SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3G405244
Module Leader Dimitrios Liarokapis
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Routing Fundamentals (or Equivalent)

Summary of Content

This module provides coverage of the methods used for routing traffic across both large and small network infrastructures. The techniques examined, range from small scale static routing to the use of dynamic routing protocols (including BGP, OSPF and EIGRP). Students will learn to: understand key concepts associated with these technologies; select and implement advanced IP routing protocols; and gain practical experience through a programme of lab work.


Understand fundamental design models to improve scalability and redundancy. Introduction to static and dynamic routing protocols Develop practical skills and understanding with various dynamic routing protocols. Analyse route optimisation and filtering technics in controlling routing updates Introduction to service integration, security and redistribution

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of modern routing protocols (e.g. BGP, OSPF,EGIRP)Evaluate key concepts in modern scalable networksDevelop the ability to select and implement the technologies necessary to redistribute between multiple, advanced, IP routing protocols, given a network specificationUnderstand security and service level agreements that create the foundation for an enterprise network.

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

Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) Foundation Learning Guide Publisher: Cisco Press; Jan 2015 ISBN-10: 1587204568, ISBN-13: 978-1587204562 CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Official Certification Guide Publication Date: 9 Feb 2010 ISBN-10: 1587202530, ISBN-13: 978-1587202537 CCNP ROUTE Portable Command Guide ISBN-10: 1587202492, ISBN-13: 978-1587202490

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Written Examinaton
Coursework 1 2.00 30.00 35% Skills based lab exam