ITC354 Routing and Switching (8)

This subject is designed to provide students with experience on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks as well as Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) and security concepts. Concepts covered in this subject enable students to develop advanced skills related to Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), Inter-VLAN routing, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Etherchannel, switch security, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), First Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP), WLAN and routing. This subject is the second in a series of three subjects that incorporate the Cisco Networking Academy Program.


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

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC354. 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

Assumed Knowledge

Background knowledge at the level of ITC233

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the purpose, nature and operations of routing and switching techniques;
  • be able to distinguish and analyse different routing and switching protocols;
  • be able to configure and troubleshoot networks to improve efficiency and security;
  • be able to configure, verify and solve a variety of problems involving Wireless Local Area Networks; and
  • be able to describe, analyse, identify and mitigate LAN security threats.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Basic Device Configuration
  • Switching Concepts
  • Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) and Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Etherchannel
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)v4
  • Stateless Address Auto-configuration (SLAAC) and DHCPv6 Concepts
  • First Hop Redundancy Protocol FHRP Concepts
  • LAN Security Concepts
  • Switch Security Configuration
  • Wireless LAN Concepts and Configuration
  • WLAN Configuration
  • Routing Concepts
  • IP Static Routing
  • Troubleshoot Static and Default Routes

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC354 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Chapter exams
Theory and simulation exercises
Online exam
Skill assessment test
Final exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

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 and other as appropriate.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.