NDD430 - Network Diagnostics and Design

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Subject Title
Network Diagnostics and Design

Subject Description
This subject draws the student's attention to the issues and considerations related to the inter-connectivity of various operating system platforms. Students learn to identify, isolate and subsequently overcome various installation and maintenance-related obstacles. It is expected that students will be proficient in setting up, maintaining and diagnosing an interconnected multi-server environment by subject end. This course also introduces networking design topics, including developing a scalable and redundant network design. Students learn how to design a network by addressing client's needs, such as cost, security, bandwidth issues and reliability. Over 30% of this course is devoted to group project work, designed to allow the students to apply the knowledge they have acquired in all the subjects in the previous semesters.

Credit Status
1 Credit for CNS/CTY Diploma Program

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

1. Research a remedy for a specific problem

2. Monitor network traffic and evaluate network performance

3. Diagnose and solve problems that may occur from time to time

4. Maintain a coherent document of different problems and solutions

5. Exhibit a clear understanding of the functions of proxy servers and NAT

6. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the concepts of subnets and variable length subnet masks

7. Determine the hardware and software requirements and status

8. Distinguish between hardware and software-related problems

9. Prepare a detailed proposal that describes a custom-designed network and its supporting devices

10. Design multi-segmented networks using routers, switches and other WAN devices

11. Display in-depth understanding of the hardware and network requirements posed by high traffic web servers and web sites

12. Prototype key aspects of the designed network as proof of concept

13. Present a proposal to potential client for consideration, evaluation

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.

DCN386 & WIN310 & Either OPS335 Or OPS435

Topic Outline
Network Topology-10%

  • Examine Hierarchal and Enterprise composite models
  • LAN/WAN applications
  • Redundancy and security in design through hardware and segmentation

Practical Network design – 15%
  • Configuration of CISCO routers, switches and multilayer switches
  • Ipv4 addressing
  • Static Routing
  • RIP, OSPF, and Frame Relay configuration
  • VLAN configuration
  • Access Control Lists
  • Bandwidth/Data flow analysis

Troubleshooting Various Operating Systems – 15%
Windows Server Install – 15%
  • DHCP Services
  • DNS Services
  • RIP Routing
  • FTP Services
  • IIS Services
  • Active Directory
  • MySQL Server

Linux Install – 15%
  • IP Forwarding
  • DHCP Relay
  • FTP Services
  • Apache Web Services
  • Firewall/Routing applications

Client Services Install – 15%
  • Static IP assignment
  • Mail, HTTP, FTP and database clients

Networking Technology Research -15%
  • Server Redundancy
  • RAID
  • Hot Standby Routing Protocol
  • VPN
  • Client/Server and Peer to Peer Networks
  • Basic policies and procedure to ensure Account Security, Front Door/Back Door security
  • Cable Media and limitations
  • Inter networking challenges
  • WAN technologies

Modes of Instruction

Classroom lectures and discussions are supplemented by lab sessions with the instructor, reinforced by assigned readings 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.

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures and discussions are supplemented by lab sessions with the  instructor, reinforced by assigned readings 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
Top-Down Network Design, 3rd Ed.
By: Priscilla Oppenheimer, Cisco Press, ISBN#978-158-7202-834

Reference Material
CCNA Portable Command Guide, 3rd Edition, Scott Empson, CISCO Press.
ISBN #: 9781587204302

CCNA Routing and Switching Study Guide: Exams 100-101, 200-101, and 200-120
Todd Lammle
ISBN: 978-1-118-74961-6
1176 pages
September 2013

MCSA Windows Server 2012 Complete Study Guide: Exams 70-410, 70-411, 70-412, and 70-417
William Panek
ISBN: 978-1118859919
984 pages
June 2013

Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
David Elfassy
ISBN: 978-1119232056
816 pages
November 2013

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 is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignments (minimum 3) 25%
Labs (minimum 5) 20%
Test and Quizzes 25%
Final Written Exam 30%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle