SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMI126241
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 aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to determine appropriate design choices for IP multicast routing (PIM, IGMP) and wide area networking technologies.


Multicast Addressing Layer 2 Multicast addressing Layer 3 Multicast addressing, scoping Layer 2 multicast IGMP, IGMP snooping Layer 3 Multicast routing Reverse path forwarding (RPFfailure, RPF failure with tunnel interface). IPv4 protocol independent multicast (PIM dense, sparse, sparse-dense mode, Static RP, auto-RP, BSR, Bidirectional PIM, Source-specific multicast, Group to RP mapping, Multicast boundary). Implement and troubleshoot multicast source discovery protocol (Intra-domain MSDP (anycast RP), SA filter). Multicast Filtering ACLs IGMP filtering Auto-RP filtering Multicast Boundary WAN Technologies HDLC PPP (authentication, multilink, Apply troubleshooting methodologies Diagnose the root cause of networking issue (analyze symptoms, identify and describe root cause) Design and implement valid solutions according to constraints Verify and monitor resolution Interpret packet capture (Using wireshark trace analyzer,Using IOS embedded packet capture).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1 - critically analyze layer 2 and layer 3 multicast technologies and determine appropriate design choices based on this analysis.2 - evaluate the workings of multicast technologies at an advanced level.3 - design and implement complex IP multicast topologies.4 - evaluate the relationship between layer 3 unicast and multicast topologies and predict issues caused by their interaction.5 - design and implement solutions based using WAN technologies such as HDLC and the point to point protocol (PPP).6 - critically analyse complex problem scenarios and deploy appropriate solutions

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The course will be presented as a programme of lectures supported by tutorials and associated practical work. Students are directed to read appropriate texts and articles to consolidate their knowledge of the topics covered. Materials will be made available for students who are taking the programme through Distance or Flexible learning and to improve accessibility in accordance with the University's Strategy for Learning 2015-2020. The flipped classroom learning strategy is used in the delivery of this module. Learning materials, lecture content and references are made available to students for review prior to classes using online tools such as GCULearn. A seminar format is used in class to facilitate the development of critical analysis and problem solving using case studies and realistic examples for discussion. This approach also facilitates the integration of formative assessment and feedback into module delivery through the use of GCULearn (and other) tools.

Indicative Reading

Fall, K. R. Stevens, W.R (2011), TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1, 2nd edition,Addison Wesley. Comer, D.E. (2013), Internetworking with TCP/IP, 6th edition, Pearson. Williamson, B. (2001) Developing IP Multicast Networks, Volume I, Cisco Press. Doyle, J.Carroll, J. (2005) Routing TCP/IP: volume 2, Cisco Press.

Transferrable Skills

D1 Time management: organising, prioritising and planning work D2 Independent working and self reliance D3 Reviewing and evaluating own learning, strengths and weaknesses D4 Presentational skills D5 Commercial Awareness D6 Team working and Interpersonal Skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 104.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 2.00 50.00 45% Class Test (Digital assessment)
Exam (Dept) 01 2.00 50.00 45% Practical Case Study (Lab test)