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Local Area Networks

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: ITTP0801
Curriculum: TT V2024
Level: Bachelor of Engineering
Year of Study: 1 (2024-2025)
Semester: Spring
Credits: 5 cr
Responsible Teacher: Virtanen, Antti
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Courses During the Academic Year 2024-2025

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
3015TT2024-1, TT2024-1A, TT2024-1B, TT2024-1C, TT2024-1D2025-01-07 – 2025-04-30Antti VirtanenFinnish2024-12-01 – 2025-01-13
3016VY-12025-03-03 – 2025-05-31Antti Virtanen, Mahmoud ElsanhouryFinnish2024-12-01 – 2025-01-13
3017TT2024V-1, TT2024V-1A, TT2024V-1B2025-01-07 – 2025-05-17Antti VirtanenFinnish2024-12-01 – 2025-01-13

Taking the course in advance? See the courses during the academic year 2023-2024.

Learning Outcomes

This course introduces architectures, models, protocols, and networking elements that connect users, devices, applications and data through the Internet and across modern computer networks - including IP addressing and Ethernet fundamentals.

By the end of the course, you will be able to build a simple local area network (LAN) using IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. You will know how to configure basic security and perform configurations for routers and switches. Additionally, you will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer software.

Student's Workload

135 h, which contains 50 h of scheduled contact studies.

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

Digital Electronics.


These course materials will assist you in developing the skills necessary to do the following:

Explain the advances in modern network technologies.
Implement initial settings including passwords, IP addressing, and default gateway parameters on a network switch and end devices.
Explain how network protocols enable devices to access local and remote network resources.
Explain how physical layer protocols, services, and network media support communications across data networks.
Calculate numbers between decimal, binary, and hexadecimal systems.
Explain how media access control in the data link layer supports communications across networks.
Explain how Ethernet operates in a switched network.
Explain how routers use network layer protocols and services to enable end-to-end connectivity.
Explain how ARP and ND enable communication on a local area network.
Implement initial settings on a router and end devices.
Calculate an IPv4 subnetting scheme to efficiently segment your network.
Implement an IPv6 addressing scheme.
Use various tools to test network connectivity.
Compare the operation of transport layer protocols in supporting end-to-end communication.
Explain the operation of the application layer in providing support to end-user applications.
Configure switches and routers with device hardening features to enhance security.
Troubleshoot connectivity in a small network.

Regional Impact

The CCNA curriculum helps students develop workforce readiness skills and builds a foundation for success in networking-related careers and degree programs.


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Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools

Online interactive learning material provided by Cisco Networking Academy: CCNA1 Introduction to Networks (ITN)

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Lectures. Hands-on labs and Cisco Packet Tracer network simulation activities. Videos, syntax checkers, interactive activities, quizzes and module group exams reinforce learning. Exams to measure learning outcomes.

Assessment Criteria

Grade 5: The student will understand most of the concepts discussed, will be able to apply them and is able to design, implement and test a small LAN with versatile services and is capable of demanding troubleshooting.
Grade 3: The student understands the concepts discussed in considerable part, will be able to apply them and is able to design, implement and test a small local area network with fundamental services, and is capable of troubleshooting.
Grade 1: The student understands the basic concepts of the subject treated, will be able to apply them and is able to implement and test a small local area network and is capable of simple troubleshooting.

Assessment Methods

Laboratory exercises, Module Group Exams, Practice Final Exams (2), Final Exam and Skills Exam.

Further Information

Responsible organization: VAMK