Module title: Applied Cisco Networking (Security/Wireless)

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

Module code: CSN08104
Module leader: Rameez Asif
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Computer Systems
Prerequisites

Module codes: CSN07101 & CSN07102

2018/9, 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: Rameez Asif
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
• Students can either download or use the online version of the simulator software (NetworkSims). The package also contains tests, stimulating challenges and demonstration movies. [LO1, LO2]
• The module will use a range of networking challenges where students study using the NetworkSims package, which produces a novel challenge each time the program is run.
• The NetworkSims package contains a completely managed learning environment, where the students can track their performance, and then use this in the practical assessments.
• In practical sessions, the students will engage with hands-on configuration and testing challenges.
• The lecture material will present some of the key fundamentals areas of wireless and security for the MCQ test, along with practical demonstration of wireless/security configurations. [all LOs]
• The on-line tests will assess practical skills in wireless and security device configuration [LO1 and LO2]. The NetworkSims package provides an environment for students to practice on before taking the assessment.


Assessment (formative or summative)
There will be two methods of assessment:

• Two computerised practical tests [50%]. This will use a novel assessment method (Buchanan, 2006) which involves measuring the performance of a student in terms of assessment metrics, such as time taken to complete the test, the approach taken, fault-finding skills, and so on. There will be two on-line practical tests, with the students receiving their indicative grade almost immediately. [LO1 and LO2]
• Moodle-based Multiple Choice Question test [50%]: This relates to the fundamental theory and practice material covered primarily by the lectures.

The marks achieved in these three tests will combine to produce the final grade of the module


Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

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 Groupwork (Independent Study) 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 50 2,3 13 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 25 1,2 7 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 25 1,2 11 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The aim of the module is to provide a practical foundation in configuring Cisco wireless and security equipment. It uses the NetworkSims software, which has been developed within the School of Computing, and is innovative in its approach of teaching Cisco device configuration as well as real Cisco equipment such as Aironet access points. The main syllabus relates to theory and a series of hands-on practical challenges for wireless and security configuration. For the wireless element, the module covers: Radio port settings (RTS/CTS, Handshaking, and so on); SSID configuration; Power control; Network parameters; VLANs; Authentication/Encryption; Services/standby; Inter-VLAN; and Fault-finding/Debug. For the security part of the module it provides an introduction to network security, WiFi security protocols, filtering and firewalling and as VLANs. Configuration of the following in wireless Cisco equipment is also covered; Service setup; Port configuration; Logging; HTTP/TELNET/Console Services; Interface Names; Static routes; Usernames and Passwords; SNMP; and so on.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1:Demonstrate insight into the operation of Cisco IOS for wireless access points, and to configure them for key parameters.

LO2:Understand and be able to apply security measures across all aspects of wireless networks

LO3:Understand the principles of computer networks and operation of wireless networks

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - ROSHAN P AND LEARY J (2004) FUNDAMENTALS OF WIRELESS LANS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING, DESIGNING, AND OPERATING 802.11 WLANS: CISCO PRESS, 1st ed. - ISBN: 1587050773
Core - NETWORKSIMS NETWORKSIMS, 1st ed.
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