COMP07118 2012 LAN Switching and Wireless

General Details

Full Title
LAN Switching and Wireless
Transcript Title
Networking 301
N/A %
Subject Area
COMP - Computing
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2012 - Full Academic Year 2012-13
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Paul Flynn, Fiona Mitchell
Programme Membership
SG_KSYSN_B07 201200 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Systems and Networking L7 SG_KCMPT_B07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Computing SG_KSYSN_B07 201500 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Systems and Networking L7

The student will be able to design, configure, verify and troubleshoot a converged switched network for both a wired and wireless LAN in a small to medium sized business.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Design a network based on the Hierarchial Network Design model


Examine features and functionality necessary for the implementation of secure wireless and wired network.


Configure, verify and troubleshoot a Layer 2 Switch with VLANs, STP, VTP and security.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment will take place in a laboratory environment employing simulation techniques as well as hands on testing using approved industry standard equipment

Indicative Syllabus

LAN Design

  •   Hierarchial Network Design Module
  •   Matching switches to specific LAN functions - features needed for small and medium business

Switch Components and Configurations

  •   Design considerations for Ethernet networks
  •   Frame forwarding using a switching - symmetric/asymmetric switch, buffering, forwarding methods
  •   Switch management configuration - CLI, history, boot sequence, basic management
  •   Configuring switch security - passwords, login banners, telnet, ssh, common attacks, port security


  •   VLAN Types, port memberships
  •   Trunking
  •   Configure, validate and troubleshoot trunks


  •   Domains, modes, advertising, pruning
  •   Configure, validate and troubleshoot VTP
  •   Manage VLANs


  •   Redundancy issues
  •   Spanning Tree algorithm - BPDU, BID, port states
  •   Spanning convergence - Election of root bridge, root ports, designated ports
  •   PVST+, RSTP, Rapid PVST+
  •   Configure, verify and troubleshoot STP

Inter-VLAN Routing

  •   Interfaces, Sub-interfaces
  •   Traditional routing
  •   Router-on-a-Stick
  •   Router, switch and IP addressing configuration issues

Basic Wireless concepts and configurations

  •   Why wireless?
  •   Wireless standards, infrastucture, operations and planning
  •   WLAN security
  •   Configuring wireless Access Point and NIC
  •   Troubleshoot simple WLAN problems - access point issues, overlaping channel issues, authentication, encryption




Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Multiple Choice CCNA3 Final Examination Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 10 1,2,3
2 Continuous Assessment Design, Configure, Verify and Troubleshoot a switched network Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 13 1,2,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam 2 hours written examination Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Theoretical aspects of course 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical Computer Laboratory Problem Based Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

CCNA LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide

  • By Wayne Lewis
  • Published by Cisco Press
  • Published: Apr 28, 2008
  • ISBN-10: 1-58713-207-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-207-0

CCNA Portable Command Guide, 2nd Edition

  • By Scott Empson
  • Published by Cisco Press
  • Published: Jul 18, 2007
  • ISBN-10: 1-58720-193-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58720-193-6
Other Resources

Network Simulation Software (Packet Tracer & GNS3)

IT Sligo NetLab Account

Additional Information