SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H626847
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, 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 .


Spanning Tree Protocols Trunking First Hop Redundancy Protocols Campus Network security Virtual Networking Wireless Networking Fundamentals of SDN

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Campus Networks and Design Models 2. Analyse critically the basic and advanced Multi-Layer switching concepts and approaches.3. Design and practically modify and implement technologies commonly used by todays local area networks.4. Plan and design the implementation of VLANs, STP and routing between VLANs5. Analyze Multi-Layer Switching and HSRP and how to implement them- 6. Evaluate multicast routing protocols

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The University's '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 they will experiment with tools and techniques to assess the design, implementation and troubleshooting of a variety of different routing approaches and their available features with regards to modern scalable computer networks. Tutorials will be used to enhance the students' practical experience, as they will have to work on more extensive case studies using an appropriate virtualization/emulation tool that can also be utilized outside the university campus and lab infrastructure. All lectures, tutorial and laboratory material will be available on GCULearn and links will be provided to appropriate external material such as digital resources from external certification proprietors, additional studying material, videos and literature. GCULearn will also be used to provide students with module specific forums and discussion board threads in order to enhance students' sense of belonging to a wider learning community and to stimulate students and teaching staff interaction out-with the scheduled lecture, tutorial and lab sessions. During all laboratory and tutorial sessions, students will receive formative feedback on their performance in undertaking relevant practical exercises. Feedback with regards to the coursework assessment will be provided in a timely manner according to university policy and will include a detailed document with full justification for any marks deducted and other relevant recommendations.

Indicative Reading

CCNP and CCIE Enterprise Core ENCOR 350-401 Official Cert Guide Cisco Press, 2019. Print. ISBN: 1587145235

Transferrable Skills

C1 Demonstrate logical thinking and problem solving. C2 Critical analysis / evaluate work undertaken by themselves and others. D1 Demonstrate communication skills (Electronic, written, oral and listening) necessary to make effective presentation of a technical nature (information, ideas, problems and their solution) to a range of audiences. D2 Demonstrate numeracy in both understanding and presenting cases involving a quantitative dimension. E2 Demonstrate creativity, innovation and independent thinking. E3 Demonstrate an appreciation and desire for the need to reflect, and plan for self-learning and improving performance as the foundation for CPD and life-long learning E6 Demonstrate the ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work). E7 Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, the ability to work as a member of a team (work with and relate effectively to others) recognising the different roles within a team and different ways of organising teams (leadership)

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 2.00 40.00 35% Skills based lab test
Exam 01 2.00 60.00 35% Unseen written exam