SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1I125225
Module Leader Dimitrios Liarokapis
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • B (January 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 relevant case studies. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the proportion of the Activity Types which take place off campus, is 78%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 0%.


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:1). Understand and describe the fundamental concepts relating to the architecture, structure, functions, components and models of the Internet and other computer networks.2). Understand and describe Ethernet LAN concepts and Layer 2 protocols: design, VLANs and troubleshooting.3). Explain the principles and structure of IP addressing (IPv4 & IPv6) and design an IP addressing scheme.4). Describe and configure the architecture, components and operation of routers and switches in a small network.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Work Based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning in the workplace. The Learning and Teaching Strategy is informed by the University's Strategy for Learning. The course material will be introduced through online presentations as well as guided reading material made available on GCULearn. These are supported by practical exercises, and there will be seminars on campus which will allow students to discuss key concepts and issues with peers and tutors. Students will be expected to undertake a significant level of independent study within the workplace, including practical activities, and links will be provided to appropriate external material such as articles, podcasts and videos to supplement the module content. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon the theoretical learning within the workplace and the application of newly learned concepts to the work environment, and this will form part of the module assessment. Students will receive feedback on their performance throughout the module through undertaking the practical assignments and tutorial exercises and participating in the seminars.

Indicative Reading

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

Transferrable Skills

Logical thinking and problem solving Critical analysis 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. Numeracy in both understanding and presenting cases involving a quantitative dimension. Creativity, innovation and independent thinking. Appreciating and desiring the need for reflection and planning for self-learning and improving performance as the foundation for CPD and Life long learning. Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). 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
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 108.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

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