module specification

CT5052 - Network Operating Systems (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
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
15 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
90 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 10%   Progress Test
Unseen Examination 50%   Unseen Theory Exam (1.5 hours)
Practical Examination 40%   Practical Exam (1.5 hours)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This module helps the students to develop the theoretical and practical knowledge of Network Operating Systems, used by the enterprise today. 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 troubleshoot network operating systems.
The module covers the necessary background through formal lectures/seminars followed by comprehensive hands-on practical workshops.

The aims of this module are:
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

Prior learning requirements

CT4005 Completed

Module aims



Introduction to NOS, NOS clients
Network design
Microsoft (Windows Servers)
Create users/profiles
Patching securing
Active directory design
Domain controller function IIs
Linux installation /samba / apache
Linux Create users/profiles controlling services daemons installation
NOS Server Hardware and software
Server Virtualisation
Network administration role and best practises server security

Learning Outcomes LO 1- 5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students will develop understanding and practical skills based on weekly lectures, tutorials and supervised workshops. 

Appropriate blended learning approaches and technologies, such as, the University’s VLE, simulation tools and laboratory equipment will be used to facilitate and support student learning, in particular, to:
• deliver content;
• encourage active learning;
• provide formative and summative assessments and prompt feedback;
• enhance student engagement and learning experience.

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 system
LO4. Use preventive maintenance to solve security upgrading issues in responsible and professional manner;
LO5. Implement hardware and software troubleshooting techniques, and record and present the technical findings critically and effectively


Core Text:
• IT Essentials II: Network Operating Systems Companion Guide (Cisco Networking Academy Program) (Cisco Networking Academy Program Series) ISBN-10: 1587130971

Other Texts:
• CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Seventh Edition (Exam N10-007) ISBN-10: 1260122387

• University Library website-

Electronic Databases:
• IEEE Xplore / IETDigital Library (IEL) -
• ACDM Digital Library -
• Wiley Online Library -