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Fall 2012

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CSN206 - LAN Switching and Wireless Networking
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces technologies and protocols needed to design and implement converged switched and wireless networks. Topics include Ethernet switching, VLAN, switch trunking, interVLAN routing, VTP, RSTP, wireless networking and wireless security. Students complete procedural labs on configuration, implementation, and troubleshooting of enterprise level network switches and wireless LANs. Fall only. Two class hours, two lab hours. Prerequisite: CSN120

Lecture: 2 hrs.
Lab: 2 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of the course, as documented by exams, projects, discussions, and skill demonstrations, students will be able to:

1. Identify and correct common network problems at layers 1, 2, 3, and 7 using a layered model approach
2. Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect switches to other network devices and hosts
3. Explain the technology and media access control method for Ethernet networks
4. Explain basic switching concepts and the operation of network switches
5. Perform and verify initial switch configuration tasks including remote access management
6. Describe enhanced switching technologies such as VLANs, VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol (PVSTP), and 802.1q
7. Describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and how routing occurs between them
8. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLANs, trunking on enterprise level switches, interVLAN routing, VTP, and RSTP
9. Interpret the output of various show and debug commands to verify the operational status of a enterprise level switched network
10. Verify network status and switch operation using basic utilities such as ping, traceroute, Telnet, Secure Shell (SSH), Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), and ipconfig, as well as the associated show and debug commands.
11. Identify, prescribe, and resolve common switched network media issues, configuration issues, auto-negotiation, and switch hardware failures
12. Manage enterprise level switch software
13. Manage enterprise level switch configuration files (save, edit, upgrade, and restore)
14. Describe standards associated with wireless media, such as IEEE WI-FI Alliance and ITU/FCC
15. Identify and describe the purpose of the components in a small wireless network, such as Service Set Identification (SSID), Basic Service Set (BSS), and Extended Service Set (ESS)
16. Identify basic configuration parameters on a wireless network to ensure that devices connect to the correct access points
17. Compare and contrast Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security features and capabilities of open, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), and WPA-1/2 networks
18. Describe common wireless-network implementation issues such as interference and misconfigurations
19. Pass a comprehensive final exam that requires the same level of proficiency as the corresponding industry standard certification exam. *

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
1. LAN Design
2. Basic Switch Concepts and Configuration
3. VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks)
4. VTP
5. STP
6. Inter-VLAN Routing
7. Basic Wireless Concepts and Configuration

Effective Term: Spring 2011