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Telecommunications and IT Network Engineering Advanced Diploma Program

Course Overview

This program teaches the essential professional level skills required for the design and implementation IP Networks in enterprise, service provider, and carrier environments.

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In addition students should learn how to plan and implement secure resilient IP networks, virtualised environments, Unified Communications systems, and be able to undertake high level design for modern data centres. The program teaches the related technical and planning skills that support these activities. The program contains 3 major projects. Each subject is structured as a self-standing professional course covering a specific topic in detail.

This course is offered online and on campus and is available to domestic and international students.

Qualifications Embedded In The Program

  • Certificate IV in Information Technology – Networking
  • Diploma of Information Technology – Networking
  • Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering

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Industry Certification 
A number of subjects included in this program cover the training requirements for specific industry certification programs. Successful completion of such a subject does not on its own entitle a student to the related certification. External certification exams must be passed in order to obtain the respective certifications. Fees will be charged by the certifying authorities. Information about how to obtain these certifications will be provided by the course instructors. While students are encouraged to obtain the related licences and certifications, these are not required to successfully complete the program and be granted the associated academic awards.


Section 1: IT & Networking Fundamentals

This subject teaches the skills and knowledge required to

  • participate in workplace occupational health and safety (OHS) consultative processes
  • analyze the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices
  • implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness

Topics include:

  • Establishing consultative processes
  • Obtaining and providing information about OHS issues
  • Raising OHS issues with others
  • Investigating current practices in relation to resource usage
  • Setting targets for improvements
  • Implementing performance improvement strategies

This subject provides students with an opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to service computer hardware, build a computer from parts, install and configure commonly used PC operating systems.
Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Identify all the parts of a PC
  • Discuss the functions and interactions of all PC subsystems
  • Identify and troubleshoot common PC hardware problems
  • Select quality PCs and constituent components based on performance and cost
  • Install, replace, and upgrade PC hardware components
  • Install and troubleshoot PC peripherals such as printers
  • Install and configure commonly used PC operating systems

In this subject, students should learn how to manage storage by creating simple, spanned, and striped volumes, and how to optimize file-system performance. Additionally, they will learn how to manage available disk space by using quotas. Students will work with Windows tools and services to determine the source of performance and reliability issues, and to troubleshoot these issues.

  • Plan and perform the installation of Windows 8.1
  • Install Windows 8.1 on computers that are running an existing operating system.
  • Configure disks, partitions, volumes, and device drivers in a Windows 8.1 system.
  • Configure network connectivity.
  • Install, configure, and maintain wireless network connections.
  • Implement Windows 8 technologies to secure network connections.
  • Share files and printers.
  • Implement tools and technologies that can help secure Windows 8 desktops.
  • Configure and control applications in Windows 8.1
  • Optimize and maintain Windows 8.1 based computers.
  • Configure mobile computer settings and to enable remote access.
  • Create and configure virtual machines in Hyper-V for Windows 8 and describe how to use it to support legacy applications.
  • Determine how to recover Windows 8.1 from various failures.
  • Describe how to use Windows PowerShell to manage Windows 8.1

This subject is delivered online. It explains the language and basic principles of networks. It also includes numerous interactive exercises to help teach and reinforce the information as well as test your knowledge and understanding of the topic. Upon completing this subject, you will have a working understanding of how networks work as well as the technologies that make networks possible

  • What is a network?
    • Network models
    • How data flows from one computer to another
    • Network addressing
  • Ethernet LANs
    • How Ethernet networks operate
    • Early Ethernet network devices, including hubs and bridges
    • Today’s Ethernet network devices, including switches and Virtual LANs (VLANs)
  • Routing basics
    • Layer 2 and 3 addressing
    • Interconnecting different broadcast domains using routers
    • Address resolution
    • How data is sent from one broadcast domain or network to another
  • IP addressing
    • Internet Protocol (IP)
    • IP addressing
    • Network masks
    • Working with binary numbers
    • Subnetting
    • Routing data through a network using longest match routing
  • WAN technologies
    • Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
    • Frame Relay
    • Asynchronous Transfer Mode(ATM)
    • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • Transport Layer protocols
    • User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
    • Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)

This subject covers the certification exam objectives of the Cisco CCNA.

