SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1I124450
Module Leader Dimitrios Liarokapis
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • A (September 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.


Networking Fundamentals Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model and basic network devices Ethernet fundamentals Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) IP addressing Subnetting Variable length subnet masking (VLSM) and summarisation Routing Routing process Router operation and configuration Static, default and dynamic routing Routing protocols Switching Switching process Switch operation and configuration Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) VLAN design and segmentation Inter-VLAN routing Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) Services Fundamentals of network perimeter security Access Control Lists (ACLs) Network Address Translation (NAT) Introduction to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) IPv6 addressing and subnetting IPv6 routing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:Understand and describe the fundamental concepts relating to the architecture, structure, functions, components and models of the Internet and other computer networks.Understand and describe Ethernet LAN concepts and Layer 2 protocols: design, VLANs and troubleshooting.Explain the principles and structure of IP addressing (IPv4 & IPv6) and design an IP addressing scheme.Describe and configure the architecture, components and operation of routers and switches in a small network.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning and teaching will take place through a variety of mechanisms, including lectures and practical sessions, research into current developments and issues, and case studies. This module emphasises an active "hands-on" approach to learning. Case studies will be used formatively in tutorials throughout the module in order to promote the application of knowledge to specific problems and to facilitate discussion. Topics will be introduced in lectures and discussed through guided inquiry learning activities. Key concepts of knowledge and understanding will be re-enforced and consolidated through the critical analysis and discussion of case studies that are designed to explain and elaborate both on lecture and laboratory content. Additionally, directed learning will reinforce essential theory and place understanding into context. Independent study will be encouraged to satisfy the student's own interests. A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will also be used that will provide access to a range of relevant learning resources and materials to enhance the teaching strategy. Managed blended learning environments will be used to consider material and provide the capability for reflection on material related to learning outcomes. The subject discipline is continuously developing, evolving and changing and as a result students will be expected to keep up to date with developments through independent research. Students will be encouraged to adopt an independent learning style, acquiring and applying knowledge through their own research and enquiry, supported by a series of guided activities and exercises. Students will be encouraged to share findings of their research through discussions and participation in on-line forums.

Indicative Reading

Wendell, Odum (2016) CCENT/CCNA Routing and Switching ICND1 100-105 Academic Edition, Cisco Press

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

Assessment Methods

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