SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H624494
Module Leader Anand Philip
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Routing Fundamentals (or Equivalent

Summary of Content

This module provides coverage of the design and implementation of campus networks using a variety of widely available LAN technologies (including Spanning Tree Protocol, Virtual LANs, trunking, layer 3 switching, and resiliency features). Students will learn to: - Understand key concepts associated with these technologies; -Select and implement appropriate technologies to solve business problems; -and gain practical experience through a programme of lab work.


Understand fundamental campus design models to improve scalability and redundancy. Introduction to Virtual LANs and Spanning tree protocols Develop practical skills and understanding with various First hop redundancy router protocols. Introduction to service integration and security

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Campus Networks and Design Models- apply the techniques and tools presented to implement complex switch configurations- evaluate the implementation of VLANs, STP and routing between VLANs- analyze Multi-Layer Switching and HSRP and how to implement them- evaluate multicast routing protocols

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The university 'Strategy for Learning' documentation has informed the learning and teaching strategy for this module. The module's material will be introduced through lectures, while practical laboratory exercises, based on lecture material, will be given to students whereby the will experiment with, tools and techniques to assess the security posture of systems & network infrastructures. Tutorials will be used to help explain and elaborate on both the lecture material and the laboratory exercises. All lecture, tutorial and laboratory material will be available on GCU Learn and links will be provided to appropriate external material such as podcasts, videos and literature. GCU Learn will also be used to provide the students with module specific forums and wiki's to stimulate student and lecturer interaction out-with the normal lecture, laboratory and tutorial session. In addition, students will be encouraged to access NETLAB, an innovative hands-on online lab learning environment providing access to live systems and network devices. During all laboratory and tutorial sessions students will receive formative feedback on their performance in undertaking the laboratory and tutorial exercises. Summative feedback can be obtained for the coursework and final written exam undertaken as part of the module.

Indicative Reading

CCNP Routing and Switching Switch 300-115 Official CERT Guide, By David Hucaby Published by Cisco Press. Series: Self-Study Guide. ISBN-10: 1587205602 ISBN-13: 978-1587205606 Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI) (Authorized Self-Study Guide), 3rd Edition By Diane Teare, Catherine Paquet. Published by Cisco Press. Series: Self-Study Guide. ISBN-10: 1-58705-223-7; ISBN-13: 978-1-58705-223-1; Published: Dec 26, 2006; Copyright 2007; Dimensions 7-3/8x9-1/8; Pages: 864; Edition: 3 rd

Transferrable Skills

C1 Logical thinking and problem solving C2 Critical analysis D1 Communication skills (Electronic, written, oral and listening) necessary to make effective presentation of a technical nature (information, ideas, problems and their solutions) to a range of audiences. D2 Numeracy in both understanding and presenting cases involving a quantitative dimension. E2 Creativity, innovation and independent thinking. E3 Appreciating and desiring the need for reflection and planning for self - learning and improving performance as the foundation for CPD and Life long learning. E6 Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). E7 Interpersonal skills, the ability to work as a member of a team (work with and relate effectively to others) recognising

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 144.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 2.00 40.00 35% Skills based lab exam
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 60.00 35% Unseen written exam