  • Internetworking
  • Ethernet Networking and Data Encapsulation
  • Introduction to TCP/IP
  • Subnetting
  • Cisco’s Internetworking Operating System (IOS)
  • Managing a Cisco Internetwork
  • IP Routing
  • Layer 2 Switching and Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Virtual LANs (VLANs)
  • Security
  • Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Cisco’s Wireless Technologies
  • Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)
  • Wide Area Networks

This subject covers implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment.

The main topics are:

  • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Administering Windows Server 2012
  • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Install and Configure Windows Server 2012.
  • Describe AD DS infrastructure, and install and configure domain controllers.
  • Manage AD DS objects.
  • Automate AD DS administration.
  • Describe Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) addressing.
  • Describe installing and configuring Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), in addition to managing a DHCP database.
  • Describe name resolution for Windows operating system clients and Windows Server servers.
  • Describe implementing IPv6 addressing.
  • Describe implementing storage configuration options for Windows Server 2012.
  • Enable and configure file and print services in Windows Server 2012.
  • Describe implementing Group Policy.
  • Increase security in a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure by using Group Policy Objects, AppLocker, and Windows Firewall.
  • Describe Microsoft Virtualization technologies, including Hyper-V.
  • Implement a Group Policy infrastructure.
  • Manage user desktops with Group Policy.
  • Manage user and service accounts.
  • Configure and troubleshoot Domain Name System (DNS).
  • Configure and troubleshoot Remote Access.
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot the Network Policy Server (NPS) role.
  • Implement Network Access Protection (NAP).
  • Optimize file services.
  • Configure encryption and advanced auditing.
  • Deploy and maintain server images.
  • Implement Update Management.
  • Monitor Windows Server 2012.
  • Implement advanced network services.
  • Implement advanced file services.
  • Implement Dynamic Access Control.
  • Implement network load balancing (NLB).
  • Implement failover clustering.
  • Implement failover clustering with Hyper-V.
  • Implement disaster recovery.
  • Implement distributed Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) deployments.
  • Implement AD DS sites and replication.
  • Implement Active Directory Certification Services (AD CS).
  • Implement Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS).
  • Implement Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS).

6 Weeks
This is the capstone project for the course. The project provides students with the opportunity to integrate and coordinate their knowledge and skills within a substantial practical project. Students will have the opportunity to utilise the skills gained in the preceding subjects to produce tangible outputs. Students are required to design, plan and implement an enterprise network infrastructure that meets client business requirements. Students must demonstrate a high standard of technical ability, planning, and documentation skills.

Section 2: Virtualisation & Datacentre Design, Project

This subject covers the certification exam objectives of the Juniper Networks JNCIA – Junos certification. Topics include:

  • Junos Operating System Fundamentals
  • User Interface Options
  • Initial Configuration
  • Secondary System Configuration
  • Operational Monitoring and Maintenance
  • Routing Fundamentals
  • Routing Policy and Firewall Filters
  • Class of Service
  • Protocol-Independent Routing
  • Load Balancing and Filter-Based Forwarding
  • Open Shortest Path First
  • Border Gateway Protocol
  • IP Tunnelling
  • High Availability

This subject includes the Juniper Networks official courses covering the objectives of the JNCIS Enterprise and Security certification exams. These are; Junos Enterprise Switching, Junos Security, Junos Unified Threat Management.

  • Layer 2 Switching
  • Virtual Networks
  • Spanning Tree
  • Port Security
  • Device Security and Firewall Filters
  • High Availability
  • Zones
  • Security Policies
  • Firewall User Authentication
  • SCREEN Options
  • Network Address Translation
  • IPsec VPNs
  • Introduction to Intrusion Detection and Prevention
  • High Availability Clustering
  • UTM Overview
  • Antispam
  • Full File-Based Antivirus and Express Antivirus
  • Content Filtering and Web Filtering

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This subject provides students with MPLS-based virtual private network (VPN) knowledge and configuration examples. The course includes an overview of MPLS concepts such as control and forwarding plane, RSVP Traffic Engineering, LDP, Layer 3 VPNs, next-generation multicast virtual private networks (MVPNs), BGP Layer 2 VPNs, LDP Layer 2 Circuits, and virtual private LAN service (VPLS). This subject also covers Junos operating system-specific implementations of Layer 2 control instances and active interface for VPLS.

