module specification

CT1040 - Networking Basics (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Networking Basics
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   In-Class Test
Seen Examination 50%   Seen Exam *FC*
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module focuses on network terminology and protocols, local-area networks (LANs), wide-
area networks (WANs), Open System Interconnection (OSI) and TCP/IP models, cabling, cabling
tools, routers, switches, Ethernet, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing, and network standards.


Prior learning requirements


Module aims

1. To provide a firm understanding of networking terminology, models and mathematics. (A2)
2. To introduce students to copper, optical, and wireless networking media. (A2)
3. Practical experience on cable testing and cabling LANs and WANs (A3)
4. Understanding of Ethernet operation and 10/100/1000/10Gigabit versions of Ethernet. (A2)
5. To introduce concepts of Ethernet switching. (A2)
6. To enable students to perform subnetting of IP addresses. (A3)
The module contributes towards the subject IT. The graduate attributes focused on in the module are A2 and A3.


Introduction to Networking, Networking Fundamentals, Networking Media, Cable Testing, Cabling LANs and WANs, Ethernet Fundamentals, Ethernet Technologies, Ethernet Switching,  TCP/IP Protocol Suite and IP Addressing, Routing Fundamentals and Subnets, TCP/IP Transport and Application Layers.

Learning and teaching

Students are provided with access to the on-line curriculum and encouraged to read the material prior to lecture sessions. On the completion of a lecture on a specific chapter students take a test for which they get an automated and/or in-person feedback. Lectures are supported by hands-on laboratory work and tutorial sessions. Electronic simulations, quizzes and interactive multimedia activities are also available to encourage deep thinking and self development of students. Web support is available to students through the homepage.
[22 hours] Lectures (learning outcomes 1 to 5)
[76 hours] Lecture-related independent learning (learning outcomes 1 to 5)
[18 hours] Tutorials (learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4)
[16 hours] Laboratory work (learning outcomes 1, 4, & 5)
[18 hours] Continuous Assessment Sessions (learning outcomes 1 to 4)
[150 hours] Total teaching and learning time

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Describe and classify computer networks and appreciate networking protocols and its importance in networking [A2];
2. Explain some of the most common internetworking components [A3];
3. Describe the Open System Interconnection (OSI) reference model and the communication process between different layers of the OSI reference model [A3];
4. Explain the different addressing schemes in computer networking [A2];
5. Identify, make and test different network cables [A3].

Assessment strategy

Students are assessed through Open Book On-line multiple choice multiple answers end of chapter tests (formative continuous assessment).  This is performed weekly and students are provided with immediate feedback.
Hands-on part is assessed through a practical test in week  13. 


All course material is available on-line for registered students on
Printed Material:
Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide (Cisco Networking Academy Program) ISBN-10: 1587132087