SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3I123243
Module Leader Anand Philip
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of the module is to enable students to perform the conceptual, intermediate, and detailed design of a network infrastructure that supports desired network solutions over intelligent network services, in order to achieve effective performance, scalability, and availability. This module enables students, by applying solid Cisco network solution models and recommended design practices, to provide viable, stable enterprise internetworking solutions. The module presents concepts and examples that are necessary to design converged enterprise networks. Advanced network infrastructure technologies, such as virtual private networks (VPNs) and other security solutions, are also covered. Students will gain practical experience in the investigation of network design process in a programme of laboratory work and tutorial study, including exposure to relevant case studies.


-360b7 Cisco Network Architectures for the Enterprise -360b7 Introduction to the Cisco enterprise architecture. b7 How the Cisco enterprise architecture is used to design enterprise networks. b7 Cisco six-phase network lifecycle methodology: prepare, plan, design, implement, operate, and optimize -360b7 Enterprise Campus Network Designs -360b7 Design enterprise campus network infrastructures. b7 Designing high availability in the enterprise campus. b7 Designing an Optimum Design for Layer 2. b7 Developing an Optimum Design for Layer 3. b7 Infrastructure service considerations, including IP telephony, Quality-of-Service (QoS)., and Cisco Catalyst Integrated Security features -360b7 Advanced WAN Services Designs -360b7 Advanced WAN Service Layers. b7 Enterprise Optical Interconnections. b7 End-to-End QoS. b7 Application Performance Across the WAN. -360b7 Enterprise Data Centre Designs -360b7 Data Centre Architecture Overview. b7 Data Centre Core Layer Design. b7 Aggregation Layer Design. b7 Designing the Access Layer. b7 Scaling the Data Centre Architecture. -360b7 Storage Area Network (SAN) Designs -360b7 SAN Components and Technologies. b7 Designing SAN and SAN Extension. -360b7 E-Commerce Module Designs -360b7 Designing High Availability for E-Commerce. b7 Using a Server as an Application Gateway. b7 Common E-Commerce Design Topologies for Connecting to Multiple Internet Service Providers (ISPs). b7 Distributed Data Centres. -360b7 Network service designs for security considerations -360b7 Designing Firewalls. b7 Designing Network Admission Control (NAC) Services. b7 Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) and Intrusion Detection System (IDS) Overview. -360b7 Virtual Private Network (VPN) Designs -360b7 Designing Remote-Access VPNs. b7 Introduction to IPsec and S SL VPN: Explore basic concept and technologies. b7 Remote-Access VPN Design Considerations. b7 Designing Site-to-Site VPNs. -360b7 IP Multicast Designs -360b7 IP Multicast Technologies. b7 Multicast with Layer 2 Switches. b7 Securing IP Multicast.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:Introduce the Cisco Network Architectures for the Enterprise and explain how this concept addresses enterprise network needs for performance, scalability, and availability.Describe how the Cisco Network Architectures for the Enterprise can be used as a framework for designing enterprise networks.Create conceptual, intermediate, and detailed enterprise campus network designs.Create conceptual, intermediate, and detailed enterprise data centre designs.Create conceptual, intermediate, and detailed enterprise edge and remote infrastructure designs.Create conceptual, intermediate, and detailed network service designs for security considerations.Create conceptual, intermediate, and detailed VPN designs.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The course material will be introduced through lectures, while practical exercises, based on the lecture material, will be given to students for their laboratory sessions. Tutorials will be used to help explain and elaborate on both the lecture material and the laboratory exercises. The practical work and coursework will be based around the integrating case study.

Indicative Reading

-360b7 S. R. Wilkins, Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) Foundation Learning Guide, 3rd Ed., Cisco Press, 2012. -360b7 J. Tiso, Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) Foundation Learning Guide, 3rd Ed., Cisco Press, 2012. b7 M. Dye, R. McDonald, and A. Rufi, Networking Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide. 1st Ed., Cisco Press, 2007. b7 Additional Reading: -360b7 Stevens, W. Richard. TCP/IP Illustrated: the Protocols, Volume One, Addison Wesley 29 th Printing, May 2007.

Transferrable Skills

D1 Critical thinking and problem solving D2 Cognitive/intellectual skills 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 D9 Information Retrieval Skills D10 Communication skills, written, oral and listening D11 Group working D12 IT Skills

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 60.00 35% Official Examination
Exam (School) 2.00 40.00 35% Lab-based Examination