Module title: Networked Services

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CSN09101
Module leader: Gordon Russell
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Cyber Security and Networking


2019/0, Trimester 1, 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: Gordon Russell
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and Teaching Methods Including Their Alignment to LOs
The general approach in this module is to make use of lectures to give examples and case studies. These highlight the need for particular approaches and techniques, and make use of commands to tackle the issues presented. The tutorials follow up on the lectures, providing syntax and practice on the situations and commands discussed. This allows the lectures to minimise detailed discussions on command syntax, flags, and other detailed implementation issues, even though at its heart, system administration is a very practical activity.
An example of the case-study approach might be a lecture on forging email ‘from’ fields, so that the email may appear to come from someone other than the sender. The lecture explains how email is sent and packaged, then demonstrates how email can be forged using no more than the telnet. The tutorials would then allow the students to investigate the variations of syntax which the commands involved can utilise, produce fake emails within a safe and isolated environment, then work on email server configurations to minimise or prevent fake emails.
All practicals take place in an online learning environment (, which provides administrative access to virtual machines within a safe virtual networking environment. It also uses integrated practical assessments which are automatically graded with feedback. This allows students to work flexibly when required.

Formative Assessment:

Summative Assessment:

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 148
Face To Face Centrally Timetabled (Digital) Exam 4
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 50 1,2,3 10 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Class Test 50 1-5 13 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will be given a review/introduction to the Linux files system and command shell, and will study the basics of user administration (account management), key elements of the Linux architecture, server network management, server security, gateway security, web server configuration, DNS, and administration troubleshooting.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Analyse and implement operating system configurations, e.g. Linux

LO2: Analyse and implement web server configurations, e.g. Apache

LO3: Analyse and implement network and server security, e.g. firewall configurations.

LO4: Critically assess methodologies for high performance and high-reliability environments

LO5: Critically assess the nature and substance of topical issues in the field.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Network Services CSN09101