INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER NETWORKING

SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1I123905
Module Leader Stephen Barr
School INTO
Subject INTO
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and operations of routers and switches in a small network. It details the principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. Students will gain practical experience in the investigation of Internetworks in a programme of laboratory work and tutorial study, including exposure to relevant case studies.

Syllabus

1 Exploring the Network 1.1 Globally Connected 1.2 LANs, WANs, and the Internet 1.3 The Network as a Platform 1.4 The Changing Network Environment 2 Configuring a Network Operating System 2.1 Addressing Schemes 3 Network Protocols and Communications 3.1 Rules of Communication 3.2 Network Protocols and Standards 3.3 Moving Data in the Network 4 Network Access 4.1 Physical and Data Link Layer Protocols 4.2 Media Access Control 5 Ethernet 5.1 Ethernet Protocol 5.2 Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) 5.3 LAN Switches 6 Basic Network Layer and Transport Layer Protocols 7 IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing Schemes 7.1 Subnetting an IPv4 Network 7.2 Design Considerations for IPv6 8 Routing Concepts 10.1 Initial Configuration of a Router 10.2 Routing Decisions 10.3 Router Operation 9 Static Routing 12.1 Static Routing Implementation 12.2 Configure Static and Default Routes

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:Understand and describe the role of protocol layers in data networksUnderstand and describe the importance of addressing and naming schemes at various layers of data networks in IPv4 environmentsDesign, calculate, and apply subnet masks and addresses to fulfil given requirements in IPv4 networksExplain fundamental Ethernet concepts such as media, services, and operationsBuild a simple Ethernet network using routers and switchesUse Cisco command-line interface (CLI) commands to perform basic router and switch configurationsUtilize common network utilities to verify small network operations and analyse data trafficUnderstand and describe the purpose, nature, and operations of a router, routing tables, and the route lookup process

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The course will be presented as a programme of lectures supported by tutorials and associated practical work. Case study questions will be used in tutorials in order to foster a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts by allowing students to apply knowledge to complex situations. An extensive programme of lab work will be used to ensure the students develop practical skills. Students are directed to read appropriate texts and articles to consolidate their knowledge of the topics covered.

Indicative Reading

Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-101 Official Cert Guide; April 2013, ISBN-10: 1587143852, ISBN-13: 978-1587143854; Edition: 1 Networking Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide. Dye, Mark, McDonald, Rick Rufi, Antoon. 1st Edition; Published Oct 29th 2007. ISBN: 978-1-58713-208-7. McQuerry, Steven. Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices, Part 1 (ICND1): CCNA Exam 640-802 and ICND1 Exam 640-822, 2nd Edition, Published December 2007. ISBN: 13: 978-1-58705-462-4. Stevens, W. Richard. TCP/IP Illustrated: the Protocols, Volume One, Addison Wesley 29th Printing, May 2007. ISBN:0201633469. M. Dye, R. McDonald and A. Rufi, "LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide", Cisco Press 2008. ISBN: 1-58713-207-9 L. Peterson, and B. Davie, "Computer Networks: A System Approach", Morgan Kaufmann, 4th Ed., 2007. ISBN: 0-12-370548-4 R. Siefert and J. Edwards, "The All-new Switch Book: The Complete Guide to LAN Switching Technologies", 2nd Ed.,Wiley, 2008. ISBN: 978-0470287156

Transferrable Skills

D1 Critical thinking and problem solving D3 Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject D4 Learning style and orientation to learning D5 Time management: organising and planning work D6 Independent working D7 Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development D12 IT skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 4.00
Independent Learning (FT) 136.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 2.00 50.00 35% Lab Based Test
Exam (School) 2.00 50.00 35% Class Test