During This Module You Will Have the Opportunity to Establish a Solid Foundation in The

During This Module You Will Have the Opportunity to Establish a Solid Foundation in The

MODULE HANDBOOK 2016-17 /
Module title: Local Area, Wide Area and Wireless Networks (WBL)
Module code: COIS50988 (WBL)
Level: 5
Credits: 30
Co-requisite or pre-requisite modules:
To have studied COCS40663 Introduction to Computer and Network Architectures or similar
School: Computing, Engineering and Sciences
Semester: 1 & 2
Location of Delivery:Partner Colleges

1.Introduction

During this module you will have the opportunity to establish a solid foundation in the principles of basic switching, network security management and access control lists, NAT, PAT and DHCP, WANs and Wireless LANs.
The first half of the module focuses on basic switching, network security management and access control lists, NAT/PAT and DHCP and WANs. Here you will be introduced to basic switching concepts, VLANs, switching protocols (such as VTP and STP), Inter-VLAN routing and switchport security. This is then followed by network management with Access Control Lists (ACLs), NAT/PAT, DHCP and PPP with CHAP and PAP.

The second half of the module will introduce wireless LANs. You will gain essential skills necessary to give you confidence in designing and implementing wireless solutions.

The practical work will give you many opportunities to implement the concepts taught in the lectures, and will encourage you to expand your newly developed practical skills.

Full list of topics:

  • Networking Architectures
  • Basic switch concept
  • VLANs
  • Switch protocols (VTP, STP)
  • Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Switchport Security
  • Network Security
  • Network Management and Access Control Lists
  • NAT & PAT, DHCP
  • Wired Area Networks (PPP with CHAP and PAP and Frame Relay)
  • Wireless LANs
  • Basic wireless concepts and configuration. Wireless LANs
  • Demonstrate the concepts of wireless LAN design and installation.
  • Discriminate between and describe the IEEE 802.11 wireless standards and demonstrate understanding of how they would influence a design
  • Configure and install various wireless access points, bridges, adapters and antennae that meet mobility and throughout specifications including the site survey and documentation.
  • Configure, monitor and maintain a WLAN using both CLI and web-based
    - Device Manager tools
    - Identify wireless security threats and vulnerabilities.
    - Configure wireless LAN security using MAC filtering, WEP, EAP and 802-1x technologies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of proper site survey techniques and safety practices.
  • Configure various network monitoring technologies including Syslog, SNMP and logging.
  • Troubleshoot wireless installation and configurations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of vertical and horizontal wireless implementations

2.Module Tutors

Module leader (Staffordshire University): Janet Francis
Telephone:01785 353310Room:The Mellor Building, Cauldon
Email:

Stoke-On-Trent College: Ivailo Chakarov (LANs and WANs)

Telephone: 01782 208208(ext. 3739) Room:H109
Email:

Stoke-On-Trent College: Craig Wilson (Wireless)

Telephone: 01782 208208 (ext. 3737) Room: H109
Email:

