Course Title: Design and implement wireless LANs/WANs for internetworking systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: COSC6159C

Course Title: Design and implement wireless LANs/WANs for internetworking systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6121 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mohammad Hassan
Phone: 99254700

Nominal Hours: 100

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 competency standard unit covers the design, implementation and performance monitoring of internetworking systems. It encompasses safe working practice, evaluating customer requirements, applying sound design principles, complying with regulation and standards, incorporation and advanced wireless LANs technologies and documentation of design and performance monitoring.
This unit applies to all aspects of Electrotechnology - engineering applications only. For general competencies related Information Technologies refer to the latest endorsed IT Training Package.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEED123A Design and implement wireless LANs/WANs for internetworking systems


1. Prepare to design internetworking systems.


2. Design internetworking systems.


3. Implement internetworking systems.


1 Prepare to design internetworking systems.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS processes and procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures in preparation for the work are followed.
1.3 Design brief for the advanced wireless LANs technologies is developed and documented in consultations with person(s) of higher authority.
1.4 Work team/group is arranged of appropriately competent persons in accordance with skills required to meet work outcomes and organisation’s established procedures.
1.5 Activities are planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved on the work.
1.6 Strategies are implemented to ensure network development is carried out efficiently.


2 Design internetworking systems.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Internetworking system is designed to comply with design brief and consideration of economical and appropriately effective design solutions.
2.2 Advanced wireless LANs technologies are included in the internetworking system design. (See Note 1)
2.3 Internetworking system design includes specification of required media that is compliant with industry standards.
2.4 Internetworking system design is documented in accordance with organisation’s policies and procedures.
2.5 Internetworking system design is presented and discussed with person(s) of higher authority.
2.6 Alterations to the internetworking system design resulting from the presentation/discussion are negotiated with person(s) of higher authority within the constraints of organisation’s policy.
2.7 Final internetworking system design is documented and approval obtained from person(s) of higher authority.


3 Implement internetworking systems.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Activities are planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved on the work.
3.2 Appropriate development tools and software are selected based on specified requirements and performance standard.
3.3 Knowledge of internetworking arrangements and protocols is applied to installing, configuring and testing advance wireless LANs technologies.
3.4 System malfunctions and performance issues are identified during testing and rectified using logical techniques drawing knowledge of internetworking arrangements and protocol. (See Note 2)
3.5 Approaches to issues/problems are analysed to provide most effective solutions.
3.6 Quality of work is monitored against personal performance agreement and/or established organizational or professional standards.
3.7 Final internetworking system design and implementation are documented in accordance organisation’s established procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will involve in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.
• Tutorial
• Practicals

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base


EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.


Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency UEENEEE101A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

