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Parent Programme
Bachelor of Science in Computing (Level 7 NFQ)
MODULE NFQ
Level 6
MODULE CREDIT UNITS
ECTS: 5
MODULE TITLE
Network Routing & Switching
Reference Code: M2.6
STAGE
Year 2
Semester 1 & 2
12 Weeks X 3.15 Hours per week

Network Routing and Switching Module

Switching Concepts

Network Routing and Switching

  • Configure a router to route between multiple directly-connected networks.
  • Explain how routers use information in data packets to make forwarding decisions in a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Explain how a router learns about remote networks when operating in a small to medium-sized business network.

Static & Dynamic Routing

Network Routing and Switching

  • Explain how static and dynamic routes are implemented in a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Configure static and dynamic routes to enable connectivity in a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Troubleshoot static and default route configurations.
  • Implement RIPv2.
  • Determine the route source, administrative distance, and metric for a given route.

Switched Networks & Configurations

  • Explain how switched networks support small to medium-sized businesses.
  • Explain how Layer 2 switches forward data in a small to medium-sized LAN.
  • Configure basic switch settings to meet network requirements.
  • Configure a switch using security best practices in a small to medium-sized business network.

Network Routing and Switching - InterVLAN Routing

  • Explain how VLANs segment broadcast domains in a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Implement VLANs to segment a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Configure routing between VLANs in a small to medium-sized business network.

Network Security

  • Explain the purpose and operation of ACLs in small to medium-sized business networks.
  • Configure standard IPv4 ACLs to filter traffic in a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Troubleshoot IPv4 ACL issues.

DHCP & NAT for IPv4

  • Implement DHCPv4 to operate across multiple LANs in a small to medium-sized business network
  • Implement DHCPv6 to operate across multiple LANs in a small to medium-sized business network

  • Explain how NAT provides IPv4 address scalability in a small to medium-sized business network

Minimum Intended Learning Outcomes (MIMLOs)

Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
LO1
Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of network routing and switching in an enterprise environment.
LO2
Appraise industry-applicable network standards and principles in enterprise networks.
LO3
Diagnose and troubleshoot data networks with the use of CLI tools and network monitoring tools.
LO4
Configure initial settings on a network routing and Ethernet switching device(s).
LO5
Implement VLANs, static and dynamic routing, DHCP on a router, network address translation (NAT) and access control lists (ACLs) to filter traffic.

Assessment

MIMLOs
Assessment
Percentage
1-3
CA 1 – In Class Test
50
1-5
CA 2 – Project (individual)
50

Reassessment Opportunity

Where the combined marks of the assessment and examination do not reach the pass mark the learner will be required to repeat the element of assessment that they failed. Reassessment materials will be published on Moodle after the Examination Board and will be aligned to the MIMLOs and learners will be capped at 40% unless there are personal mitigating circumstances.

Aims & Objectives

This module builds on stage one and expands and furthers knowledge relating to the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a typical network. Learners will acquire the knowledge and practical skills to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality within an enterprise network.

This module will ensure learners meet the following objectives:

  • Configure and troubleshoot routers and switches used in networking.
  • Resolve common issues with static routes including, but not limited to RIPv2, VLAN, NAT, ACL, DHCP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.
  • Perform device discovery, management and maintenance of a network layer.
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