This unit describes the skills and knowledge in communication network concepts and practices that are used in manufacturing and engineering applications. Specifically, the unit covers the manner in which data traverses, networks, protocols, networking and communication devices, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing, routing protocols, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), troubleshooting logs and networking monitoring tools.

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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: - using basic numeracy skills to perform calculations in binary and hexadecimal number systems; - using base level problem solving skills to implement provided scripts for a switch and a router; - reading and accurately interpreting documents and reports; - installing and configuring a basic network; - configuring protocols, models and IP addressing systems; - operating a personal computer; - identifying network cable types, and; - interpreting network testing information.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - OSI layered communication model; - TCP/IP layered communication model; - Media Access Layer (MAC) addresses; - packet encapsulation and decapsulation concepts and operation; - binary number system; - hexadecimal number system; - Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) protocol; - User Datagram Protocol (UDP); - function and operation of application layer protocols; - VLANs; - network monitoring tools e.g. Wireshark; - log files generated from networking devices e.g. Interlocking device, switches, operating system; - IPV4 addressing and subnetting; - IPV6 addressing and subnetting; - network cabling; - network devices; - end to end test commands e.g. Ping, Traceroute; - switch and router IOS commands examples, and; - emerging network technologies.

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