KV4011 - Introduction to Networks and Cyber Security

What will I learn on this module?

This module will cover the basics of computer networking through the TCP/IP reference model, discussing different network layers with applications and explore security topics like general security threats, network attacks, device attacks and mitigations.

‘Introduction to Networks and Cyber Security’ will prepare you for later modules such as 'Network Switching and Routing', 'Network Switching and Routing' and ‘Computing Dissertation’, as well as for a placement in your third year. Employers are looking for skilled network and security specialists who can work as individuals and as members of a team in analysing computer network problems and applying effective network and security solutions.

During ‘Introduction to Networks and Cyber Security’ you will work through a series of exercises, making use of Northumbria’s state-of-the-art computer labs and digital security lab. You will also critically engage with research outputs as part of your research-rich learning. The main element in assessment (100%) will be a final network and cyber security assignment that will bring together all your new skills and techniques.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, workshops, and independent learning. The lectures will cover theories and concepts that will enable you to tackle a series of guided exercises. You will work on these during workshops and hands-on sessions in Northumbria’s CIS building computer labs, which are fully equipped with the latest industry-standard software.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by lecturers during the timetabled sessions when you will receive feedback on your work. The University’s eLearning Portal offers remote access to all lecture and seminar materials to reinforce your learning. In addition, the university library offers support for all students through providing electronic resources.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
ML01 - Understand and explain the fundamental networking principles related to data transmission, layered architecture, reference OSI model and TCP/IP protocol suite.
ML02 - Understand and explain security topics like general security threats, network attacks, device attacks and mitigations.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
ML03 - Theoretically design small networks with IP addressing schemes, build and test small networks through simulation and lab hardware.
ML04 - Demonstrate an understanding of LAN security attacks and mitigations.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
ML05 – Communicate results of work in an accurate and reliable manner.

How will I be assessed?

The main element of summative assessment (100%) will be a final assignment course work that will examine basic network knowledge, simple network implementation skills, and basic security knowledge. The word limit will be 3,000. You will receive both informative and confirmatory feedback on your assessments.

This assessment addresses Module Learning Outcomes – ML01, ML02, ML03, ML04, and ML05.
On an on-going basis you will also receive formative feedback on lab exercises you are required to complete.





Module abstract

The ‘Introduction to Networks and Cyber Security’ module provides a thorough introduction to basic technologies in computer networks and cyber security. The module covers basics of computer networking through the TCP/IP reference model, discussing different network layers with applications and explore security topics like general security threats, network attacks, device attacks and mitigations. The concepts introduced in lectures are reinforced with the help of extensive hands-on Cisco lab workshops, supporting technology-enhanced learning. The research/enquiry-based assessment will have to solve a network scenario among other activities and feedback to improve the work will be provided. Students will have increased employability opportunities and will have the opportunity to develop practical networking skills by using Cisco IOS, configuration of Cisco switches and routers, analysing Wireshark traces and designing small networks using the Cisco hardware and simulator.

Course info

UCAS Code G417

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023 or September 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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