  • MPLS Fundamentals
  • Label Distribution Protocols
  • Constrained Shortest Path First
  • Traffic Protection and Optimization
  • Miscellaneous MPLS Features
  • VPN Review
  • Layer 3 VPNs
  • Basic Layer 3VPN Configuration
  • Troubleshooting Layer 3 VPNs
  • Layer 3 VPNs—Advanced Topics
  • Multicast VPNs
  • BGP Layer 2 VPNs
  • Layer 2 VPN Scaling and CoS
  • LDP Layer 2 Circuits
  • Virtual Private LAN Services
  • VPLS Configuration
  • Interprovider VPNs
  • Traffic engineered multicast MPLS for IPTV

Unified Communications is one of the fastest growing segments of the Information Technology and Telecommunications industry and is predicted to be a key driver in the expansion of business network infrastructure and network services. Information Technology professionals with an understanding of how to implement Unified Communications solutions are highly in demand and well placed for an exciting and rewarding career in this dynamic sector. The course covers Asterisk and the environment in which it operates, both in terms of operating system and telephony (traditional and IP) connections. This course will take you from a freshly installed Linux PC through to a fully configured and working Asterisk implementation.

  • Identify the purpose and primary functionality of Asterisk as a PBX and as an application development platform
  • List the functionality associated with a traditional PBX
  • Understand the history of Asterisk and its powerful open source community
  • Define the operating system environments in which Asterisk is developed and supported
  • Describe the telephony connections which Asterisk supports and identify the Digium hardware needed to enable this connectivity
  • Identify the basic characteristics of analog and digital PSTN connections and how VoIP compares and contrasts with these
  • Install and run Asterisk from the packages available for download from www.asterisk.org
  • Configure Asterisk to deliver basic PBX functionality, including basic call routing, voicemail and directory services

Students should learn to design and plan for the provisioning of telecommunications and data centre infrastructure that meets business requirements.

  • Describe the critical factors affecting data centre design
  • Analyse business requirements for data centre infrastructure
  • Analyse and plan for security and Tier level requirements
  • Calculate power, space and cooling requirements
  • Analyse and plan for sustainability requirements
  • Plan for site selection, space and cooling requirements
  • Develop project plans for the deployment of data centre infrastructure & facilities
  • Integrate sustainability requirements
  • Develop a detailed design brief for the provisioning of data centre equipment & facilities
  • Prepare high level drawings for project managers and engineers
  • Understand and apply copyright and ethics

This subject covers the key functions and components of VMware vSphere including the overall architecture, installation, vCenter and virtual machine management, networking, and Storage. Topics include:

  • VMware vSphere architecture and installation
  • Configuring Virtual Switches
  • VMware vStorage
  • VMware vCenter Server
  • Creating and working with Virtual Machines
  • Working with iSCSI SAN’s
  • Datacenters, clusters, and load balancing
  • Disaster recovery and high availability

After completing this subject, students should:

  • Understand cloud technologies, components and services. Differentiate between cloud and virtualization services
  • Understand the difference between Workstation and Server virtualisation, Type 1 and Type 2 Hypervisor
  • Understand NIC Teaming as applied to a virtual machine in a Hypervisor
  • Understand Thin Provisioning as applied to virtual storage in a Hypervisor
  • Understand vMotion as applied to a virtual cluster in the VMware Vsphere ESXi environment
  • Understand vCompute as applied to a virtual cluster in the VMware Vsphere ESXi environment
  • Understand Fault Tolerance as applied to a virtual cluster in a Hypervisor
  • Understand High Availability as applied to a virtual cluster in a Hypervisor
  • Understand the various terminologies / technologies used in a Hypervisor
  • Understand customer liaison, including site access and expected documentation for customer
  • Understand virtualisation management software and the ability to compare and contrast between products
  • Understand virtualised networking and how to plan for it

Students should be able to:

  • Research and analyse alternative virtualisation scenarios including a risk analysis and relative comparisons of each consideration
  • Research and discuss network bottlenecks in virtualisation / cloud technologies
  • Analyse existing infrastructure and design a virtualised replacement
  • Describe environmental requirements for virtualisation, including OHS requirements
  • Develop plans for installing servers, virtualisation OS and P2V migration
  • Implement and manage virtualisation infrastructure and technologies

Level Advanced
Duration 2 years
Branch Gold Coast
Seats Available 30

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