BCSC-Bachelor of Computer Science
1f Admission into BCSCH-Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)
1g Admission into BENGSH-Bachelor of Engineering (Software) (Honours)
1h Admission into BENGCNSH-Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Systems) (Honours)
1i Admission into BITNCSOL-Bachelor of Information Technology (Network and Cybersecurity Systems)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i))
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR9002 has been successfully completed
Topic description
The topic covers the skills necessary to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. The curriculum covers networking fundamentals, WAN technologies, basic security and wireless concepts, routing and switching fundamentals, and configuring simple networks.

To complete this topic, students will complete the national training units linked to the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) industry qualification.
Educational aims
To provide the training and examination that will prepare the student for external examination to gain the first part of the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) industry qualification.
Expected learning outcomes
At completion of this topic students are expected to be able to:

  1. Understand and describe the devices and services used to support communications in data networks and the Internet
  2. Understand and describe the role of protocol layers in data networks
  3. Understand and describe the importance of addressing and naming schemes at various layers of data networks in IPv4 and IPv6 environments
  4. Design, calculate, and apply subnet masks and addresses to fulfill given requirements in IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  5. Explain fundamental Ethernet concepts such as media, services, and operations
  6. Build a simple Ethernet network using routers and switches
  7. Use Cisco command-line interface (CLI) commands to perform basic router and switch configurations
  8. Utilize common network utilities to verify small network operations and analyze data traffic
  9. Understand and describe basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches
  10. Understand and describe the purpose, nature, and operations of a router, routing tables, and the route lookup process
  11. Understand and describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and how routing occurs between them
  12. Understand and describe dynamic routing protocols, distance vector routing protocols, and link-state routing protocols
  13. Configure and troubleshoot static routing and default routing (RIP and RIPng)
  14. Configure and troubleshoot an Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) network
  15. Understand, configure, and troubleshoot access control lists (ACLs) for IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  16. Understand, configure, and troubleshoot Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  17. Understand, configure, and troubleshoot Network Address Translation (NAT) operations