module specification

CT4004 - Networking Concepts (CCNA1 and 2) (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Networking Concepts (CCNA1 and 2)
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   CCNA1 - Test (2-Hours)
Unseen Examination 50%   CCNA2 -Test (2-Hours)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Evening
Year North Thursday Afternoon
Autumn semester North Monday Evening

Module summary

This module focuses on fundamental network terminology and concepts, e.g. protocols, Open System Interconnection (OSI) and TCP/IP models, Ethernet, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing, routing protocols and network devices, such as routers and switches.  The module provides an opportunity for students to understand the interconnections of various networks and to be able to design and configure small-scaled networks given some typical (customers) requirements.

Module aims

To provide a firm understanding of networking terminology, models and mathematics
To introduce students to copper, optical, and wireless networking
To introduce the concepts of Ethernet switching
To enable students to perform subnetting of IP addresses
To gain an in-depth understanding of static routing protocols and default routing
To gain an in-depth understanding of dynamic routing protocols
To gain experience in designing router’s configuration for a given specification


Networking Fundamentals, Networking Media ,
Cable Testing, design of LANs and WANs
The OSI model and data encapsulation
Ethernet Technologies, Ethernet Switching, 
TCP/IP Protocol Suite and IP Addressing,  Subneting,
LAN devices and technologies,
Routing Fundamentals and Router components,
Routing protocols and router configuration
CDP and basic Networking testing, troubleshooting

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 weblearn.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
LO1. Describe and classify computer networks and appreciate networking protocols including Routing Protocols and Configuration of a router;
LO2. Explain some of the most common internetworking components;
LO3. Describe the Open System Interconnection (OSI) reference model;
LO4. Explain the different addressing schemes in computer networking;
LO5. Describe TCP/IP suite of protocols and learn how to configure IP addresses;
LO6. Explain the flow of traffic on a LAN using the Ethernet/802.3 standards;

Assessment strategy

There are two main tests; CCNA1 and CCNA2 each carrying 50% of the module.  The length of each test will be 2-hours.  CCNA1 is designed to cover the LO3, 4 and 5.  CCNA2 covers LO1, 5 and 6.


The following course material are available on-line for registered students:
1. Cisco Systems Inc., “Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 1 and 2 Companion Guide”, (3rd Ed.)
2. Cisco Systems Inc., “Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 1 and 2 Lab Companion”, (3rd Ed.)
3. Cisco Systems Inc., “Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 3 and 4 Companion Guide”, (3rd Ed.)
4. Cisco Systems Inc., “Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 3 and 4 Lab Companion”, (3rd Ed.)