Core Module Information
Module title: Practical Networks 2

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CSN08102
Module leader: Jim Jackson
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Cyber Security and Systems Engineering

Module Code To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed
Module Title Practical Networks 1
Examples of Equivalent Learning CCNA1 Introduction to Networks

Description of module content:

The module is aligned with Cisco CCNAv7 Switching, Routing & Wireless Essentials. Principal topics to be covered are:

Switching concepts
VLANs & Inter-VLAN Routing
Redundancy in Switched networks
Reliable networks
Secure Wireless Networks
Routing concepts
Static Routing IPv4/IPv6

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Develop insight into LAN switching techniques
LO2: Perform the configuration of VLANs to a given specification including inter-VLAN routing
LO3: Configure redundant and aggregated layer 2 links.
LO4: Configure available and reliable networks with DHCP and FHRP
LO5: Understand the issues of network security in wireless networks.
LO6: Understand and configure the operation of static routing rules.

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

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module will be delivered primarily via online materials. These will be based on industry-standard Cisco materials. Lectures will be used to introduce students to the subject area(LO1-6), and also to the CISCO materials. Students will work through the materials at their own pace during lab sessions(LO1-6). Staff will provide support during lab time.

Formative Assessment:
There are weekly formative challenges during the practicals, based around physical network hardware. Students are set network configuration tasks and assess the outcome by testing their target network using standard tools. Staff assist in directing the students to diagnose any problems or omissions. Students are required to maintain a logbook recording their practical work.

Students can also complete similar practical challenges via network emulation which allows them to work outside the lab in their own time getting automatic feedback on which configuration items within the network topology they have yet to complete.

Students have access to Cisco on-line teaching materials and these interactive elements and quizzes encourage students to test their understanding continuously.

The first two assessments are designed to be formative in their timing and selection of knowledge tested and the questions in the class tests are designed to highlight concepts and approaches that are important for the final integrative assessment. These two class tests are composed of multiple choice questions with negative marking.

Practice test questions are available with immediate, automated feedback prior to the assessed tests.
Students’ progress will be tracked via submissions and students who are experiencing difficulties will be identified and offered assistance.

Summative Assessment:
The practical skills assessment requires the students to complete a network configuration challenge using the network emulation package. The assessment tasks integrate the knowledge that the student has gained over the course of the module. It is two hours supervised and closed book but students are expected to refer to their practical lab logbooks during the assessment. Students do not have the precise details of the assessment beforehand but are given a brief to help them prepare.
Students are not able to see any feedback or view their completion scores during the assessment as would be the case when working with physical hardware.

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 144
Independent Learning Practical classes and workshops 12
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 30 1,2,3 6 HOURS= 01.00, WORDS= 0
Class Test 30 4,5,6 12 HOURS= 01.00, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 40 1,2,3,4,5,6 13 HOURS= 02.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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