Core Module Information
Module title: Practical Networks

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

Module code: CSN07402
Module leader: Isam Wadhaj
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Cyber Security and Systems Engineering


Description of module content:

You will begin by learning the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. You then progress through the fundamental concepts of Ethernet, network media and the protocol layer model before the structure of IP addressing is introduced. By the end of the module, you will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes. This will be further extended to advanced topics, such as VLANs, and the application of knowledge to the task of network administration in a small network. You will also gain an awareness of security and privacy issues, and an awareness of how it relates to networking policies.

The module is aligned with the industry standard CCNA Routing & Switching syllabus ‘Introduction to Networks. Principal topics to be covered include Network Protocols and Communications, Configuring a Network Operating System, Network Access, Ethernet, Network Layer, Transport Layer, IP Addressing, Subnetting IP Networks, Basic Switching concepts and configuration, VLANs, Routing Concepts, Confidentiality and data transmission risks, Static Routing, Inter-VLAN Routing , Routing Dynamically, Single-Area OSPF, Access Control Lists, and DHCP.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Understand the basics of networking protocols, Ethernet transmission, and IP and IPv6.
LO2: Undertake network design using routers and switches.
LO3: Configure routers and switches to support a range of topology requirements.
LO4: Understand and configure advanced topology management protocols, including dynamic routing, DHCP, VLANS, and NAT.
LO5: Understand the essential issues of network security and apply security techniques using ACLs, and how that relates to information assurance policy and risk management.

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: Isam Wadhaj
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The student is required to be employed as a Graduate Apprentice based in and around Edinburgh to be eligible to complete this module, in this format. This module is offered in day release (GA) study mode and will be delivered during the period that students are attending classes from 9 am to 5 pm, one day per week. The delivery of the module is in line with normal university delivery models. The traditional lecture materials will be delivered in a blended form using online materials, while in-class time is devoted to practical exercises, projects, or discussions. The module is designed around online and student-centred learning in practice with an emphasis on building a learning community. The module is introduced by an induction workshop which introduces students to the online resources and explains the assessment process.

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). Staff will provide support during lab time.

Formative Assessment:
To support formative feedback, the Cyber Security and Networks subject group utilise a lab based teaching approach across their provision. During these lab sessions, staff will discuss and evaluate student progress and provide feedback on how well they are progressing with their work. The formative exercises shall also lead students towards the summative assessments.

Summative Assessment:
Formal assessment will be 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 3,4, 5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 149
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 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 8 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 60 3,4,5 13 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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