COMP07131 2012 Accessing the WAN

General Details

Full Title
Accessing the WAN
Transcript Title
Networking 302
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

This subject aims to provide students with the necessary skills to install, configure, upgrade, analyse and troubleshoot a secure complex enterprise internetwork and to examine existing and emerging IP Addressing technologies.

Learning Outcomes

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


Secure a network using ACL and SDM


Configuration of remote access to routers using VPN, PPP and Frame Relay.


Understand, implement, verify and troubleshoot IP Addressing services such as DHCP, NAT, PAT, and IP Version 6


Enterprise troubleshooting using Cisco's layered model

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

Introduction to WANs

  •   Examine the evolving network and enterprise
  •   WAN phsyical layer, data link layer and switching concepts
  •   WAN connection options - dedicated, circuit switched, packet switched


  •   Serial point-to-point links - TDM, demarcation point, DCE, DTE, HDLC
  •   PPP - Architecture, frame structure, establishing a session
  •   Configure, verify and troubleshoot PPP

Frame Relay

  •   Basic Concepts - virtual circuits, encapsulation, topologies, addressing map
  •   Advanced concepts - solving reachability issues, paying, flow control
  •   Configure, verify and troubleshoot frame relay

Network Security

  •   Security threats, attacks, mitigation techniques, security wheel, policies
  •   Securing CISCO Router - apply IOS features, remote admin access, logging activity
  •   Secure Router network services - vulnarabilities, secure routing protocols, lockdown router
  •   Use SDM to secure the router
  •   Manage IOS images, backup, upgrade and recover software, password recovery


  •   Standard ACL, Extended ACL, Named ACL, wildcard masks
  •   Configure, verify and troubleshoot all types of ACLs
  •   Complex ACLs - Dynamic, reflex and time based

IP Addressing services

  •   DHCP, BOOTP, client and server, relay agent, configure and troubleshoot
  •   Scalling networks - public and private IPs, NAT (static, dynamic, overloaded), configure, troubleshoot
  •   IP V6 - reasons, addressing, translation strategies, DUAL stack, tunnelling, Configure RIPing

Network Troubleshooting

  •   Network Performance Baseline
  •   Troubleshooting methodologies and tools
  •   WAN implementation issues - traffic, topology, bandwidth
  •   Network Troubleshooting at the Physical, Data Link, Network, Transport and Application layers 

Advanced Network Technologies

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 Continuous Assessment Practcal Implementation and knowlege test Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % Week 4 1,2
2 Continuous Assessment Pratical Implementation and knowedge test Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % Week 7 1,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam 2 hour written examination Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Theoreticl Aspects of the Course 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Computer Laboratory Problem Based Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Accessing the WAN, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide

  • By Bob Vachon, Rick Graziani
  • Published by Cisco Press
  • Published: Apr 28, 2008
  • ISBN-10: 1-58713-205-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-205-6

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

Simulation Software

IT Sligo NetLab Account


Additional Information