Core Module Information
Module title: Network Communications and Analysis

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

Module code: CSN09114
Module leader: Isam Wadhaj
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Cyber Security and Systems Engineering

Module Code CSN08102
Module Title Practical Networks 2
Examples of Equivalent Learning HND Computer Networking and Internet Technology;
Cisco CCNA;

Description of module content:

1. Introduction to wireless transmission
2. Data link control – error detection and correction
3. Introduction to network simulation tools.
4. Wireless MAC & Mobile Ad-hoc Networks
5. Network programming and discrete event simulation.
6. Concepts of software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation.
7. Introduction to wireless sensor and IoT communications
8. Introduction to Wireless Mesh Routing Protocols
9. High Mobility Networks

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Assess the mechanisms and principles of wireless network systems
LO2: Demonstrate understanding of network simulator techniques
LO3: Develop students’ skills into the basic concepts of mobility wireless networks
LO4: Investigate and evaluate the applications of different wireless technologies.
LO5: Understand the concepts of software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation.

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: Isam Wadhaj
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Students will be supported by lectures and seminars to develop skills on evaluation, self-reflection and research in the area of networked communications. In addition, the learning materials to support these activities will be made available via Moodle. Students will also be able to contact their tutor during the module for further support and/or guidance. This will primarily be electronic but an also be face-to-face by prior agreement.
The range of teaching and learning methods on this course covers all Learning Outcomes and will include:
•Tutor input during classroom sessions: lecture, tutorial, discussion (LOs 1-5)
•Guided reading via Module Study Guides, case study materials and internet sites (LOs 1-5)
•Facilitated reading and discussions via Moodle (LOs 1-5)
•Tutor and student input in class and electronically (LOs 1-5)
•Practical activities: case studies, exercises and network simulations (LOs 2-4)

Formative Assessment:
The lab based practicals follow up on the lecture material and provide continuous feedback from staff through discussions of the challenges presented. These challenges encourage students to test their understanding and are in the form of tasks which utilise network simulation tools, specialist diagnostic/development software and command line scripting. (LOs 1 -5)

Summative Assessment:
The first element is a coursework assignment (25%) in which the student submits a short research paper. This describes a practical networking solution developed during the laboratory sessions. (LO1, LO2)
The second element is also a coursework assignment (25%) in which the student submits a short research paper. This describes a theoretical networking solution. (LO3, LO4, LO5)

The final assessment element (50%) is a centrally timetabled exam (2 hours). (LO1, LO3, LO4, LO5)

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 20
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 142
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 25 1,2 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 25 3,4,5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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