Core Module Information
Module title: Practical Networks 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CSN07102
Module leader: Matthew Broadbent
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Cyber Security and Systems Engineering


Description of module content:

The module is aligned with the industry standard CCNA Routing & Switching syllabus ‘Introduction to Networks. Principal topics to be covered are:

Network Protocols and Communications
Configuring a Network Operating System
Network Access
Network Layer
Transport Layer
IP Addressing
Subnetting IP Networks.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Gain an appreciation of the means by which Ethernet networks transmit data
LO2: Compare the properties of different types of network media
LO3: Outline an overview of the TCP/IP protocol suite
LO4: Understand the devices, configuration commands and services required to maintain secure networks
LO5: Design, calculate, and apply subnet masks and addresses to fulfil given requirements in IPv4 and IPv6 networks
LO6: Undertake basic network design using routers and switches.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Matthew Broadbent
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Lectures will cover the relevant principles (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). The module will also be supported by online materials. These will be based on CISCO materials. Students will work through the online and practical materials at their own pace during lab sessions (LO 1, 3, 4, 5, 6). Staff will provide support during lab time

Formative Assessment:
There will be weekly formative challenges during the practicals, and continuous feedback given by staff through discussions in the labs.
These challenges include tasks based on the standard network diagnostic utilities common in most operating systems but also more specialist tools e.g. packet capture and protocol analysis.

Network planning and configuration exercises are completed via network emulation which provides students with many separate challenges. Students can get automatic feedback on which configuration items within the network topology they have yet to complete.

The opportunity to use physical hardware for one practical lab is arranged separately from timetabled practicals.
Students have access to Cisco on-line teaching materials and these interactive elements and quizzes encourage students to test their understanding continuously.

Practice test questions are available with immediate, automated feedback prior to the assessed tests.

Summative Assessment:
Assessment is via class tests composed of short answer questions (LO 1, 2, 3, 4).

These will be of similar scope and nature to the CISCO examinations, but will be set to meet the requirements of the modules’ LOs.

The second class test (60%) has a practical configuration element which integrates the teaching material with the lab experience (LO 4, 5, 6).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 153
Face To Face Tutorial 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 40 1,2,3,4 7 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Class Test 60 4,5,6 15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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