WeekTopics DeliveredElements/Performance Criteria
1Course Outline, Assessment Criteria
Technology Overview, OH&S, How Wireless Network Works, Where to Setup a Wireless Network, Wireless Standards & Standardization Body
Reflective journal
Every Week within 48 hours of the class session to be submitted in myRMIT>Studies>Course Online Blog i.e. Reflective Journal
2Wireless Radio Technologies, Radio Frequency Fundamentals
Radio Frequency Characteristics: Wavelength, Amplitude, Frequency, Phase, Polarity, Keying Methods
Basic concepts of RF Behaviour: Wave Propagation, Absorption, Reflection, Loss (Attenuation), Interference, Crosstalk
Basic components of RF mathematics: Watt, Milliwatt (mW), Decibel (dB), dBi, dBd, dBm
Antennas: Omni-directional, Semi-directional & Highly-directional Antenna
OH&S Risk Control
3Spread Spectrum
Different uses for spread spectrum technologies.
Various types of spread spectrum and differences between them.
Frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS).
Direct-sequence spread spectrum (DSSS).
Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM).
Concepts relevant to the operation of spread spectrum technology.
Frequency Interference
Consultations with authority
Lab 1 dB Calculation
4WLANs standards and standardization body: 802.11
Different 802.11 standards, its variances
Network Architecture of different 802.11 standards.
Operating frequency, data rate and range of different 802.11 standards.
Equipment used for different 802.11 standards.
Making Team
Assignment 1 -Collect information about LAN installation equipment and cost: 10% - Given Out- Week 4, Due on Week 8.
5Application design and Site Survey preparation
Importance of an RF site survey.
Important things in performing a site survey.
Necessary tasks of an RF site survey.
RF site survey reporting procedures
Scheduling timeline
Lab 2: Identify RF site survey requirements.
6Key Features of Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs)
Interference, Reliability, Bandwidth, Throughput, Security, Human safety, Mobility, Roaming
Wireless Topologies: Service Sets.
Strategies for Development
Lab 3: Perform RF site survey
7-8Wireless Devices: Bridges, Routers, Access points, Network Interface cards
Design Brief
Submission of Assignment 1
Lab 4 Linksys wireless AP set up
9WMANs standards and their properties: 802.16
Planning of different 802.16 standards.
Working frequency, data rate and range of different 802.16 standards.
Advanced wireless technologies
10Equipment used for different 802.16 standards
Key features of Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks (WMANs)
Structural design of WMANs.
Single Base Station (BS)
Multiple fixed Subscriber Stations (SS)
Specifications of the wireless project
11Key issues usually related with WMANs
Data Rate, Range, Line-of-Sight, Throughput, Quality of Service (QoS)
Applications of WMANs.
Fixed vs. Mobile characteristics in WMANs.
Spectral efficiency of WMANs
Documentation of design
Lab 5 Configuring Aironet 1252 Basic AP Settings
12Different WWANs standards and their properties: 802.20
Planning of different 802.20 standards.
Applications of various WWANs standards. Key features of Wireless Wide Area Networks (WWANs)
Presentation of design
Lab 6 Configure an AP as a Repeater
13Configuration and setup of WLANs
WLANs based on RF site survey.
Configuration requirements to setup WLANs.
Configure a WLAN.
Emerging technologies: Wireless Controller
Alterations to design
Lab 7 Configuring Wireless Adhoc Network
14WLAN Security: 802.11 authentication and encryption methods
Strengths, weaknesses and appropriate uses of the WLAN security techniques.
Types of wireless LAN security attacks, and how to identify and prevent them.
Appropriate security solution from the available wireless LAN security solutions.
Uses of the corporate security policies and how they are used to secure a wireless LAN.
How and where the security precautions are used to secure a WLAN.
Approval of the design
Lab 8 Configuring Basic Wireless Security
15Revision of LABs 
16Practical Test 11.1-1.6, 2.1-2.7
17Revision of Lectures 
18Catch up 
19-20Work team/group is arranged, maintaining reflective journal 
21-23OHS policies, processes and procedures for a given work area, Design brief for the advanced wireless LANs technologies is developed3.1-3.2
24-27Compliance the design solution with industry standard and alterations if rewired. Final internetworking system design is documented and approval obtained from person(s)3.3-3.4
28-33Knowledge of internetworking arrangements and protocols is applied to installing, configuring and testing advance wireless LANs technologies3.5- 3.6
34-35Approaches to issues/problems are analysed to provide most effective solutions. Final internetworking system design and implementation are documented in accordance organisation’s established procedures, maintaining reflective journal (30%)1.1-1.6, 2.1-2.7, 3.1-3.7
36Closed Book Test

1.1-1.6, 2.1-2.7, 3.1-3.7

• Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 25 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

CWNA Guide to Wireless LANs, 3rd Edition, Mark Ciampa



CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide: Exam PW0-104, 1st Edition
David D. Coleman, David A. Westcott , ISBN: 978-0-470-43890-9

Other Resources

Resource materials will be available on S:\C6121\COSC6159C & myRMIT>Studies>COSC6159C

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. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. 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:

Assessment 1: Reflective Journal
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

Assessment 2: Online Quizzes
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

Assessment 3: Lab Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

Assessment 4: Online Final Exam
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Elements/Performance CriteriaReflective JournalOnline TestsLab ExercisesPractical Test
1.3 xxx
2.2 x x
2.3 x x
2.4xx x
2.5xx x
2.6xx x
3.3 x  


Assessment Tasks

  • Reflective Journal, 18% - Starting from Week 1
  • Online Tests, 42%- Starting from Week 3
  • Lab Exercises, 10 % -Week 17
  • Practical Test, 30%- Week 35

All Assignments will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn. One student of a group will have account created for this software and must submit the group report by 5 pm on Due Week through TurnItIn. Please also refer to the marking guide for more detail information about all assessments.
This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:
80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs UEENEED123A Elements & Performance Criteria

 UEENEED123A Elements & Performance Criteria
Reflective Journalxx xxxx  xxxxxx xxxx
Online Testsxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Lab Exercisesxxxxxxx             
Practical Testxxxxxxxxxxxx        

 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Reflective Journal  XXX XXXXXXXXXX
Online Tests
Lab ExercisesXXXXXX X      X 
Practical Test
 x   xX xXXx
All Assessments


0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:
• Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• Maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development

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Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

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Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete 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. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than seven calendar days (from the original due date), you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) 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:

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