KF6005 - Network Technology 3

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What will I learn on this module?

You will be provided a detailed examination of wide area networks (WANs). A particular feature of the module is the incorporation of subject areas from Cisco’s Networking Academy programme CCNA4.

The main topics you will engage with on this module include:

1. Introduction to Wide Area Networks (WANs): Theory and practice of relevant WAN protocols and technologies, including: PPP, Frame Relay, MPLS, GRE, VPN, IPSec.
2. Topics related to WANs including NAT, PAT, DHCP.
3. Network performance and security in a WAN context.

How will I learn on this module?

There is an emphasis on practical work in the delivery of the module and you will have an opportunity to work directly with industry standard networking hardware and software. You will also make extensive use of appropriate network simulation software including GNS3.

You will be introduced to the fundamental theoretical concepts of WANs during the lectures. You will be expected to prepare for lecture topics and deepen your understanding of course material by studying course texts and technical literature.

The lab classes will give you an opportunity to apply and extend your understanding through a series of challenging problem solving exercises concerning WAN technologies and concepts. Academic support will be given throughout the exercises in a structured manner.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

During your lab classes, academic support will be available to you to guide you through the exercises. You will receive informal feedback on your progress throughout your lab classes.
You will also have the opportunity to take a formative feedback test at the end of the first semester to check your progress. Feedback on your test will be given in a brief 1:1 meeting during a lab class at the beginning of the second semester.
A series of online feedback tests that are part of the Cisco Academy learning are also available to you if you wish.

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:
1) Critically review WAN and related LAN concepts and technologies.
2) Model and predict performance of WAN systems.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3) Design and create LAN and WAN systems, and justify your design, implementation and testing strategies.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4) Communicate complex problems and solutions clearly and effectively.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:

You will be given the opportunity to sit a short feedback test halfway through the module to check your performance on the module up to this point. Feedback on the test will be given to you in a brief 1:1 meeting, identifying areas for improvement if necessary.

You are also given the opportunity to be formatively assessed throughout the year with the help of short online feedback tests as part of your online CCNA 4 learning.

(1) an individual assignment (40%). This component covers LOs 1, 3 and 4. This assignment gives you the opportunity to develop a complex wide area network according to a given specification.
You will receive detailed feedback during a feedback meeting.

(2) a closed book examination (60%). This exam covers LOs 1, 2 and 3.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

You will be provided a detailed examination of wide area networks (WANs). A particular feature of the module is the incorporation of subject areas from Cisco’s Networking Academy programme CCNA4.

The main topics you will engage with on this module include:

1. Introduction to Wide Area Networks (WANs): Theory and practice of relevant WAN protocols and technologies, including: PPP, Frame Relay, MPLS, GRE, VPN, IPSec.
2. Topics related to WANs including NAT, PAT, DHCP.
3. Network performance and security in a WAN context.

There is an emphasis on practical work in the delivery of the module and you will have an opportunity to work directly with industry standard networking hardware and software. You will also make extensive use of appropriate network simulation software including GNS3.

You will be introduced to the fundamental theoretical concepts of WANs during the lectures. The lab classes will give you an opportunity to apply and extend your understanding through a series of challenging problem solving exercises concerning WAN technologies and concepts.

Course info

UCAS Code G3F4

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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