module specification

CT5052 - Network Operating Systems (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Network Operating Systems
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 10%   Progress Test (1-Hour)
Practical Examination 40%   Practical Workshop and Logbook(1 Hour)
Unseen Examination 50%   2 - Hours Unseen Examination
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This module helps the student to develop theoretical  and practical knowledge of  network operating systems, This is achieved by exposing the student to some of  the most commonly used network operating systems. The student will reinforce their  theoretical knowledge in practical sessions where they will install configure , manage and  trouble-shoot network operating systems.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:
1. To understand the importance of Network operating systems(NOS)
2. To explain the operation of Network operating systems , and their benefits
3. To describe hardware requirements for the effective operation of NOS
4. To compare some of the most commonly available NOS, and their abilities and limitations
5. To understand the concept of virtualisation  and its application in modern server environments
6. To understand server documentation, security and trouble shooting


Introduction to NOS
NOS clients
Microsoft (Windows XP /Vista )
Create users/profiles
Patching securing
Linux (SUSE Linux)
Create users/profiles
NOS Server Hardware and software
Ms Server 2003/7
Active directory design
Domain controller function IIs
Linux installation /samba / apache
Server Virtualisation
Network  administration role and  best practises
Basic network design
Network troubleshooting

Learning and teaching

The teaching and learning strategy for this module is a combination of lectures and intensive laboratory work  Group or team work is encouraged and reinforced at the laboratory sessions . It is however the individual student effort that is assessed.

Learning outcomes

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

LO1. Understand how the modern Network operating systems work, and the interrelation between hardware and software;
LO2. Explain the function and structure of modern Network operating systems;
LO3. Identify the compare the most widely used Network operating systems;
LO4. Use preventive maintenance to solve security upgrading issues;
LO5. Implement hardware and software troubleshooting techniques.

Assessment strategy

The syllabus will be tested through by a variety of instruments.  A multiple  choice test in week 7  will provide feedback to both the tutor and students on their progress. The unit is based heavily on practical application of knowledge, a practical exam based on the workshops is held in week 12 (Covering LO1, 2, 3 and 4).  Students are expected to keep a Logbook that will be assessed as part of the practical.  The module has a final unseen examination carrying 50% ( covering LO1 to 5).


1. IT Essentials II: Network Operating Systems Companion Guide (Cisco Networking Academy  Program) (Companion Guide) ISBN 1587130971
2. Integrating Unix and PC Network Operating Systems: Netware, AppleTalk, and LAN Manager  Unix
3. Integrating Unix and PC Network Operating Systems: Netware, AppleTalk, and LAN Manager on Unix (Hewlett-Packard Professional Books) ISBN 0132073749
4. Guide to Operating Systems Security ISBN 0619160403
5. Network+ Certification Training Kit, 2nd Ed., ISBN 0735614563