This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine the most appropriate way of networking computers to meet user needs and business requirements.  It applies to individuals in senior networking roles who are required to plan the most appropriate topology for a proposed network.  No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - analyse business or organisational needs; - identify the most appropriate local area network (LAN), virtual private network (VPN) or wireless local area network (WLAN) topology, and; - document recommendations.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - summarise the typical network topologies for the following: large and small LANs; wide area networks (WANs); VPNs; virtual local area networks (VLANs), and; WLANs; - identify and describe the typical components of a local network, including: adaptor cards; bridges; ethernet hardware; gateways; hubs, and; routers; - describe the software and programming requirements of a local network; - describe the business consideration for establishing a local network, and; - outline of installation requirements for local area networks.

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