1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour laboratory weekly
2 x 2-hour on-line exercises weekly
2 x 2-hour project works weekly
1 Admission into MITNCS-Master of Information Technology (Network and Cybersecurity Systems)
1a Admission into MSCCS-Master of Science (Computer Science)
1b Admission into MCS-Master of Computer Science
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR2871 has been successfully completed
Course context

To complete this topic, students will complete the national training units linked to the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) industry certification. The optional CCENT examination can be undertaken at an approved Australian testing centre.

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.

Students will also need to be able to justify a design and implementation decision and technology selection based upon enterprise needs.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide a strong networking foundation for those aiming to enter specialised network careers
  • Provide the training that will prepare the student for external examination to gain the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) industry certification
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be 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. Utilise common network utilities to verify small network operations and analyse 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
  18. Demonstrate knowledge of the research principles and methods applicable to the design, architecture and management of computer networks
  19. Demonstrate an ability to develop industry appropriate solutions to a defined problem statement