Course Title: Set up and configure basic local area network

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: ISYS5681C

Course Title: Set up and configure basic local area network

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6084 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

George Listopad
PHONE: 99254441 FAX: (03) 99254377

Nominal Hours: 40

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

This course is to be undertaken in conjuction with ISYS5662C and ISYS5675C as part of the "Networking 1" cluster

Course Description

This unit covers setting up, configuring and maintaining operation of a basic local area network (LAN) of up to 20 connected devices. It encompasses safe working practices, installing network hardware, installing and configuring network software, establish user accounts, configure shared Internet connection and documenting set up parameters and LAN topology.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEED046B Set up and configure basic local area network


1 Prepare to set up and configure basic local area network.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS processes and procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood.
1.2 The extent of set-up and configuration work is determined from job specifications and in
consultation with appropriate person(s).
1.3 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is coordinated effectively with others involved on the work site.
1.4 Hardware and software needed for the work is obtained in accordance with established procedures and checked against job requirements.
1.5 Preparatory work is checked to ensure no damage has occurred and complies with requirements.


2 Set up, configure and maintain basic local area network.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Layout of network hardware, cabling and outlets is determined from job specifications or in consultation with appropriate person(s).
2.3 Hardware is installed in accordance with network requirements. (See Note 1)
2.4 Network software is in installed and configured in accordance with network requirements. (See Note 2)
2.5 Network operations are tested and anomalies identified and corrected.
2.6 Reported network failures and faults are responded to and appropriate tools and methods are used to
2.7 Identified causes of reported problems are rectified and network is tested in accordance with established procedures.
2.8 Unexpected situations are dealt with safely and with the approval of an authorised person.
2.9 Set-up configuration and maintenance are carried out efficiently without waste of materials or damage to apparatus and the surrounding environment or services and using sustainable energy practices.


3 Complete work and document activities.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OHS risk control work completion measures and procedures are followed.
3.2 Work site is cleaned and made safe in accordance with established procedures.
3.3 Network configuration and maintenance records are maintained in accordance with established procedures.
3.4 Service report is completed and forwarded to appropriate person(s) in accordance with established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

In this unit you will learn industry recognized setting up and managing Local Area Network s(LAN). The learning unit will place emphasis on LAN monitoring and troubleshooting techniques. After the successful completion of this unit, the learner is expected to administer and support Local Area Networks.
Classroom tutorial activities:

Lectures: to introduce the important concepts.

• Attending lectures will make it much easier for you to understand the central concepts of the course
• You will feel more comfortable and you will learn more if you read the relevant material before you attend the lectures

Tutorials: to enable you to ask questions and to clarify unresolved issues

• Review the material and prepare your questions before you come to class
• There will be an overview of course content with a focus on the material students find difficult
• If something is unclear or if you find yourself falling behind please ask for help immediately
• You may be given worksheets to complete during the tutorial

Practical exercises: to give you the hands on experience of implementing and troubleshooting networks

• In general there will be one practical exercise per week
• You will perform the exercise and write it up in a lab journal
• The lab journal will be a bound exercise book

o Loose leaf binders will not be accepted

• The write up will be a record of your actions as they are performed and your corresponding observations
• The write up must be performed in the lab as you perform the practical exercise, not at a later date

o Write ups not in the lab journal will not be marked
o Write ups which are not done concurrently with the performance of the practical exercise will not be marked

• In general the detail of the write up must be sufficient for you to be able to comfortably perform the practical exercise a year or more later directly from the lab journal
• Any difficult or tricky points should be especially noted in the lab journal for future reference
• Responses to worksheets for practical exercises must be written up in the lab journal
• The neatness, completeness and the presentation of the lab journal must be of a quality such that you would be prepared to show it to a future employer as an example of your work

Work simulated activities: you will progressively implement

a networking scenario as you would be expected to do in industry.

• You will be expected to work on a networking scenario progressively as you learn the material required for you to be able to do so.
• Leaving the work to a late stage and then rushing to complete it is bad industrial practice. It will be strongly discouraged and marked down heavily. You will be expected to meet progressive milestones in the completion of this activity.

Test and exams:
There will be weekly tests to assist your progress in the course

• You will be required to read and study at least one chapter of the course content per week
There will be an on-line final exam at the end of semester covering all topics

Occupational Health and Safety:
Conduct in lecture theatres, classrooms and laboratories will be of a standard required by OH&S legislation as applied to industry.

