Course Title: Set up and configure basic local area network

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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

Sanket Kakkad
PHONE: 99254381

Noor Sateh

Phone: 9925 4031

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.
Prepare to set up and configure basic local area network.
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 skills in designing, implementing and managing Local Area Network (LAN), Wide area Network. The learning units will 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 

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 Introduction to Course Outline and Assessment Criteria.

Lecture: Living in a Network-centric World
Lecture: Communication over the Network
Lab Activity 1 Application of network and view networks

week 2 Lecture: OSI Application Layer Functionality & Protocols
Lab Activity 2 IP version 4 addressing

Week 3 Lecture: OSI Transport Layer Functionality & Protocols
Lab Activity 3 Building a small network and introducing protocol data units using Wireshark

Week 4 Lecture: OSI Network Layer
Lab Activity 4 Managing servers

Week 5 Lecture: Addressing the Network- IP V4
Lab Activity 5 Application and Transport layer Protocols
Week 6 Lecture: OSI Data Link Layer
Lab Activity 6 Examining devices gateway and Route
Lab Activity 7 Working with cisco devices

Week 7 Lecture: OSI Physical Layer
Lecture: Ethernet
Lab Activity 7 Make Ethernet Cable

Week 8 Lecture: Planning and Cabling Networks
Lecture: Wireshark
Revision Lab
Week 9 Lecture: Configuring & Testing Network
Lab Exam 1
Week 10 Lecture: Introduction to Routing & Packet Forwarding
Lecture: Static Routing
Lab Activity 1: Physical examination of router hardware, interfaces and cabling
Lab Activity 2: Sub netting Scenario 1-3
Week 11 Lecture: Introduction to Dynamic Routing Protocols
Lecture: Distance Vector Routing Protocols
Lab Activity 3: Subnet an IP address and assign correct IP address to a host computer using Packet Tracer
Week 12 Lecture: RIP v1
Lecture: VLSM & CIDR
Lab Activity 4: Basic Router Configuration (Physically configuring Router Passwords, Different Interfaces with Interface Description, MOTD. Ping Host to Router)
Week 13 Lecture: RIP v2
Lecture: Routing Table-A Closer Look
Week 14 Lab Activity 5: Basic Static Route Configuration
Lab Activity 6: VLSM Calculation & Addressing Design
Week 14 Lecture: EIGRP
Lecture: Link State Routing Protocols
Lab Activity 7: Basic Rip Configuration
Lab Activity 8: Basic EIGRP Configuration
Week 15 Lecture: OSPF
Lab Activity 9: Basic OSPF Configuration
Lab: Revision
Week 16 Lab Exam 2
Week 17 Online Final Test
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

Assessment will be comprised of :

Laboratory Journal (5 + 5%)
Laboratory Exam 1(30%)
Laboratory Exam 2 (30%)
Cisco Online Chapter Exams (5 + 5 %)
Cisco Online Final Exam (10 + 10%)

Assessment Matrix

Course Overview: Access Course Overview