module specification

CT2053 - Network Devices (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Network Devices
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   Practical Test
Unseen Examination 50%   Unseen Exam *FC*
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module focuses on Open System Interconnection (OSI), Internet Protocol (IP) addressing,
and network devices. It is closely based on Cisco CCNA semester 2.

Prior learning requirements

Prerequisite: CT1040N / CT1F40N Networking Basics (passed)

Module aims

1. To gain an understanding of the operational structure of a network and its components in relation to OSI layer [A2].
2. To appreciate the concept of LAN and WAN design and various devices with respect to the OSI model.
3.  To gain an in-depth understanding of routing, routing protocols and the need for appropriate configuration.
4. To gain experience in configuring routers and IP addresses for a given specification [A3].
The graduate attributes focused on in the module are A2 and A3.


The OSI model and steps in data encapsulation, LAN devices and technologies, TCP/IP addressing, environment, and subnetworks, WANS and routers, Router components, CDP and basic Networking testing, troubleshooting, router boot sequence and set up mode. Router configuration modes and procedures. TCP/IP protocol suite, IP addressing and subletting, access configuration, routing protocols and their importance, distance vector routing, link state routing. Interior and exterior routing protocols, RIP, IGRP, layers revisited.

Learning and teaching

A variety of approaches will be adopted. A standard text, written specially for this unit covers the detailed syllabus. An interactive on-line curriculum will enable students to study the unit and provides end-of-chapter multiple-choice tests with which students can readily test their understanding and obtain immediate feedback. Formal lecture classes will further emphasis the key features of each chapter and provide opportunities for interactive discussion on some of the more important issues of network devices.
[22 hours] Lectures (learning outcomes 1,2 , 3 & 4)
[55 hours] Lecture-related independent learning (learning outcomes 3 & 4)
[11 hours] Problem-solving classes (learning outcomes 2, 3 & 4)
[37 hours] Directed independent learning (learning outcome 4)
[25 hours] Laboratory Program (learning outcomes 1,2,3,4, & 7)
[150 hours] Total teaching and learning time

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Describe the functionality of Local Area Networks (LANs) and its devices.
2. Explain the functional behaviour of each device in a network and its role in the functionality of a network [A2].
3. Describe TCP/IP suite of protocols and learn how to configure IP addresses [A2];
4. Explain the flow of traffic on a LAN using the Ethernet/802.3 standards;
5. Describe the overall purpose of Wide Area Networks (WANs);
6. Describe when, why and how to configure a router [A3];
7. Identify network software management tools and their functions

Assessment strategy

On-line Tests (formative), students are registered for semester 2 of the Cisco’s four semesters leading to CCNA.  Students are assessed continuously (weekly) by taking the on-line end-of-chapter multiple-choice tests providing immediate assessment and feedback (50%).
Practical Test (summative), this is an essential element of the unit (50%). 
Laboratory log book (formative & summative), students perform group case studies on various aspects of networking from cabling to the design and documentation of network design.


All course material is available on-line for registered students on
Printed Material:
Cisco Systems, Inc. (2003), Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 1 and 2 Companion Guide, Cisco Press ISBN 1587131102
Cisco Systems, Inc. (2003), Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 1 and 2 Lab Companion, Cisco Press ISBN 1587131110