3.Module Learning Outcomes

1. INSTALL, CONFIGURE, TEST AND TROUBLESHOOT ROUTER, WAN, SWITCH AND VLAN, INCLUDING ACCESS LISTS IN EXTENSIVE ROUTER BASED INTERNETWORKS. / Analysis
Application
Communication
Problem Solving
2. DEMONSTRATE CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF VLANS, THE SPANNING-TREE PROTOCOL, NETWORK MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES AND ASSOCIATED TOOLS. / Enquiry
Knowledge & Understanding
Learning
3. INSTALL, CONFIGURE, TEST AND TROUBLESHOOT ROUTER WAN CONNECTION IN A ROUTER BASED INTERNETWORK ACCORDING TO INDUSTRY STANDARDS. / Analysis
Application
Communication
Problem Solving
4. DEMONSTRATE CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF PPP. / Enquiry
Knowledge & Understanding
Learning
5. DEMONSTRATE CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF WIRELESS RADIO TECHNOLOGIES AND TOPOLOGIES BASED ON THE IEEE 802.11 WIRELESS STANDARD. / Enquiry
Knowledge & Understanding
Learning
6. INSTALL, CONFIGURE, TEST AND TROUBLESHOOT WIRELESS ACCESS POINTS, BRIDGES, ADAPTERS, AND ANTENNAE, AND UNDERSTAND VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL WIRELESS IMPLEMENTATIONS AND USES. / Enquiry
Knowledge & Understanding
Learning
7. UNDERTAKE WIRELESS DESIGN, INSTALLATION, CONFIGURATION, MONITORING AND MAINTENANCE USING CLI AND WEB-BASED DEVICE MANAGERS. / Analysis
Application
Communication
Problem Solving
8. IDENTIFY WIRELESS SECURITY THREATS AND VULNERABILITIES. AWARENESS OF WIRELESS SECURITY USING MAC FILTERING, WEP, LEAP, EAP AND 802.1 X TECHNOLOGIES. / Analysis
Application
Communication
Problem Solving

Please note that you will need to achieve at least 30% in each component of assessment, with an overall average of 40% in order to pass the module.

Please see Student Handbook regarding late submission, ill health, and extenuating circumstances.

4.How will I learn on this module?

You will spend about 300 hours of learning time on this module, 48 hours of which are in class. You will attend a lecture followed by a tutorial/practicaleach week for the duration of the academic year. The topics that we intend to cover are listed in the learning schedule.

The tutorial work will often take longer than your time in class, so, you will need to finish this work in your own time. It is important to schedule independent study time for each and every module you are taking in order to be able to complete all of the tutorial exercises provided.

Your tutors might also suggest other work for you to do to enhance your understanding of the subject area. This might be background reading or watching online videos. Throughout the module, you are expected to explore the concepts that are introduced, going beyond the work that is set in the tutorials.

You are expected to attend alltimetabled classes for your group, which includes lectures and tutorial sessions. Please note that tutorsmonitor attendance in accordance with University regulations that state that you may be withdrawn from your module if you miss more than 4 consecutive sessions (Section 1.3 of the Undergraduate Modular Framework)

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Local Area and Wide Area Networks (Teaching Plan) – First Semester

Week
12 week schedule / Lecture work
1 hour/week / Tutorial work
2 hours staffed
1 hour lab time / Independent Learning
8.5 hours/week / Map to Module Learning Outcomes
1 / Module Introduction
Basic switch concepts and configuration / Module introduction
Module assessment
Software requirements
Recommended text books
Recommended websites
Module content discussion
Switch uses in a LAN
Switch forwarding techniques, store and forward, cut through, fragment-free
Transmission types, unicast, broadcast, multicast
Switch learning functions / Discussion, demonstration, Q&A
H&S – standard classroom session, tea break after the first 60 minutes
Students will start to configure switches with a basic configuration and familiarise themselves with the switch IOS CLI / 1 & 2
2 / VLANs
Switch port security
Case Study handed out / Recap previous week
The role of VLANs in a switched LAN
VLANs and switch ports
VLAN trunking
Necessity of switch security
Basic switch security / Discussion, demonstration, Q&A
Students will configure VLANs on switches in a switch LAN environment
Students will configure switches to provide security for voice, video and data content
Students to familiarise themselves with the requirements of the case study / 2
3 / Virtual Trunking Protocol / Recap previous week
Role of VTP in a converged network / Discussion, demonstration, Q&A
Students will configure VTP on switches in a switched LAN / 2
4 / Case Study
Workshop / Case Study Workshop / Students will work on their case study and will be assisted by the tutor; clarifications of requirements should be sought and problems resolved / 1, 2, 3 & 4
5 / Configuring OSPF / Recap previous week
OSPF feature set / Discussion, demonstration, Q&A
Students will configure a routers to use OSPF as the routing protocol / 1
6 / PPP and CHAP authentication / Key point to point serial communication
Key PPP concepts / Students will configure PPP encapsulation and PAP and CHAP authentication / 4
7 / Extended Access Control Lists / Recap previous week
ACLs and security
Filtering traffic
ACL types / Discussion, demonstration, Q&A
Students will configure standard and extended ACLs / 1
8 / Placement of ACLs / Recap previous week
ACL types (recap)
Placement of ACLs / Discussion, demonstration, Q&A
Students will learn how to implement ACLs in the best possible way / 1
9 / DHCP pools / Recap previous week
DHCP features, benefits
DHCP operation / Discussion, demonstration, Q&A
Students will configure DHCP for an enterprise branch network / 1 & 3
10 / NAT / Recap previous week
NAT operation
NAT key features
Advantages and disadvantages of NAT / Discussion, demonstration, Q&A
Students will configure NAT on Cisco routers / 1 & 3
11 / PAT / Recap previous week
PAT operation
PAT key features
Advantages and disadvantages of PAT / Discussion, demonstration, Q&A
Students will configure PAT on Cisco routers / 3
12 / Exam Topics Workshop / Recap previous week
Exam revision topics / Discussion, demonstration, Q&A
Students will practice exercises for the exam / 1, 2, 3 & 4

