Course Title: Install, configure and test a local area network switch

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: EEET6980C

Course Title: Install, configure and test a local area network switch

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4299 - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking

Course Contact: Geoff Moss

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4852

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Alex Buono
Phone: 9925 4475
Office: 51.07.01

Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to undertake local area network (LAN) switch installation and configuration as part of the upgrade in an existing network or the implementation of a new network.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTTEN5200A Install, configure and test a local area network switch


Complete documentation and cleanup worksite

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Prepare for installation in line with site specific safety requirements and enterprise occupational health and safety (OHS) processes and procedures

1.2. Notify customer to arrange access to site

1.3. Document the topology of the LAN

1.4. Obtain current and future network capacity predictions according to current and future business requirements from the appropriate person

1.5. Specify the number and type of switch required, with reference to future network requirements

1.6. Specify the requirements for network management and security, as prescribed by organisational policy

1.7. Select the switch and switch operating system software version with the appropriate features according to required specifications


Install and configure the network switch

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Assemble, rack mount and connect switch and peripherals according to manufacturer's requirements

2.2. Connect user to access points using cable that meets the appropriate standard

2.3. Establish a valid network connection with other network devices

2.4. Configure a network internet protocol (IP) address for the switch

2.5. Install or configure simple network management protocol (SNMP) agent software, on each switch, to collect network traffic data for the management information base (MIB) from that segment of the network and relay it to the management console

2.6. Install and configure SNMP management console software on a computer designated to be the network manager's main console, to collect network traffic data from the switch acting as agents

2.7. Manually configure the user access ports of the switch for speed and for full or half-duplex operation


Prepare to install the network switch

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Test the switch and other network devices according to manufacturer's requirements and organisational guidelines

3.2. Test to ensure that there is connectivity across the network

3.3. Modify the network to verify SNMP management software

3.4. Make adjustments to the network, depending on test and troubleshooting results


Test the network switch and reconfigure the network

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Tabulate test results and complete all user reports

4.2. Complete report and notify client of status of the network

4.3. Clean up and restore worksite to client's satisfaction

4.4. Secure sign off from appropriate person

Learning Outcomes

 Activities in this course aim to enhance your knowledge required to implement a local area network (LAN) switch installation and configuration as part of the upgrade in an existing network or the implementation of a new network. The Internet will be used as a learning tool and a resource for students to seek and locate relevant information.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit demonstrates the skills required for an entry-level network support position. It covers networking fundamentals, wide area network (WAN) technologies, basic security, routing and switching fundamentals, and configuring simple networks.

Weekly Chapter Tests

As part of of ongoing assessments you will need to complete a series of online quizzes located on the Cisco website. This will aid you in your overall studying and will help identify areas in need.

Teaching Schedule

WeekTopicPractical ActivitiesAssessments

Intro To Switched Networks

Initial Switch config

Switching Basics 

VLAN Security




Assignment 3
3Inter VLAN RoutingInter VLAN RoutingAssignment 3


SNMPAssignment 3


 Assignment 3
6  Assignment 3
7  Assignment 3
8  Assignment 3
9  Assignment 3
10  Assignment 3
11  Assignment 3
12  Assignment 3
13 Online Exam 2Assignment 3
14  Assignment 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment occurs throughout the program and includes learning and assessment activities conducted in the classroom, online and in the workplace giving you the opportunity to practice and be assessed on what you are learning in a work context. You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements, documentation, workplace activities, in class exercises, quizzes, practical problem solving exercises and presentations. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Assessment Tasks


You will be required, as part of a major assignment to design a network that will incorporate the following areas:

• Assemble and cable network according to a plan
• Establish a valid network connection with other devices
• Configure a static IP on a switch
• Install or configure SNMB on both a switch and a computer and collect traffic data for the MIB
• Modify the network to verify that SNMB is working
• Manually configure the switch to run in full and half duplex
• Test and reconfigure the network to ensure the network is operating correctly with full connectivity

This assignment will be apart of an overall major assignment incorporating the following courses:

Support Small Scale IT projects
Install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network
Install, configure and test a local area network switch
Determine and confirm client business requirements
Install and manage a server
Install and configure client-server applications and services
Deploy software to networked computers

An assignment brief will be handed out in class.

Online Exam

You will need to complete an online theory exam. This exam is done using the Cisco Networking Academy using the course Routing and Switching Essentials. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions. You will need to achieve at least a 70% pass to complete this exam.

Assessment Matrix

ElementAssignmentPractical TasksInclass/Work ObservationIn Class Testing
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