Course Title: Design and implement Internetworking systems wireless LANs/WANs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: ISYS5679C

Course Title: Design and implement Internetworking systems wireless LANs/WANs

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6084 - 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

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.
Note: 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:

UEENEED023B Design and implement Internetworking systems wireless LANs/WANs


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.
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.
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

Details of Learning Activities

In this unit you will learn industry recognized skills in designing, implementing and managing a internetworking systems wireless LANs/WANs.
Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials,labs exercises, seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups within the wireless network area.
Classroom 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
Labs Exercises: You will do a number of lab exercises.
Seminar Presentation:
An industry guest speaker will brief about the current practice on industry.
Interaction with individuals and groups on Class Exercises:
You will do number of class exercises from Internet. This exercise will include interaction with individuals and groups.
Reflective Journal: You will perform the exercise and write it up in a reflective journal.
The reflective journal will be an Online Blog created by you in the myRMIT>Studies for this course.
A reflective lab journal is a means to reflect on your learning (and learning experiences) in different ways. They are used to:
• record the development of your ideas and insights and / or those of a group in a given context and can include concepts, ideas and main points from experience and theory
• reflect upon the subject content and personal experiences as a means to increase your understanding
• analyse your own learning in and for self development.
They are used to explore situations from a personal perspective, but generally within the context of learning from your experiences. They are used to reflect on, in and for action. Common questions arising from ’reflection’ are:
• What happened? (Reflecting on actions)
• Why did it happen? (Reflecting in actions)
• What can be learnt from this for future actions? (Reflecting for actions)
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 class as you perform the exercise, not at a later date
o Write ups not in the Blog will not be marked
o Write ups which are not done concurrently with the performance of the 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 reflective journal.
Any difficult or tricky points should be especially noted in the reflective journal for future reference.
The neatness, completeness and the presentation of the reflective 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.
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 be applied to you in this course.
You will be expected to:
• Observe all Occupational Health and Safety requirements
• 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.
• It is your personal responsibility to be aware of course requirements and timelines
• 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.
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.
• Thongs and sandals must not be worn in any lab.
Activities Outside of Class:
It is expected that students allocate at least 30% of course hours for reading, independent study, research, design, implementation, testing and problem solving activities.

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1
Course Outline, Assessment Criteria
Technology Overview, OH&S, How Wireless Network Works, Where to Setup a Wireless Network, Wireless Standards & Standardization Body

Wireless 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

Spread 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

WLANs 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 2: Collect information about LAN installation equipment and cost. (Handout provided)

Application 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.

Key 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.

Wireless Devices: Bridges, Routers, Access points, Network Interface cards
Design Brief

Submission of Assignment 2

Lab 4 Linksys wireless AP set up

WMANs 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

Equipment 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

Key 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

Different 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

Configuration 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

WLAN 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

Revision of LABs

Practical Test

Revision of Lectures

Catch up

Semester 2
Week19-20 Introduction to Course Outline and Assessment Criteria, Work team/group is arranged, maintaining reflective journal
Week21-23 OHS policies, processes and procedures for a given work area, Design brief for the advanced wireless LANs technologies is developed UEENEED023B 3.1- 3.2
Week24-27 Compliance the design solution with industry standard and alterations if rewired. Final internetworking system design is documented and approval obtained from person(s) UEENEED023B 3.3- 3.4
Week28-33 Knowledge of internetworking arrangements and protocols is applied to installing, configuring and testing advance wireless LANs technologies UEENEED023B 3.5- 3.6
Week14-35 Approaches 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%) UEENEED023B 3.7
Week36 Closed Book test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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:\C6084\ISYS5679C

Overview of Assessment

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.

Assessment Tasks

Semester 1
Assessment task 1: Assignment 1- Reflective Journal: 10%- Every Week within 48 hours of the class sessionto be submitted in myRMIT>Studies>Course Online Blog i.e. Reflective Journal
Assessment task 2: Assignment 2 -Collect information about LAN installation equipments and cost: 10% - Given Out- Week 4, Due on Week 8.
Assessment task 3 PracticalTest: Closed Book: 50%- Week 16 (depends on centralized exam date, please confirm from teacher)

Semester 2
Assessment task 4: Closed Book Test: 30%- Week 36 (depends on centralized exam date, please confirm from teacher)
All Assignments will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn. One studnt 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 using the following course grades-
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. (This grade is only to be used where the student’s attendance in the course has been ‘confirmed’ (but they have not participated in any form of assessment and did not withdraw by the census date.)


Assessment Matrix

Semester 1

Assessments Elements
Assignment 1 UEENEED023B 1-3
Assignment 2 UEENEED023B 1-3
Practical Test UEENEED023B 1-3

Semester 2

Assessments Elements
Closed Book Test


Other Information

For optimisation of training and assessment effort, competence development in this unit may be assessed concurrently with other units in a qualification.

For this competency, minimum student directed hours are 10in addition to 90 scheduled teaching hours.

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation, organised industrial visits and lab reports.

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge 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. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments 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. Assignments will go through Academic Integrity Check software TurnItIn.

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Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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