MODULE DETAILS

 

Module 6: Routers and Switches

 

Nominal duration: 4 weeks (32 hours total time commitment).

 

This time commitment includes the preparation reading, attendance at each webinar (1 hour plus 15-30 minutes for discussion), and the time necessary to complete the assignments and further study

 

MODULE PURPOSE

 

Switches and routers are the kingpins of modern LANs. Routers are arguably the most complex and the most important components of networks, although managed switches are also becoming increasingly more complex. This module covers the basics of switches as well as routers (and routing protocols) and the basic rules to follow in building internetworks.

 

PRE-REQUISITE MODULES, UNITS

/CO-REQUISITES

 

Module 3: Ethernet; Module 5: TCP/IP and VoIP

 

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

 

To evaluate the achievement of the learning outcomes; written assignments, group projects and practical exercises are set.

 

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

1.      Examine and discuss the basics of switches

 

2.      Examine and discuss the basics of routers

 

3.      Examine and discuss the basics of routing protocols

 

4.      Examine and discuss advanced routing concepts

 



 

Learning Outcome 1

 

 

Examine and discuss the basics of switches

Assessment Criteria

 

1.1   Examine and discuss the basics of bridging and switching

 

 

1.2   Describe the difference between Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching

 

 

1.3   Describe the difference between managed and unmanaged switches

 

 

1.4   Examine and discuss the basics of a spanning tree algorithm

 

 

1.5   Configure an IEEE 802.1 p/Q compliant VLAN-capable switch

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Outcome 2

 

Examine and discuss the basics of routers

 

Assessment Criteria

 

2.1 Examine and discuss the following concepts related to routing:

       (a)   Static vs. dynamic routing

       (b)   Routing tables and metrics

       (c)   Routing protocols

       (d)   Autonomous Systems

       (e)   Interior vs. Exterior Gateway Protocols

       (f)    Border routers

 

 

2.2  Perform basic port configuration on a Cisco router

 

 

Learning Outcome 3

 

Examine and discuss the basics of routing protocols

 

Assessment Criteria

 

3.1 Examine and discuss the basic differences between link-state and distance-vector routing algorithms

 

 

3.2 Examine and discuss the basic attributes and operation of the following routing protocols:

(a)   Routing Information Protocol (RIP)

(b)   Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)

(c)   Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)

 

 

3.3 Demonstrate the ability to enable and configure a routing protocol (e.g. RIP, EIGRP) on a Cisco router

 

 

Learning Outcome 4

 

Examine and discuss advanced routing concepts

 

Assessment Criteria

 

4.1 Examine and discuss the basics of the following:

       (a) Multi Protocol Layer Switching (MPLS)

       (b) IP Security (IPSec)

 

 

4.2 Set up an ACL on a Cisco router

 

 

 

Delivery mode

 

A combination of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning delivery comprising a judicious mix of interactive online web conferencing, simulation (virtual labs) software, remote online labs, online videos, PowerPoint slides, notes, reading and study materials (in PDF, HTML and Word format) accessed through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).

 

Software/Hardware Used

Software

  • ManageEngine MibBrowser

Hardware

  •  N/A