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.


* 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



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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC355 in Session 1 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 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

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.