SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3G405256
Module Leader Anand Philip
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Routing Fundamentals (or Equivalent)

Summary of Content

This module provides coverage of the design and implementation of campus networks using a variety of widely available LAN technologies (including Spanning Tree Protocol, Virtual LANs, trunking, layer 3 switching, Wireless LANs and resiliency features). Students will learn to: understand key concepts associated with these technologies; select and implement appropriate technologies to solve business problems; and gain practical experience through a programme of lab work.


Campus network and design models -Traditional campus networks -Evolving campus structure -Characteristics of major switching technologies -LAN switching and the hierarchical model of network design -Enterprise Composite model Virtual LANs (VLANs) -Basic concepts -Types of VLANs and their characteristics -Trunking Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) -Basic IEEE 802.1D STP (theory and operation) -STP processes -STP optimization -MSTP, Rapid STP -STP based load balancing techniques -STP effects on VLAN operation Routing between VLANs -Concepts (vlan interfaces) -Performance issues -Methods (router on a stick, layer 3 switching) -CEF and optimization of inter-VLAN routing Resilient gateway techniques -HSRP -VRRP -GLBP -Object tracking Multicasting -Multicast addressing and concepts -Multicast issues in switched network architectures -IGMP snooping -Multicast routing (distribution trees, sparse mode v dense mode operation, PIM) Security -layer 2 security risks -securing the switch -Switch based techniques for enhancement of campus security (IEEE 802.1X, port security) -Private VLANs Switch Configuration -Basic configuration -VTP and VLAN configuration -Inter-VLAN routing configuration -Configuration of layer 2 and 3 resiliency techniques (STP, link aggregation, HSRP, VRRP) -Configuration of Multicast mechanisms -Configuration of QoS features in a campus environment

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Campus Networks and Design Models- apply the techniques and tools presented to implement complex switch configurations- evaluate the implementation of VLANs, STP and routing between VLANs- analyse Multi-Layer Switching and HSRP and how to implement them- evaluate multicast routing protocols

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.

Indicative Reading

Froom, Richard (2007) Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN), Cisco Press Lewis, Wayne, (2004) CCNP 3: Multilayer Switching Companion Guide (Cisco Networking Academy Program), 2nd ed, Cisco Press Clark, Kennedy (2006) Cisco LAN Switching, 2nd ed, Cisco Press Webb, K (2003) Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks, 2nd ed, Cisco Press Radia Perlman (1999) Interconnections: Bridges and Routers. 2nd ed, Addison Wesley

Transferrable Skills

D1 Time management: organising, prioritising and planning work. D2 Independent working and self-reliance D3 Reviewing and evaluation own learning, strengths and weaknesses D6 Team working and Interpersonal skills

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Written Examination
Coursework 1 0.00 30.00 35% Practically Based Assessment