DCN706 - Wireless and Mobile

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Subject Title
Wireless and Mobile

Subject Description

This course on Wireless LANs focuses on the design, planning, implementation, operation and troubleshooting of Wireless LANs. It covers a comprehensive overview of technologies, security, and design best practices with particular emphasis on hands on skills in the following areas: Wireless LAN setup & troubleshooting, 802.11a & 802.11b technologies, products & solutions, Site Surveys, Resilient WLAN design, installation & configuration, WLAN Security - 802.1x, EAP, LEAP, WEP, SSID, Vendor interoperability strategies.

Credit Status
1 credit in the CNS/CTY * Programs

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate common WLAN infrastructure models to assess network efficiency and resiliency
  2. Identify emerging wireless technologies to propose upgrades and improve network access
  3. Support wireless networking equipment and protocols to maintain a high quality of service
  4. Administer wireless network devices to provide efficient and secure access to network services
  5. Assess the wireless needs of an organization through the application of industry standards
  6. Assess a site to plan and implement a wireless LAN

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Introduction to Wireless LAN's  (10%)

  • WLAN
  • Networking Media
  • Wireless Technologies
  • WLAN Market
  • WLAN Challenges and issues
Wireless Equipment (40%)
  • 802.11 Network Interface Cards
  • Wireless Bridges
  • Wireless Access Points
Cisco Wireless IOS Configuration (20%)
  • Client Configuration
  • Bridge Configuration
  • Access Point Configuration
Wireless Radio Technology (10%)
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Digital and Analog Signals
  • WLAN Transmission Techniques
Antennas (20%)
  • Antenna Fundamentals
  • Omnidirectional Antennas
  • Directional Antennas
  • Amplifiers
  • Antenna Installation

Mode of Instruction
Classes will be presented through a combination of lecture, discussions and question and answer sessions.  This mode of instruction will be reinforced by assigned reading and assignments between classes.

It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the student’s class.

Prescribed Texts
CWNA/CWSP Certified Wireless Network Administrator Exam Guide, exams: PWO-104 & PWO-204
Author: Tom Carpenter, Publisher: McGraw Hill, ISBN 9780071713887

Reference Material
Cisco Online Website

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.


  • Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.
  • Computer assignments should be documented to the instructor's standards.
  • Assignments must be handed in on the scheduled due date. Late assignments are penalized.
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor.

Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor prior to the next scheduled class. If your reason is accepted, you will be permitted to write a make-up test. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.

Term Work and Final Exam
  • Students must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on term work and the final exam. Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the subject
  • For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.Grading in based on the following marking scheme:

Skills Test 20%
One Test 20%
Labs and Case Studies 10%
Final Exam 30%
Cisco Networking Academy Exam Academic Regulations 20%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle