Module Title:Computer Networks 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The module will be delivered using lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions to illustrate the concepts under study. The Institutes VLE will be used to evaluate the students understanding of these concepts at the end of each section using multiple choice questions. Self test question sheets will be issued to the students at the end of each section.
Module Aim: To provide a study of Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs) in an IPv4 environment. This module provides opportunities for students to gain the skills and hands-on experience needed to design and test enterprise LANs and WANs.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Test structured cabling plant to current industry standards.
LO2 Configure industry standard switches and Routers in an IPv4 environment.
LO3 Design, configure and test wired LANs and WANs.
LO4 Use an industry standard simulation package to simulate LANs and WANs.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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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-D).
5. Configure an industry standard switches and routers
Use a CLI to configure and test: E.G. configure VLAN's on a switch. Configure OSPF and RIP on routers.
6. Use an industry standard simulation package
Use a simulation package to design, configure and test LANs and WANs
7. IPv4 addressing
Understand the need for layer 3 addressing. Describe IPv4 address structure.
Requirement, Frame structure and operation.
9. Layer 4 operation
Understand: The structure and need for layer 4 addressing, The basic operation of UDP and TCP.
10. Network Analyses
Use an industry standard analyser to examine packets traversing a LAN.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
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 60.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will complete practical assignments and practical exams Students will submit written reports on the assignments. 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Practicals Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 2.50
Total Hours 7.50

Module Delivered In

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