This work discusses network management laboratory design and implementation at the University of Wollongong in the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering in years of 2002 and 2003 for a final year specialisation subject called telecommunication network management for telecommunications engineering students. The design and implementation included that of a network management GUI incorporating the fundamental aspects and functionality of the simple network management protocol (SNMP). The operational code of the SNMP is based on freely available software (joesnmp). This paper outlines how joesnmp was used to develop a suitable network management GUI, which is used to develop laboratory exercises for undergraduate engineering students. This laboratory, undertaken by the students, in parallel with the theoretical information presented in lectures was a useful aid in the development of the students understanding of network management protocols.