Course Title: Build and maintain a secure network

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: EEET6972C

Course Title: Build and maintain a secure network

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4298 - Certificate IV in Telecommunications Networks Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Eddie Vanda
Telephone: +613 9925 4456

Kenneth Falzon
Telephone: +613 9925 4716

Divya Anshu Bhardwaj
Telephone:+613 9925 4163

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to build a simple and secure wired local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN).

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement but users should confirm requirements with the relevant federal, state or territory authority.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTTEN2209A Build and maintain a secure network


1. Prepare to build a LAN or WAN

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Prepare for given work confirming site-specific occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental requirements with appropriate personnel
1.2. Identify safety hazards and implement risk control measures in consultation with appropriate personnel
1.3. Determine network design specification from job briefs or appropriate personnel
1.4. Determine network addressing scheme for network connectivity and confirm using calculations
1.5. Select and obtain network hardware according to established procedures
1.6. Obtain operating instructions, manuals, hardware and software testing methodologies
1.7. Consult appropriate personnel to ensure the task is coordinated effectively with others involved at the worksite


2. Build and verify a network

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Establish connections between network hardware according to manufacturer's specifications and established procedures
2.2. Verify network routing and switching to conform to network design specification
2.3. Set up, configure and share network resources between network devices


3. Monitor network performance and troubleshoot network

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Monitor network traffic and assess performance metrics against manufacturer's specifications and established procedures
3.2. Identify security threats and initiate control measures according to enterprise procedures
3.3. Troubleshoot network and internet connectivity according to manufacturer's specifications and enterprise procedures


4. Complete and document network build

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Restore work site to safe condition according to established safety procedures
4.2. Record and store network schematics and network addressing scheme
4.3. Notify appropriate personnel about the completion of the task
4.4. Notify customer and obtain sign off

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

You will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,practicals, online quizes, interaction with individuals and groups within the Telecommunications area. This competency is mapped to CCNA Exploration Unit 1 by the industry skills council. You will be offered training through Cisco Networking Academy Program for this competency.This training prepares you for the CCNA exam.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1:
Introduction to Course Outline and Assessment Criteria. Cisco Academy registration and login provided to students
Lecture: Living in a Network-centric World (Chapter 1)
Lab Session: O.H.S Explanation,Online explanation of Cisco module,  Online introduction to softwares like Wireshark, Packet Tracer, Hyper Terminal, Eagle Server.

Week 2:
Lecture: Communication over the Network. (Chapter 2)
First Lab: Using Google Earth to view the World (Activity1.1.1)
Second Lab: IPv4 Addressing Subnetting Part 1 (Activity6.7.3)

Week 3:
Lecture: Application Layer Functionality & Protocols(Chapter 3)
Third Lab: IPv4 Addressing Subnetting Part 2 (Activity6.7.4)
Fourth Lab: Using Wireshark to View Protocol Data Units (Lab2.6.2)
Quiz: Weekly online quiz on chapter 2

Week 4:
Lecture: OSI Transport Layer (Chapter 4)
Fifth Lab: Managing a Web Server (Lab3.4.2)
Sixth Lab: E-mail Services and Protocols (Lab3.4.3)
Quiz: Weekly online quiz on chapter 3

Week 5:
Lecture: OSI Transport Layer (Chapter 4)
Seventh Lab: Observing TCP and UDP using Netstat (Lab4.5.1)
Eighth Lab: TCP/IP Transport Layer Protocols, TCP and UDP (Lab4.5.2)
Ninth Lab: Application and Transport Layer Protocols Examination (Lab4.5.3)
Quiz: Weekly online catch up quiz on chapter 2 and chapter 3

Week 6:
Lecture: OSI Network Layer (Chapter 5)
Tenth Lab: Using NeoTrace to View Internetworks (Activity2.2.5)
Eleventh Lab: Topology Orientation and Building a Small Network (Lab 2.6.1)
Twelfth Lab: Data Stream Capture (Activity 3.4.1)
Quiz: Weekly online quiz on chapter 4

Week 7:
Lecture: Addressing the Network- IP V4 (Chapter 6)
Thirteenth Lab: How Many Networks (Lab 10.3.2)
Quiz: Weekly online quiz on chapter 5

Week 8:
Lecture: Addressing the Network- IP V4 (Chapter 6)
Fourteenth Lab: Examining a Device’s Gateway (Lab 5.5.1)
Quiz: Weekly online catch up quiz on chapter 4 and chapter 5

Week 9:
Lecture: OSI Data Link Layer (Chapter 7)
Fifteenth Lab: Examining a Route (Lab 5.5.2)
Quiz: Weekly online quiz on chapter 6

Week 10:
Lecture: OSI Data Link Layer (Chapter 7)
Sixteenth Lab: Cisco Switch MAC Table Examination (Lab 9.8.2)
Seventeenth Lab: Intermediary Device as an End Device (Lab 9.8.3)
Quiz: Weekly online quiz on chapter 7

Week 11:
Lecture: OSI Physical Layer(Chapter 8) 
Eighteenth Lab: Frame Examination (Lab 7.5.2)
Nineteenth Lab: Media Connectors Lab Activity (Lab 8.4.1)
Quiz: Weekly online catch up quiz on chapter 6 and chapter 7

Week 12:
Lecture: Ethernet (Chapter 9)
Twentieth Lab: Subnet and Router Configuration (Lab 6.7.5)
Quiz: Weekly online quiz on chapter 8

Week 13:
Lecture: Planning and Cabling Networks (Chapter 10)
Twenty First Lab: Basic Cisco Device Configuration (Lab 11.5.1)
Quiz: Weekly online quiz on chapter 9

Week 14:
Lecture: Configuring and Testing Your Network (Chapter 11)
Twenty Second Lab: Managing Device Configuration (Lab 11.5.2)
Quiz: Weekly online quiz on chapter 10

Week 15:
Lecture: Configuring and Testing Your Network (Chapter11)
Twenty Third Lab: Configure Host Computers for IP Networking
Quiz: Weekly online quiz on chapter 11

Week 16:
Lecture: Catchup Session for all the chapters
Practical Test 
Quiz: Weekly online catch up quiz on chapter 8, 9, 10, 11

Week 17-18:
Lecture: Summary of CCNA 1 Lectures
CCNA 1 Online Final Test


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources To access the learning material via this cisco website individual login account shall be given in the first week.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards.  Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks section of Course Guide Part B.

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following assessment tasks:

1. Weekly  Online Quizes
2. Practical Test - Week 16
3. Online Final Test- Week 17-18

All assessment tasks need to be successfully completed to demonstrate competence.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not yet Competent
DNS Did not Submit

Note: Your online quiz shall be graded online and you will be given feedback online.

Assessment Matrix


Assignment TaskElement
Weekly Online QuizesElement 1,2,3,4
Practical TestElement 1, 2,3,4
Online Final TestElement 1,2,3,4

Other Information

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails. 

Student Directed Hours

* In this course, minimum student directed hours are 14 in addition to 66 scheduled teaching hours.
* Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, individual
student-teacher course-related consultation and  test preparation . 

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