Course Title: Identify best-fit topology for a wide area network

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: COSC6077C

Course Title: Identify best-fit topology for a wide area network

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.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 20

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 co-delivered and co-assessed holistically along with: COSC 6076C – Install and Configure Router [ICAI5176C]

Course Description

This course defines the competency required to identify the best way computers and local area networks (LANs) can be connected to make a wide area network (WAN).

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onwards your teacher will advise you if you require access to a computer for the course. It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAA5145B Identify best-fit topology for a wide area network

Element:

1. Identify WAN needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Identify the different local area network (LAN)/wireless local area network (WLAN) or virtual private network (VPN) segments of the proposed wide area network (WAN)
1.2. Determine segment needs using functional analysis
1.3. Estimate traffic content and volumes according to expected organisational usage, by examining telecommunications infrastructure
1.4. Develop an organisational WAN functional matrix

Element:

2. Create WAN specification

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Determine resource requirements for each LAN/WLAN or VPN segment on the basis of functional analysis
2.2. Consider and report how features of the physical environment affect WAN design
2.3. Choose a WAN service appropriate to the amount and type of traffic expected to access the WAN
2.4. Include redundant links in the proposed WAN connectivity for link back-up purposes, in case the main link is disrupted


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.


We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.
 


Teaching Schedule

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
WeekWeek CommencingTopicsAssessment

Competencies Delivered

025th JunePre-training review:
• RPL
• LLN as required

Familiarisation with:
• Program
• Services/facilities
• Other students
• Teacher(s)
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Pre-reading
• Blackboard

Overview of assessment requirements:
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy


Topic 1 - The Internet and Its Uses
 

Class ActivityICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
 
12nd JulyTopic 2 - Help DeskClass ActivityICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
29th JulyTopic 3 - Planning Network UpgradeClass ActivityICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
316th JulyTopic 4 - Planning the Addressing StructureClass ActivityICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
423rd JulyAssessment 1 in LabsAssessment 1ICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
530th JulyStudent Study Week  
66th AugustTopic 5 - Configuring Network DevicesClass ActivityICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
713th AugustTopic 6 - RoutingClass ActivityICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
820th AugustTopic 7 - ISP ServicesClass ActivityICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
 27th AugustMid Semester Break (27th to 31st August) 
93rd SeptemberRevision ICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
1010th SeptemberAssessment 2 in LabsAssessment 2ICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
1117th SeptemberTopic 8 - ISP ResponsibilityClass ActivityICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
1224th SeptemberTopic 9 - TroubleshootingClass ActivityICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
131st OctoberRevision ICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
148th OctoberAssessment 3 in LabsAssessment 3ICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
1515th OctoberAssessment 3 in LabsAssessment 3ICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
1622nd OctoberFeedback ICAI5176C
ICAA5145B
1729th OctoberResubmits ICAI5176C
ICAA5145B


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

Cisco Networking Academy Program Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP, CCNA Discovery Learning Guide by Allan Reid & Jim Lorenz Publisher: Cisco Press ISBN-10: 1587132109 ISBN-13: 9781587132100


Other Resources

Other materials will include worksheets distributed by the teacher in class and various websites which will be indicated.


Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent.

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example:
• direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
• review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
• demonstration of techniques


Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete 3 Assessments. You must successfully complete all 3 assessments to be deemed competent in this unit.

Assessment 1: (Week4)
In this assessment you will need to submit answers to questions from class activities via the learning hub.

Assessment 2: (Week10)
The two activities that you need to do as part of assessment 2 are:
• Multiple-choice question test.
• Configuring networks using Packet Tracer

Assessment 3: (Week14 and 15)
The two activities that you need to do as part of assessment 3 are:
• Multiple-choice question test.
• Configuring and troubleshooting networks using Packet Tracer / routers and switches
 


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements:

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard.

You should:
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.


Marking Guide (Competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT).

So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.



Marking Guide (Grading):

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:

1. LEVEL OF INDEPENDENCE, INITIATIVE, ENTERPRISE AND PERFORMANCE OF WORK TASK 

We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to install and configure a router to a basic level.

2. DEMONSTRATED BREADTH OF UNDERPINNING KNOWLEDGE AND A WILLINGNESS TO CONTINUE LEARNING 

We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required to install and configure a router to a basic level. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all applicable approach to install and configure a router in all the assessment tasks.

3. TECHNIQUES & PROCESSES, TECHNOLOGY SKILLS AND PROBLEM SOLVING 

We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in managing to install router and how these might be addressed.

4. WORK ORGANISATION, PLANNING AND SELF MANAGEMENT 

We expect to see ongoing uploading of information into Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.

5. COMMUNICATION, PEOPLE NETWORKING, LANGUAGE AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND TEAMWORK 

We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled Collaborate sessions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of installing routers.


Final Grades Table:

CHD   Competent with High Distinction
CDI     Competent with Distinction
CC      Competent with Credit
CAG    Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC    Not Yet Competent
DNS    Did Not Submit for assessment

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

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