UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE

Department of Computer Science

COS 730 Network Topologies and Administration (15 credits)

[Pre-requisites: Undergraduate Computer Networks]

Main Content:

  • Design networks using advanced Internet Protocol (IP) addressing techniques and intermediate routing protocols (RIP v2, single-area OSPF, EIGRP).
  • Design local area networks based on Virtual LANs (VLANs) concept,
  • Configure switches and routers to support redundancy (Spanning Tree Protocol), VLAN and Trunking Protocol (VTP).
  • Design and implement advanced Internet Protocol (IP) addressing techniques: Network Address Translation (NAT), Port Address Translation (PAT), and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
  • Understand the various Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies like PPP, ISDN, DDR, Frame Relay and optical networking.
  • Perform fundamental network management and system administration tasks.

Main Outcomes:
At the successful completion of this course the student should have:

  • Advanced IP (Internet Protocol) addressing techniques (variable length subnet masking –VLSM),
  • Intermediate routing protocols (RIP v2, single-area OSPF, EIGRP),
  • Ethernet switching, command line configuration of switches, Virtual LANs (VLANs) Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP).
  • Wide Area Networks (WANs),
  • Advanced Internet Protocol (IP) addressing techniques: Network Address Translation (NAT), Port Address Translation (PAT), and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
  • WAN technology and terminology, PPP, ISDN, DDR, Frame Relay.
  • Introduction to network management and optical networking.

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