module specification

CT3045 - Fundamentals of Network Security (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Fundamentals of Network Security
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 50% 40 Practical
Unseen Examination 50% 40 End of Module Online Exam *FC*
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

The module will teach students to design and implement security solutions using IOS (Internetwork Operating System), it will combine hands-on experience, lectures and e-learning sessions.

Prior learning requirements

CT3034N Wide Area Networks (taken)

Module aims

1. To provide a firm understanding of Security policy design and management. (A2)
2. To introduce students to security technologies, products and solutions. (A2, A3)
3. To provide students with practical experience of configuring firewalls and router security
4. To discuss VPN implementation using routers and firewalls
5. To introduce concepts of Intrusion Detection
6. To explain the implementation of AAA (Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting)
This module is focused on graduate attributes are A2 and A3.


Overview of Network Security, Basic Router and Switch Security, Router ACLs and CBAC, Router AAA Security, Router Intrusion Detection, Monitoring and Management, Router Site-to-site VPN, Router, Router Remote Access VPN, PIX Security Appliance.

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 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.

[30 hours] Lectures (learning outcomes 1 to 5)
[75 hours] Lecture-related independent learning (learning outcomes 1 to 5)
[14 hours] Tutorials (learning outcomes 1, 2,& 4)
[16 hours] Laboratory work (learning outcomes 3,& 4)
[15 hours] Continuous Assessment Sessions (learning outcomes 1 to 5)
[150 hours] Total teaching and learning time

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Explain network security terminology, and security vulnerabilities [A2, A3]
2. Evaluate security policy design & management [A2]
3. Configure and monitor a firewall
4. Implement AAA and IDS using Cisco routers and PIX Firewalls
5. Design a secure network [A3]

Assessment strategy

Students are assessed through Open Book On-line Multiple Choice Multiple Answers end of chapter tests (formative & summative continuous assessment).
End of semester on-line exam.
Laboratory work is assessed through Unseen Practical Assessment (summative) (50%).


All course material is available on-line for registered students at
Printed Material:
Cisco Systems, Inc.(2009) CCNA Security Course Booklet, Version 1.0, Cisco Press ISBN-10: 1-58713-248-6
Supplementary Printed Material:
Paquet C., (2009) Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS), Cisco Press
ISBN-10: 1-58705-815-4