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COMP604 – Routing and Switching Essentials

Module code
Module title
Routing and Switching Essentials
To enable students to apply a broad operational knowledge of networking, and associated services and technologies to meet typical organisational requirements.
  • BI1601
  • BI1804
  • IT7000
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the operation and features of network devices required for setup and maintenance of a local area network.
2. Configure and troubleshoot switches and routers to support a scalable and secure LAN (Local Area Network) for a small to medium network.
3. Design, build, troubleshoot, and document a secure network solution using advanced LAN technologies.
Switch concepts:
- Switch operation and security
- STP (Spanning Tree Protocol)
- Ether Channel

Routing concepts:
- Types of Routing
- IPv4 and IPv6 static and default routes
- Inter-VLAN Routing
- FHRP (First Hop Redundancy Protocols)
- DHCPv4 and DHCPv6

WLAN concepts:
- WLAN configuration
- WLAN security
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Teaching methods will involve theoretical and practical classes which may include but not limited to lectures, class discussions, tutorials, case studies, simulations, computer laboratory work, group activities, guest lectures, face-to-face and online activities.
Assessment Criteria
In order to receive a passing grade, students must achieve a minimum 40% average over all supervised tests and achieve 50% overall for the module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Cisco Netspace Learning Management System
Computer network lab with Cisco Routers and Switches
Required Textbooks
Online Learning material located at Students will gain access through enrolment into Cisco Netspace.

An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.

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