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 of ENGR2871, ENGR9002
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR2872 has been successfully completed
Examinations, Research report
Topic description

The topic covers the skills necessary to understand the architecture, components, WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers, switches and other network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement a WLAN and VPN in a small-to-medium network and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

They will also need to be able to develop a solution and justify a design and implementation decision, and technology selection based upon enterprise needs.

To complete this topic, students will need to complete the national training units linked to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. The optional CCNA examination can be undertaken at an approved Australian testing centre.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide a strong networking foundation for those aiming to enter specialised network careers
  • Provide the training and that will prepare the student for the external examination to gain the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) industry certification
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand, configure and troubleshoot enhanced switching technologies such as VLANs, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Plus Protocol (PVST+), and EtherChannel
  2. Understand, configure, and troubleshoot first hop redundancy protocols (HSRP) in a switched network
  3. Understand, configure, and troubleshoot wireless routers, wireless clients, serial and broadband connections, tunnelling operations and Network Address Translation (NAT) operations
  4. Configure and troubleshoot routers in a complex routed IPv4 or IPv6 network using single-area OSPF, multiarea OSPF, and Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
  5. Manage Cisco IOS Software licensing and configuration files
  6. Understand and describe different WAN technologies and their benefits
  7. Understand and describe the operations and benefits of virtual private networks (VPNs) and tunnelling
  8. Monitor and troubleshoot network operations using syslog, SNMP, and NetFlow
  9. Understand and describe network architectures including:
  10. Borderless networks
  11. Data centres and virtualization
  12. Collaboration technology and solutions
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of the research principles and methods applicable to the selection, configuration and management of computer networks