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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
Networking Technologies
Reference Code: M1.7
STAGE
Year 1
Spring Semester 2
12 Weeks X 3.15 Hours per week

Networking Technologies - Module

Networking Technologies - Configuring a Network Operating System

The Introduction to Networking Technologies module is about designing and building computer networks and involves the physical installation and commissioning of networks and connections to the internet.

  • Explain how multiple networks are used in everyday life.
  • Explain how topologies and devices are connected in a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Explain the basic characteristics of a network that supports communication in a small to medium-sized business.
  • Explain trends in networking that will affect the use of networks in small to medium-sized businesses.
  • Cisco IOS Software features, functions and initial configuration settings.
  • Given an IP addressing scheme, configure IP address parameters on devices to provide end-to-end connectivity in a small to medium-sized business network.

Network Protocols, Network Access and Ethernet

  • Explain how rules facilitate communication.
  • Explain the role of protocols and standards organizations in facilitating interoperability in network communications.
  • Explain how devices on a LAN access resources in a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Explain how physical layer protocols and services support communications across data networks.
  • Build a simple network using the appropriate media.
  • Explain the role of the data link layer in supporting communications across data networks.
  • Compare media access control techniques and logical topologies used in networks.
  • Explain the operation of Ethernet.
  • Explain how a switch operates.
  • Explain how the address resolution protocol enables communication on a network.

Network Layer, IP Addressing and Subnetting

Networking Technologies

  • How network layer protocols and services support communications across data networks.
  • Explain how routers enable end-to-end connectivity in a small to medium-sized business network
  • Explain how devices route traffic in a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Configure a router with basic configurations.
  • Explain the use of IPv4 addresses to provide connectivity in small to medium-sized business networks.
  • Configure IPv6 addresses to provide connectivity in small to medium-sized business networks.
  • Use common testing utilities to verify and test network connectivity.
  • Implement an IPv4 addressing scheme to enable end-to-end connectivity in a small to medium-sized business network
  • Given a set of requirements, implement a VLSM addressing scheme to provide connectivity to end users in a small to medium-sized network.
  • Explain design considerations for implementing IPv6 in a business network.

Application and Transport Layer

  • Explain how transport layer protocols and services support communications across data networks.
  • Compare the operations of transport layer protocols in supporting end-to-end communication.
  • Explain the operation of the application layer in providing support to end-user applications.
  • Explain how well-known TCP/IP application layer protocols operate.

Build a Small Network

  • Explain how a small network of directly connected segments is created, configured and verified.
  • Configure switches and routers with device hardening features to enhance security.
  • Use common show commands and utilities to establish a relative performance baseline for the network.
  • Troubleshoot a network

Minimum Intended Learning Outcomes (MIMLOs)

Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
LO1
Explain basic networking concepts and solutions.
LO2
Describe network protocols, layers and switching.
LO3
Design a small to medium-sized business network.
LO4
Implement and configure basic network connectivity between devices.
LO5
Apply industry-acceptable networking monitoring.

Assessment

MIMLOs
Assessment
Percentage
3, 4, 5
CA 1 – Practical labs
60%
1, 2, 3
CA 2 – In-class test
40%

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

The aim of this module are to introduce the leaner to the fundamental theoretical and practical aspects of traditional network provisioning.

This module will ensure learners meet the following objectives:

  • Understand the fundamentals of data communication and networking using, amongst others, CISCO network systems.
  • 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 the legal requirements and standards in computer networking.
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