SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2G424453
Module Leader Alireza Shahrabi-Farahani
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Computer Networking One

Summary of Content

This module will provide knowledge, understanding and the skills required to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise network. It will ensure students are ready to deploy the latest shifts in technologies and solutions.


Ethernet LANs Implementing Ethernet LANs LAN switching protocols IPv4 Routing Protocols Understanding IGP protocols Implementing IGP protocols Understanding and implementing EGP protocols WAN's Implementing traditional WAN technologies Private WAN's with Ethernet and MPLS Private WAN's with Internet VPN IPv4 Services Access Control Lists Quality of Service IPv6 Routing Protocols Understanding IPv6 routing protocols Implementing IPv6 routing protocols Network management Cloud computing Software defined networks and network programmibility

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:Demonstrate an understanding of LAN switching technologies, routing technologies, WAN technologies, infrastructure services and maintenance.Demonstrate the ability and skills required to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise network.Explain the concepts related to cloud computing, and Software Defined Networks

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 install, configure, operate and troubleshoot 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. In addition, students will be encouraged to access the Cisco Networking Academy interactive online learning environment providing curriculum, continuous self-assessment and an innovative hand-on online lab learning environment providing access to live 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 and grades will also be provided through the Cisco Networking Academy, for the coursework assignment undertaken as part of the module using GCU Learn. 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.

Indicative Reading

Wendell, Odum (2016) CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-105 Academic Edition, Cisco Press Cisco Networking Academy Programme CCNA3&4 <> Stevens Richard TCP/IP Illustrated Volume One

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Written exam. 3 questions from 5
Coursework 1 3.00 50.00 35% Lab Based Skills Assessment( create, configure and document a network to spcification)