Module title: Network Technology

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CSN11114
Module leader: Jim Jackson
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Cyber Security and Networking
Prerequisites

N/A

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: Jim Jackson
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The main learning and teaching methods focus on lectures (LOs 1, 2) and laboratory work (LOs 3, 4, 5), in equal proportions. Lecture material will be reinforced by practical work which allows the students to investigate for themselves the key features of network operation. Use of specialist teaching facilities in the School of Computing laboratories will enable exploratory work to be conducted to promote understanding of the consequences of system misconfiguration. Specialist vendor software will allow for the use of simulation to support experimentation without the time issues of interconnecting real hardware.

The VLE will be used as an integral part of the teaching approach. Materials will be provided by this mechanism. Also, software, such as simulated models of networks will be made available in this way, enabling students to conduct some of the configuration work remotely.

Assessment (formative or summative)
This module necessarily involves imparting information that can be most appropriately assessed by standard class tests and exams. Two class tests will be conducted during the course of the module. The first will occur early enough in the module for students to be able to gauge their progress and will be a 1 hour, closed-book test occurring in the laboratory time scheduled for the module and will be worth 25% of the marks for the module. (LO 1 & 2)
The second test will be a design exercise which will include a 2 hour practical configuration (worth 25%) where the student’s network plan is implemented and tested in a simulation. (LO 3 & 4)
There will be a formal exam of two hours at the end of the module worth 50% of the marks. (LO 1, 2 & 5)


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
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 138
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 25 1,2 7 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 25 3,4 13 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,2,5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module covers Networking fundamentals, such as data signalling principles, layer 2 addressing and media sharing. Internet technology, including IP addressing and the role of TCP will be covered, as will network planning. The implementation side will cover router operations and configuration as well as broadcast domains, switches and VLANs. Finally, the module will cover emerging networking areas of Wireless and mobile networks.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Critically engage with the abstract layered approach to networks in current professional practice.

LO2: Demonstrate systematic knowledge of a diverse range of networking techniques.

LO3: Investigate and evaluate the application of different approaches to network organisation and management

LO4: Critically analyse the deployment of advanced technologies in the design of scalable network systems

LO5: Research the problems associated with delivering secure and reliable network infrastructures.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - CISCO SYSTEMS (2004) CCNA 1 AND 2 COMPANION GUIDE: CISCO PRESS, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 97815871319
Core - TODD LAMMLE CCNA: CISCO CERTIFIED NETWORK ASSOCIATE STUDY GUIDE: SYBEX, 6th ed. - ISBN: 97804701109
Core - WAYNE LEWIS (2008) LAN SWITCHING AND WIRELESS: CISCO PRESS, 1st ed. - ISBN: 97815871320
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