Module Title:Computer Networks I
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Teaching will take the form of lectures and problem-based learning during tutorials and practical classes where appropriate. Students will be directed to appropriate websites to participate in self assessment examinations.
Module Aim: To provide a study of Local Area Networks (LAN's). This module provides opportunities for students to gain the skills and hands-on experience needed to design, install and test LANs.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe and contrast packet and circuit switching techniques.
LO2 Install and test structured cabling plant to current industry standards.
LO3 Configure industry standard switches.
LO4 Design, configure and test wired LAN's.
LO5 Use an industry standard simulation package to simulate LANs.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Digital Communications CW527 Year 3 or equivalent.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
1. Circuit switched and Packet switched Networks
Describe and contrast circuit and packet switched networks.
2. Flow and error control
Stop and wait, Go back-N, Selective reject, Windowing.
3. Network Topologies
Bus, Ring, Mesh, Star, Hybrid.
4. Structured Cabling
Implement a structured cabling installation, Test a structured cable installation to industry standards (EIA/TIA 568-C).
5. Configure an industry standard switch.
Use a CLI to configure and test: Security and VLAN's on an industry standard switch.
6. Use an industry standard simulation package
Use a simulation package to design, configure and test a complex LAN incorporating STP 802.1Q-2014.
7. IPv4 addressing
Understand the need for layer 3 addressing. Describe IPv4 address structure.
8. HDLC
Requirement, Frame structure and operation.
9. Layer 4 operation
Understand: The structure and need for layer 4 addressing, The operation of UDP and TCP.
10. Network Analyses
Use an industry standard analyser to examine packets traversing a LAN.
11. Point to Point Protocol
Requirement, Frame structure and operation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment25.00%
Practical15.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination A mixture of written class tests and MCQ's using the Institute's MLE at the end of each major section. 1,2,3,4,5 25.00 n/a
No Project
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will complete practical assignments and practical exams 2,3,4,5 15.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A written examination, at the end of the module, will examine the extent of the student’s knowledge of the learning outcomes 1,2,3,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Practicals Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Every Week 0.50
Independent Learning Time Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 3.50
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EESYS_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Systems 5 Mandatory
CW_EEEEN_D Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering 5 Mandatory