ITC355 Network Design (8)

This subject is designed to provide students with experience in the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in a more complex network environment. Students will design, test and analyse large and complex networks. Concepts covered in this subject enable students to develop advanced skills related to dynamic routing protocols, switching protocols, Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) Routings, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Network Address Translation (NAT), Internet Protocol Security (IPSec), Virtual Private Network (VPN), Wide Area Network (WAN) design and troubleshooting.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC355. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed subject ITC512



Subject Relationships

ITC512 Similar content

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and evaluate the nature and operations of different LAN and WAN technologies;
  • be able to explain, analyse and troubleshoot different routing and switching protocols;
  • be able to design and evaluate the tasks related to configuring the efficient and secure use of large sized networks;
  • be able to design, verify, and solve a variety problems of VLANs and WANs;
  • be able to monitor, troubleshoot and critically analyse high-level network performance.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Building a small to medium-sized network.
  • DHCP.
  • The spanning tree protocol.
  • Link aggregation.
  • Troubleshooting layer two issues.
  • Implementing Enhanced Interios Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP).
  • Implementing multi-area Open Shortest Path First (OSPF).
  • IOS file management.
  • Connecting to the WAN.
  • Configuring serial connections.
  • Broadband solutions.
  • Securing site-to-site connectivity.
  • Monitoring the network.
  • Troubleshooting the network.
  • Network architectures.

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

There are two compulsory residential schools in this subject. One is held during the teaching break (2 days) and another is held in the end of session (2 days).

The inclusion of the Cisco Networking Academy Program requires all students to undertake practical based assessment activities conducted in a networking laboratory.

1. Laboratory based practical exercises
2. Practical assessment activities
3. Invigilated Online Cisco examination


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.