Module Title:Network Programmability and Automation
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 6 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Combination of lectures and practical laboratory sessions. Lectures will take the form of traditional theory and tutorials. Laboratory sessions take the form of individual & group work.
Module Aim: To provide the student with: 1. the skills necessary to automate and program networks. 2. apply software-defined networking principles. 3. Apply DevOps principles to network management
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Relate how automation impacts network management and compare DevOps techniques to traditional techniques, such as SNMP and CLI
LO2 Identify characteristics of RESTful based APIs (CRUD, HTTP verbs, data encoding), interpret and manipulate JSON encoded data.
LO3 Classify and employ DevOps tools for IT automation.
LO4 Relate Cloud, Virtualisation and Containerisation as the foundation for Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
LO5 Build Controller-based Software-Defined Networks and compare to traditional networks.
Pre-requisite learning
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Requirements
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Python programming and GNU/Linux system administration
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
DevOps and network automation
How network automation impacts network management. Syntax, JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), Extensible Markup Language (XML), YAML Ain’t Markup Language (YAML), Object representation, Key/Value pairs.
RESTful APIs
Client/server, Stateless, Cacheable. Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) representation, HTTP methods. Authentication. Create, Read, Update, Delete (CRUD) .
Configuration Management Tools
Ansible, Chef, Puppet, Python modules such as the Netmiko Library for SSH access, NETCONF.
Virtualisation and Containerisation
Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Virtual Machines, Containers, Hypervisor, Virtual Switches, Virtual Network Infrastructure (VNI)
Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
Data, Control, and Management Planes, SDN Controllers, North-Bound Interface (NBI), South-Bound Interface (SBI), OpenFlow, Mininet, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
Project20.00%
Practical40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions MCQ 1: The students will be given an MCQ to assess their knowledge of DevOps, RESTful API and JSON. 1,2,3 20.00 n/a
Multiple Choice Questions MCQ 2: The students will be given an MCQ to assess their knowledge of SDN and SDN programmability. 4,5 20.00 n/a
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Each learner will receive a Scenario-based problem to solve and describe their solution via presentation and demonstration. 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 n/a
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Two practical examinations to demonstrate the achievement of the learning outcomes. 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions MCQ 1: The students will be given an MCQ to assess their knowledge of DevOps, RESTful API and JSON. 1,2,3 20.00 n/a
Multiple Choice Questions MCQ 2: The students will be given an MCQ to assess their knowledge of SDN and SDN programmability. 4,5 20.00 n/a
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Each learner will receive a Scenario-based problem to solve and describe their solution via presentation and demonstration. 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 n/a
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Two practical examinations to demonstrate the achievement of the learning outcomes. 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Laboratory Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 10.00
 

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