Module Details

CE155-4-SP-CO: Network Fundamentals

Year: 2016/17
Department: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Staff
Supervisor: Dr John Woods
Teaching Staff: Dr John Woods
Contact details: School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module introduces the four layers of the TCP/IP internetworking module which includes applications, transport protocols, internetworking protocols and network access. Laboratory sessions will give extensive experience working with each of these layers and configuring network devices. The module will use the Cisco CCNA exploration Network Fundamentals course which is the first of four Cisco courses that can be used to obtain a Cisco CCNA qualification.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Configure network devices with appropriate settings
2. Design IP sub-networks
3. Propose, and describe, suitable protocols for use with networked applications.
4. Explain the principles of Ethernet and IP networking

Outline Syllabus

. Client/server communication and intermediary network devices
. The OSI and TCP/IP networking models
. Application layer functionality and protocols
. OSI transport layer
. OSI network layer
. IPv4 addressing
. OSI data link layer
. OSI physical layer
. Ethernet
. Planning and cabling networks
. Configuring and testing a network

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectures and Laboratories

Assessment

40 per cent Coursework Mark, 60 per cent Exam Mark

Coursework

Written assignment, FASER submission, worth 20%, held in week 24. CCNA1 (online exam) worth 20%, held in week 25.

Exam Duration and Period

2:00 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

STUDENTS SHOULD NOTE THAT THIS MODULE INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO REVIEW AND CHANGE.

Bibliography

  • Recommended Reading
  • DYE, M., MCDONALD, R., (2007) Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide Cisco Press 2nd ed. QA 76.3.D9
  • TANENBAUM, A.S., (2003) Computer networks, Prentice Hall 4th ed. TK 5105.5.T2