Course Title: Install and configure a single segment local area network switch

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: COSC5328C

Course Title: Install and configure a single segment local area network switch

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5194 - Diploma of Information Technology (General)

Course Contact : Radhu Punchanathan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99251409

Course Contact Email:radhu@rmit.edua.u


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Joyce Liang
joyce.liang@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 10

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

None

This course is co-delivered & co-assessed with three other courses:
COSC5318c Evaluate vendor products
COSC5354c Acquire system components
COSC5325c Determine maintenance strategy

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to select, install and test a single switch on one segment of a local area network (LAN).


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAI5173A Install and configure a single segment local area network switch

Element:

1. Determine specifications for switch

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Determine and document the topology of the LAN
1.2 Investigate and determine current and future network capacity according to current and future business requirements
1.3 Determine the number and type of switch required, with reference to current and future network requirements
1.4 Determine the requirements for network management and security, as prescribed by organisational policy

Element:

2. Select appropriate hardware

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select the switch and switch operating system software version with the appropriate features according to required specifications
2.2 Choose computers and consider what effect on traffic servers, routers and other network devices will have, when implemented according to network requirements

Element:

3. Install switch and supporting peripherals

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assemble and mount in rack for physical security and connect switch and peripherals, in accordance with manufacturer requirements
3.2 Connect switches
3.3 Connect user to access points using cable that meets the appropriate standard
3.4 Connect power to the switch, power it up and check operation

Element:

4. Configure switch

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Establish a valid network connection with other network devices
4.2 Configure a network address for the switch
4.3 Install and/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

Element:

5. Test and troubleshoot switch and network

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Test the switch and other network devices in accordance with manufacturer requirements and organisational guidelines
5.2 Ensure that there is connectivity across the network
5.3 Test SNMP by unplugging some machines from the switch or powering down a switch and observe whether the SNMP management software reports these events
5.4 Make adjustments to the network, depending on test and troubleshooting results


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include:

  • Teacher directed learning activities
  • Online study material
  • Hands-on Practicals
  • Group Discussions


Teaching Schedule

 

WeekWeek CommencingTopicsLearning activities/ Assessments/Elements
 14th July  2011Course Introduction
Introduction to Computers & applications
Orientation to Cisco online resources and registrationICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B
 211th July 2011Investigate vendors and products
Personal Computer Hardware, Operating Systems
Identify and prioritise business requirements
Research various vendors and products using web resources
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks
Determine HW specifications, Observing software and applications
Tasks 1 – 4 Handouts given
ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B
Chapter 1 Module test
 3 18th July 2011Compare vendor and products for quality and support
Connecting to the Network
Prepare a report on 3 vendors and their products
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks
Building Peer to peer networks

ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B
Chapter 2 Module test

 425th July 2011Document findings and make recommendation
Connecting to the Internet through ISP
Prepare a cost-benefit analysis of products
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks
Cables and connectors working with twisted pair cables

ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B

Chapter 3 Module test

 5 1st Aug 2011Network addressingDevelop a recommendation report on your recommended products
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks
IP address scheme development tasks

ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B

Chapter 4 Module test

 68th Aug 2011Network addressing continuedIP address scheme development tasksICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B
 715th Aug 2011Obtain client’s approval to your recommended products (Part A) Prepare a list of products for acquisition
Network Services
Finalise assignment Task 1
Research on component acquisition methods
IP address scheme development tasks

ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B
Chapter 5 Module test

 8 22nd Aug 2011Develop a list of required components with specifications and suppliers
Wireless Technologies
Research and develop a list of components and specification for assignment Task 1
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks Working with Network services

ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B
Chapter 6 Module test

 95th Sept 2011Identify client’s preferred acquisition policies
Evaluate acquisition methods and alternative for HW and SW
Basic Securities
Research on acquisition methods for Assignment Task 2, Obtain client (teacher’s) agreement for acquisition your method
Reading Cisco online contents and perform interactive tasks Working with wireless devices

ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B
Chapter 7 Module test

 1012th Sept 2011Identify risks to business continuity
Basic security
Develop Business Continuity plan as assignment Task 3
Employing basic security techniques
Task 1 & 2 – Part 1 DUE 
ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B 
 11 19th Sept 2011Review system topology and configuration
Troubleshooting your network
Discuss and identify various software for documenting configuration
Reading Cisco online contents
Apply troubleshooting techniques

ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B
Chapter 8 Module test

   Mid-Semester Break - 29th August to 2nd September
 1226th Sept 2011Identify critical components using Cisco switches
Determine clients maintenance requirements
Basic Switching
Research on switches critical components and maintenance requirements
Reading Cisco online contents
Set up basic switched network

ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B
Chapter 9 Module test

 133rd Oct 2011Service Level Agreement
Switch Configuration
Practice practicals
Develop service level agreement as a part of your assignment
Reading Cisco online contents
Switch protocol configuration
Task 3 & 4 – Part 1 - DUE 
ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B 
 1410th Oct 2011Task 4 – Part 4 (Practical Assessment)ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B
Practice Final
 1517th Oct 2011Task 4 – Part 4 (Practical Assessment)ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B
 1624th Oct 2011Task 1 to 4 – Part 3 - Final online Exams ICAA5150C
ICAS5104B
ICAI5087B
ICAI5173B

Students, who have been granted special consideration or are required to resubmit, will be able to submit/sit their assessment by arrangement with the class teacher in weeks 17 or 18.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

Networking for Home and Small Business 1587132095

1587132095

CCNA Discovery Learning Guide: Ciscopress.

9781587132094


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

 

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignment, practical demonstrations, online quizzes and a final exam. You will be asked to demonstrate your work to your teacher to ensure relevant competency standards are met. You will be provided feedback throughout the course.


Assessment Tasks

Task submitted - Theory presented as part of the case study givenCA/NYC - 30%


Chapter tests (ten) conducted on line, based on CISCO materials over the semester (refer weeks conducted in weekly break-down) - A supervised theory assessmentCA/NYC - 20%


Practical assessment – Week 14 & 15 -A supervised practical assessmentCA/NYC - 30%


Final online exam – week 16 - Theory exam Online/writtenCA/NYC - 20%


Assessment Matrix

COSC5328C Install and configure a single segment local area network switch (ICAI5173A)Task 1Task 2Task 3Task 4Chapter TestsPractical assessment
Element 1 – Determine specifications for switch----VV
Element 2 – Select appropriate hardware---VVV
Element 3 - Install switch and supporting peripherals----VV
Element 4 - Configure switch----VV
Element 5 - Test and troubleshoot switch and network----VV

Other Information

A minimum of one hour of online learning per week is requiredCompetency and grading requirements


Competency and grading requirements:

To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.
Students 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.

All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CA (Competency Achieved) grade.
Each assessment task will also carry a numerical weighting to be used for grading purposes. The grade applied to this weighting will only be awarded if a CA has been achieved in all compulsory assessment tasks.
If a student has been marked NYC (Not Yet Competent) in any of the assessment tasks, the weighting will carry no value until the student has obtained CA.
If a CA is achieved on re-assessment then a maximum mark of 50% of the original weighting will be granted for that assessment.
Reassessments will only be granted to students who were either unsuccessful in the first attempt or have an approved special consideration application.

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