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Local Area and Wide Area Networks Wireless (Teaching Plan) – Second Semester

Session/Block / Topic / Content / Assessment / Assignments
1 / Module 1 Introduction to Wireless LANs
Demonstrate an understanding of wireless radio technologies and topologies / Starter
Student introduction & Intro to curriculum-Module Descriptor (expectations set, Classroom, equipment, deadlines etc.)
Hand out student workbooks – explain end of class tests and labs etc.)
Main
Lecture
FWL_v12_Mod01.ppt (1hr)
Practical
Lab 1.2.7 Networking Media (15 MINS)
Lab 1.4.7 Wireless Component Identification and Lab Setup (30 MINS)
Lab 1.6.1 Challenges of Wireless Regulations (20 MINS)
Lab 1.6.8 Challenges of Wireless Media (20 MINS)
Total Time 2 hrs + induction 3hrs
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**Reiterate objectives and what we have covered- link to indicative Content**
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Plenary
Make notes on what you have done/learnt in today’s session (this is useful for revision for the exam)
2 / Module 2 802.11 (a,b,g) and Network Interface Cards
Discriminate between and describe the IEEE 802.11 wireless standards
Configure and install wireless adapters / Starter
Quick recap on previous learning. Lesson Objectives\Register
Main
Lecture
FWL_v11_Mod02.pdf (1hr)
Practical
Lab 2.4.2 Installing and Uninstalling Client Adapter/Utilities
(30 MINS)
Lab 2.4.3 Installing Windows Drivers (10 MINS)
Lab 2.4.4 Ad Hoc Mode (30 MINS)
Lab 2.4.6.1 RF Link Test (10 MINS)
Lab 2.4.6.2 Create an Adhoc Network (30MINS)
Total 3 hrs
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**Reiterate objectives and what we have covered- link to indicative Content**
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Plenary
Make notes on what you have done/learnt in today’s session (this is useful for revision for the exam)
3 / Module 3 Wireless Radio Technology
Demonstrate an understanding of wireless radio technologies / Starter
Quick recap on previous learning. Lesson Objectives\Register
Main
Lecture
FWL_v12_Mod03.ppt (1hr)
Practical
Lab 3.1.7 Wireless Mathematics (30 MINS)
Lab 3.4.1 Signals in Time (30 MINS)
Lab 3.7.6 Wave Propagation (30 MINS)
Total 2 hrs
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**Reiterate objectives and what we have covered- link to indicative Content**
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Plenary
Make notes on what you have done/learnt in today’s session (this is useful for revision for the exam)
4 / Module 4 Wireless Topologies
Demonstrate an understanding of wireless radio topologies / Starter
Quick recap on previous learning. Lesson Objectives\Register
Main
Lecture
FWL_v12_Mod04.ppt (1hr)
Practical
Lab 4.2.7 WLAN Topologies (30 mins)
Lab 4.3.4 Channel Setup(30 mins)
Lab 4.5.3 Topology Design (1 Hour)
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**Reiterate objectives and what we have covered- link to indicative Content**
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Total 3 hrs
Plenary
Make notes on what you have done/learnt in today’s session (this is useful for revision for the exam)
5 / Module 5 Access Points
Configure and install wireless access points / Starter
Quick recap on previous learning. Lesson Objectives\Register
Main
Lecture
FWL_v12_Mod05.ppt
Practical
Lab 5.2.2 Assigning an IP Address to an AP(30 MINS)
Lab 5.4.4 Radio Configuration(15 mins)
Lab 5.4.5 Advanced Radio Configuration ( 45 mins)
Lab 5.5.7 Using Telnet Session to Configure Devices (45 mins)
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**Reiterate objectives and what we have covered- link to indicative Content**
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Total 3 hrs
Plenary
Make notes on what you have done/learnt in today’s session (this is useful for revision for the exam)
6 / Module 6 Bridges
Configure and install wireless bridges, adapters / Starter
Quick recap on previous learning. Lesson Objectives\Register
Main
Lecture
FWL_v12_Mod06.ppt (1hr)
Practical
Lab 6.2.4 Initial Bridge Setup(60 mins)
Lab 6.4.4 Configuring Services (30 mins)
Lab 6.5.3 Managing Configuration Files (20 mins)
