KF4002 - Network Technology 1

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn about the reference communication architecture, communication protocols, networking devices, IP addressing important performance metrics for communication networks, wireless network and fundamentals of physical layer communication.

How will I learn on this module?

The majority of academic material will be delivered via lectures and laboratory workshops such that the lecture directly supports the hands on lab content. Material will also be made available on eLearning Portal (Blackboard) for students to access notes and laboratory scripts reading ahead of the current weeks study. The hands-on workshops will be performed in groups to facilitate student interaction. Directed and independent learning material will enable you to read further (using RFCs, IETF standards, relevant publications etc.) around the subject to support further learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lecturers/tutors will offer you guidance on studying and what they expect of you. A significant amount of support and feedback would come from laboratory workshops where students get instant and detailed feedback on their weekly task. Feedback will also be made available via your classroom-based sessions. You can access a number of University resources and guidance for example, how to study effectively, write assignments, revise for your exams and avoid plagiarism.

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. Understand and explain the fundamental networking principles related to data transmission, layered architecture, reference OSI model and TCP/IP protocol suite. Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Theoretically design small networks and IP schemes
3. Build and test small networks involving hubs, switches, routers and wireless access point
4. Demonstrate an understanding LAN, WAN technologies and supporting protocols

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

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment for the module consists of a course work (assignment) at the end of Semester. The course work will cover all learning outcomes.

Formative assessment will be done through online practice quizzes as well as practical practice exercises.





Module abstract

The aim of this module is to provide a thorough introduction to basic principles and technologies in modern computer networks. Students are introduced to the theory underpinning the communication architecture in modern networks. Students learn about the reference communication architecture, communication protocols, networking devices, IP addressing and important performance metrics for communication networks. The module examines specific examples in the context of communication reference model. The concepts introduced in lectures are reinforced with the help of extensive hands on laboratory workshops. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their practical networking skills by using Cisco IOS, configuration of switches and routers, analysing Wireshark traces and designing networks using simulators.

Course info

UCAS Code G4W3

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 2022

Fee Information

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Our Campus based courses starting in 2022 and 2023 will be delivered on-campus with supporting online learning content. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to adjust the delivery of our education accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

On-campus contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with any additional restrictions, which may be imposed by the Government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors. This could potentially mean increased or fully online delivery, should such restrictions on in-person contact time be required.


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