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Parent Programme
Bachelor of Science in Computing (Level 7 NFQ)
NFQ Level & Reference
Level 6 / Ref: M1.7
12 Weekes X 3 Hours per week
Networking Technologies
Year 1
Module Credit units

Networking Technologies

Introduction to Networking Technologies

This Networking Technology module aims to introduce the learner to the fundamental theoretical and practical aspects of traditional network provisioning. The module is about designing and building computer networks and involves the physical installation and commissioning of networks and connections to the internet.  The module enables learners to maintain networks, including redesigning, upgrading and securing them using CISCO network systems.

Indicative Syllabus Content

Networking Technologies

Basic Network Connectivity and Communications

  • Networking Today
  • Basic Switch and End Device Configuration
  • Protocol Models

Ethernet Concepts

  • Physical Layer
  • Number Systems
  • Data Link Layer
  • Ethernet Switching

Communicating Between Networks

  • Network Layer
  • Address Resolution
  • Basic Router Configuration

IP Addressing

  • IPv4 / IPv6 Addressing
  • ICMP

Network Application Communications

  • Transport Layer
  • Application Layer

Building and Securing a Small Network

  • Network Security Fundamentals
  • Build a Small Network

Minimum Intended Learning Outcomes (MIMLOs)

Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
Explain basic networking concepts and solutions.
Describe network protocols, layers and switching.
Design a small to medium-sized business network.
Implement and configure basic network connectivity between devices.
Apply industry-acceptable security best practices when configuring a small network.


1, 2l 3, 4, 5
CA 1 & CA 2 (2 Practical labs)
Total 100% All Assessments.
CA 3 – In-class test

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  Meeting and will be aligned to the MIMLOs and learners will be capped at 40% unless there are personal mitigating circumstances.

Aims & Objectives

This Networking Technologies module will ensure learners meet the following objectives:

  • Explain the basics of data communications, backgrounds and concepts of computer networking.
  • Describe the internet, how it works, its structures, and services provided.
  • Be competent in configuring devices to take part in a network and connect to the wider internet.
  • Understand best practice security requirements and standards in computer networking