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**Reiterate objectives and what we have covered- link to indicative Content**
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Total 3 hrs
Plenary
Make notes on what you have done/learnt in today’s session (this is useful for revision for the exam)
7 / Module 7 Antennas
Configure and install antennae. / Starter
Quick recap on previous learning. Lesson Objectives\Register
Main
Lecture
wireless-mod7-Antennas.ppt (1hr)
Practical
Lab 7.1.4 Antenna Setup (15 MINS)
Lab 7.1.8 Diversity Settings (15 MINS)
Lab 7.2.8 Omnidirectional Antennas (15 MINS)
Lab 7.3.4 Directional Antennas (15 MINS)
Total 2 Hrs
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**Reiterate objectives and what we have covered- link to indicative Content**
Plenary
Make notes on what you have done/learnt in today’s session (this is useful for revision for the exam)
8 / Module 8 Security
Identify wireless security threats and vulnerabilities
Configure wireless LAN security using MAC filtering, WEP, LEAP, EAP and 802.1x technologies / Starter
Quick recap on previous learning. Lesson Objectives\Register
Main
Lecture
FWL_v1.2_Mod8.1 Notes.pdf (30 Mins)
Practical
Lab 8.2.1 Wireless Hacking and Countermeasures(45MINS)
Lab 8.3.2 Enabling Protocol and MAC Filters on APS(15MINS)
Lab 8.3.3a WEP Key Setup (15mins)
Lab 8.3.3b Client Encryption Manager(15 MINs)
Lab 8.4.5 Enabling LEAP/EAP on the Access Point (60MINS)
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**Reiterate objectives and what we have covered- link to indicative Content**
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Total 3 hrs
Plenary
Make notes on what you have done/learnt in today’s session (this is useful for revision for the exam)
9 / Module 9 Application Design and Site Survey Prep
Demonstrate the concepts of wireless LAN design and installation
Module 10 Site Survey
Troubleshoot wireless installations and configurations / Starter
Quick recap on previous learning. Lesson Objectives\Register
Part 1 Main
Lecture
wireless-mod9-DesignAndSiteSurveyPreparation.ppt
Practical
Lab 9.3.9 WLAN Design (60mins)
Lab 9.5.3 Using Bridge Range Calculation Utility (15 MINS)
Lab 9.5.5 Link Status Meter (5 MINS)
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**Reiterate objectives and what we have covered- link to indicative Content**
Part 2 Main
Lecture
Practical
Lab 10.2.7_1 Site Survey Active Mode(30 MINS)
Lab 10.2.7_2 Survey the Facility (30 MINS)
Plenary
Make notes on what you have done/learnt in today’s session (this is useful for revision for the exam)
10 / Module 11 Troubleshooting Management, Monitoring, and Diagnostics
Configure, monitor and maintain a WLAN using both CLI and web-based Device Manager tools
Configure various network monitoring technologies including Syslog, SNMP and logging / Starter
Quick recap on previous learning. Lesson Objectives\Register
Main
Lecture
FWL_v11_Mod11.ppt
Practical
Lab 11.1.4 Troubleshooting (10 MINS)
Lab 11.2.6 Troubleshooting TCP/IP issues (30 MINS)
Lab 11.5.3 Configure Syslog (30 MINS)
Lab 11.5.5 Configure SNMP (15 MINS)
Lab 11.6.2 Troubleshooting the Network (30 MINS)
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**Reiterate objectives and what we have covered- link to indicative Content**
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Plenary
Make notes on what you have done/learnt in today’s session (this is useful for revision for the exam)
11 / Module 12 Emerging Technologies / Starter
Quick recap on previous learning. Lesson Objectives\Register
Main
Lecture
FWL_v11_Mod12.ppt
Practical
Lab 12.4.8_1 Wireless Case Study: School
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**Reiterate objectives and what we have covered- link to indicative Content**
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Plenary
Make notes on what you have done/learnt in today’s session (this is useful for revision for the exam)
12 / Module 12 Assessment of Unit / Starter
Discuss the in-class test and what is required (what is expected)
Discuss the Practical exam (Scenario)
Main
Multi Choice In-Class Test – 1 hr 20 mins ( 30 multi choice questions from all modules)
20 Break
Practical Exam 1 hr 20 mins
Plenary
Assess Practical exam against criteria

