SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2G405208
Module Leader Alireza Shahrabi-Farahani
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Intro to Computer Systems and Networks (or Equivalent)

Summary of Content

This module provides coverage of the fundamentals of wide area technologies (including circuit switched, packet switched and dedicated protocols) and explores the role of the router in providing connectivity between heterogeneous networks and in the best path selection for routing traffic between networks. Students will learn to understand the key concepts related to static and dynamic routing protocols. Practical experience of basic router configuration will be provided through a programme of lab work.


Router Architecture -Router Components and Cabling -Internal Router Components -External Router Components -Router Management Ports Basic device operation -Router Boot Sequence -Managing Cisco Router IOS -Router File System -Managing software Images and Configuration Files Managing a router Discovering Neighbors Using CDP CDP Protocol Operations Information Learned by CDP Configuring and Verifying CDP Operations Creating a Network Map Using CDP Information Additional CDP Verification and Troubleshooting Commands Basic IP routing -Introduction to Static and Connected IP Routes -Learning Connected Routes -Static Routes -Dynamic Routing Overview -Terminology Related to Routing Protocols -Routing Protocol Functions -Interior and Exterior Routing Protocols -How Routing Protocols Work: Routing Protocol Algorithms -Routing Protocols Overview Distance Vector Routing Protocols -Network Discovery -Routing Table Maintenance -Routing Loops -RIPV1, Distance Vector, Classful Routing Protocol -Basic RIPv1 Configuration -VLSM and CIDR -Route Summarisation -RIPv2 -Configuring RIPv2 -EIGRP -Basic EIGRP Configuration -EIGRP Metric Calculation -Dual -More EIGRP Confirguration Routing Table -The Routing Table Structure -Routing Table Lookup Process -Routing Behaviour -Chapter Summary Link-State Routing Protocols -Implementing Link-State Routing Protocols -OSPF -Basic OSPF Metric -The OSPF Metric -OSPF and Multi-access Networks

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:Design a small routed network appropriate to a given situation Configure IP addresses, subnet masks, and gateway addresses on routers and hostsCompare the characteristics of routing protocolsExplain the process of path determination in a router

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The course material will be introduced through lectures, while practical exercises, based on the lecture material, will be given to students for their laboratory sessions. Tutorials will be used to help explain and elaborate on both the lecture material and the laboratory exercises.

Indicative Reading

Odom, Wendel (2006) Routers and Routing Basics CCNA 2 Companion Guide (Cisco Networking Academy Program), Cisco Press Cisco Systems (2003) Internetworking Technologies Handbook, 4th ed, Cisco Press Lewis, Wayne (2006) Switching Basics and Intermediate Routing CCNA 3 Companion Guide (Cisco Networking Academy Program) Cisco Press McFarlane, James (2006) Network Routing Basics: Understanding IP Routing in Cisco Systems, Wiley

Transferrable Skills

D1 Time management: organising, prioritising and planning work. D2 Independent working and self-reliance D3 Reviewing and evaluation own learning, strengths and weaknesses D6 Team working and Interpersonal skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 120.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Written exam
Coursework 1 0.00 30.00 35% Practical based assignment