• You must behave in such a way as not to place the health and safety of yourself or anyone else at risk
• Covered shoes must be worn in all labs

o Thongs and sandals must not be worn in any lab

Preparation for the Work place:
All skills and knowledge in this course are oriented towards current industry practices and technologies. An essential industry expectation is that you are responsible for your behaviour and actions. When you are in employment you will be expected to attend work on time on a regular basis, perform you work on time to an accepted standard and be responsible for what you do. Industry will expect you to comprehend and follow both verbal and written instructions. All industry expectations will applied to you in this course. You will be expected to:

• Observe all Occupational Health and Safety requirements

o You must behave in such a way as not to place the health and safety of yourself or anyone else at risk

• Prepare for classes
• Attend all classes regularly and on time
• Use your class time in a productive and responsible way
• Finish your work on time to an accepted standard
• Pay attention to, comprehend and follow both verbal and written instructions.

o It is your personal responsibility to be aware of course requirements and timeliness
o Please ask if something is not clear

The Preparation for the Workplace component will be an essential part of the assessment for this course. It will be included in the assessment of the practical and work simulated activities.

Activities Outside of Class:
It is expected that students allocate at least 60% of course hours for reading, independent study, project research, design, implementation, testing and problem solving activities.

Teaching Schedule

This unit will be taught in conjunction with ISYS5662C

Semester 1
Week 1
Introduction to Course Outline and Assessment Criteria.
Lecture: Living in a Network-centric World
Lab 1.1: Using Collaboration Tools—IRC and IM
Lab 1.2: Using Collaboration Tools—Wikis and Web Logs
Lab 1.3: Using NeoTrace™ to View Internetworks
Week 2
Lecture: Communication over the Network
Lab 2.1: Topology Orientation and Building a Small Network
Lab 2.2: Using Wireshark™ to View Protocol Data Units
Week 3
Lecture: OSI Application Layer Functionality & Protocols
Lab 3.1: Managing a Web Server
Lab 3.2: E-mail Services and Protocols
Online Test CCNA1: Ch2
Week 4
Lecture: OSI Transport Layer Functionality & Protocols
Lab 4.1: Observing TCP and UDP using Netstat
Lab 4.2: TCP/IP Transport Layer Protocols, TCP and UDP
Lab 4.3: Application and Transport Layer Protocols Examination
Online Test CCNA1: Ch3
Week 5
Lecture: OSI Transport Layer Functionality & Protocols
Lab 5.1: Examining a Device’s Gateway
Lab 5.2: Examining a Route
Lab 5.3: Ping and Traceroute
Lab 5.4: Examining ICMP Packets
Make up Online Test: CCNA1: Ch2 & Ch3
Week 6
Lecture: OSI Network Layer
Online Test CCNA1:Ch4 
Week 7
Lecture: Addressing the Network- IP V4
Online Test CCNA1: Ch5
Lab Exam 1
Week 8
Lecture: Addressing the Network- IP V4
Lab Exam 1
Make up Online Test: CCNA1: Ch4 & Ch5
Week 9
Lecture: OSI Data Link Layer
Lab 6.1: IPv4 Address Subnetting Part 1
Lab 6.2: IPv4 Address Subnetting Part 2
Lab 6.3: Subnet and Router Configuration
Online Test CCNA1: Ch6
Week 10
Lecture: OSI Data Link Layer
Lab 7.1: Frame Examination
Lab 7.2: Media Connectors
Lab 7.3: Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
Week 11
Lecture: OSI Physical Layer
Lab 8.1: Cisco Switch MAC Table Examination
Lab 8.2: Intermediary Device as an End Device
Lab 8.3: How Many Networks?
Lab 8.4: Creating a Small Lab Topology
Online Test CCNA1: Ch7
Week 12
Lecture: Ethernet
Lab 9.1: Establishing a Console Session with HyperTerminal
Lab 9.2: Basic Cisco Device Configuration
Lab 9.3: Managing Device Configuration
Online Test CCNA1: Ch8
Week 13
Lecture: Planning and Cabling Networks
Lab 10.1: Configure Host Computers for IP Networking
Lab 10.2: Network Testing
Lab 10.3: Network Documentation with Utility Commands Online Test CCNA1: Ch9
Week 14
Lecture: Wireshark
Lab catch up, Make up Online Test: CCNA1: Ch 6-9
Week 15
Lecture: Configuring & Testing Network
Revision Lab
Online Test CCNA1: Ch10
Week 16
Lecture: Packet Tracer
Online Test CCNA1: Ch11
Lab Exam 2
Week 17
Lecture: Summary of CCNA 1 Lectures
CCNA 1 Final Test
Lab Exam 2
Week 18
Make Up Session

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Dye, M et al 2007, Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide, Pearson Education Australia
Graziani, R & Johnson, A 2007, Routing Protocols and Concepts, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide, Pearson Education Australia


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Laboratory Exercises
Practical Test
Written Test

Assessment Tasks

• Laboratory Journal (10%)
• Semester 1
Laboratory Exam 1(20%)
Laboratory Exam 2 (20%)
Cisco Online Chapter Exams (10%)
Final Exam (40%)

Assessment Matrix

Course Overview: Access Course Overview