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ECM3436 - Network Engineering 1 (2019)

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MODULE TITLENetwork Engineering 1 CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM3436 MODULE CONVENER Huw Evans (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated)
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

***DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP STUDENTS ONLY***

The primary role of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. They need to maintain high levels of network performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance. As part of their role they need to be proficient in technology solutions as they will analyse system requirements to ensure the network and its services operate to desired levels. They will need to understand the data traffic and transmission across the network and they have a major role to play in ensuring network security.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to give you basic competence in network engineering, including essential knowledge of the building blocks of computer networks and the internet and basic skills in planning, designing, constructing and managing simple networks.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1. Plan, design, build and test a simple network to a requirement specification that includes hubs, switches, routers and wireless user devices applying appropriate security products and processes

2. Identify and evaluate network security risks

3. Install and configure network components, including switches, routers and firewalls

4. Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental building blocks (e.g. routers, switches, hubs, storage, transmission) and typical architectures (e.g. server/client, hub/spoke) of computers networks and the Internet

 

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

5. Recognise the main features of routing and Internet network protocols in use, their purpose and relationship to each other, including the physical and data link layer  (e.g. https, HTTP, SMTP, SNMP, TCP, IP, etc.).

6. Recognise the main factors that affect network performance (e.g. the relationship between bandwidth, number of users, nature of traffic, contention)

7. Demonstrate understanding of data formats and protocol and how they relate to each other

8. Demonstrate understanding of the main routing protocols in use in computer networks and explain the differences between static and dynamic routing protocols and the pros and cons of each in different circumstances.

 

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

9. Think analytically and critically

10. Organise your own work

11. Work to a deadline

12. Make decisions

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Computer networks and the Internet (3 weeks)

•          Building blocks; routers, switches, hubs, storage, transmission, etc.

•          Common architectures (e.g. server/client, hub/spoke)

•          Data formats and protocol, and how they relate to each other

•          Routing and Internet network protocols

           o          Purpose and relationship

           o          Physical and data link layer  (https, HTTP, SMTP, SNMP, TCP, IP, etc.)

           o          Static vs dynamic routing protocols; pros and cons in different circumstances

 

Network planning (2 weeks)

•          Identifying the key characteristics of a new network service

•          Factors affecting network performance; relationship between bandwidth, number of users, nature of traffic, contention, etc.

 

Designing and constructing simple networks (5 weeks)

•          Planning, designing, building and testing a simple network to a requirement specification

           o          Using hubs, switches, routers and wireless user devices

           o          Applying appropriate security products and processes

•          Installing and configuring network components including switches, routers and firewalls

 

Managing networks (2 weeks)

•          Issues in day to day operation of networks; troubleshooting and resolution

•          Identifying and evaluating network security risks

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 22.00 Guided Independent Study 128.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 18 Online learning activity, including virtual workshops, synchronous and asynchronous virtual lectures and other e-learning.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 2 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 2 Group workshops
Guided independent study 128 Coursework, exam preparation and self-study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Contribution to class discussion N/A 1-12 Verbal
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 60 Written Exams 40 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Network design exercise 60 3,000 words 1-12 Written
Written exam 40 2 hours 1-12 Written
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
Network design exercise (60%) Network design exercise 1-12 Completed over summer with a deadline in August
Written exam (40%) Written exam (2 hours 1-12 August assessment period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be deferred in the assessment. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you may be required to sit a referral. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 40%.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE: vle.exeter.ac.uk

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Kurose and Ross Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet 6th Addison Wesley 2013 000-0-321-26976-4 [Library]
Set Tanenbaum, A. Computer Networks 5th Prentice Hall 2010 000-0-130-38488-7 [Library]
Set Fitzgerald, J., Dennis, A., Durcikova, A. Business Data Communications and Networking 11th Wiley 2014 978-1-118-89168-1 [Library]
Set Goldman, J. E., Rawles, P. T. Applied Data Communications: A Business-Oriented Approach 4th Wiley 2004 978-0-471-34640-1 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 18 September 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Network, Engineering