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5.Attendance and Absence

Your attendance is required at all teaching sessions/scheduled distance learning sessions for this module. Your attendance will be monitored and if you start missing classes this will be recorded and you will be contacted to discuss your absence.

If you are absent from this module on 3consecutive classes and / or scheduled distance learning activities for reasons other than personal illness without prior approval you may be withdrawn from the module.

6.Learning Resources

You will be using the following software:

  • Cisco Packet Tracer (available via the Cisco Networking Academy)

Course documentation including lecture material, tutorial notes and any additional supporting material will be accessible electronically on:

The course texts for this module can be found here:

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7.How I will be assessed in this module?

This module is assessed by:

Item Number / Assessed Work / Learning Outcome / Weighting / Submission
1 / Case Study / 1, 3, 6 and 7 / 50% / Section A
18th December 2016
Section B
23rd April 2017
2 / A Written examination, (2 hours) / 2, 4, 5 and 8 / 50% / Week commencing
3rdApril 2017

UG: To pass a module you must achieve at least 40% in the module overall and achieve at least 20%in each component of assessment.

If you fail to satisfy the assessment criteria of the module, you will be awarded a fail. If you have failed to submit any assessment for the module, you will be given N (Fail due to non-submission) for the element(s) of the module and you will only be allowed a further attempt at that element(s) of the module at the discretion of the appropriate Board.

It is therefore essential that you attempt and make a submission for all pieces of assessment.

Support and guidance relating to assessment is available through your course team as well as from university support services and the Students’ Union. Please see your Course Handbook and the University’s on-line Student Guide for further contact details along with information on what to do if you can’t hand in work due to circumstances beyond your control.

8.Submission and Feedback

The deadline for the assessments will be indicated on the case study paperwork.

Students will receive provisional marks and verbal constructive feedback on their assessment no more than 20 working days after submission.

Feedback on your performance is provided in a variety of ways – all the way through a module you will be receiving informal feedback on your performance, in your discussions with teaching staff in labs or tutorials for instance. Feedback should help you to self-assess your work as you progress through the module and help you to understand your subject better.