module specification

CT6004 - Network Security (CISCO) (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Network Security (CISCO)
Module level Honours (06)
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
Unseen Examination 10%   End of Chapter Tests
Unseen Examination 40%   Unseen Theory Examination (2 hours)
Practical Examination 50%   Unseen Practical Examination (2 hours)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

This module is based on Cisco CCNA Security curriculum delivered through Cisco Networking Academy at the University.
This module provides a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA-level skillset and help meet the growing demand for network security professionals. The curriculum provides an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. This module helps prepare students for entry-level security career opportunities and the globally recognized Cisco CCNA Security certification.
This module is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialized security skills, along with critical thinking and complex problem solving skills. It offers a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning. To pass this module with good grades, students are expected to have CCNA-level networking concepts knowledge and skills, along with basic PC and Internet navigation skills.

Module aims

To provide a firm understanding of Security Policy design and management.
2. To introduce students to security technologies, products and solutions.
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)


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 and Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA)

Learning and teaching

Module is delivered once a weekly in three hours session. Usually one hour lecture is followed by two hours of laboratory work. This module is based on CCNA Security curriculum. Industry approved up to date learning material is available to students on Netacad via WebLearn links. Students keep a logbook and record the summary of their practical work for reflective learning. On-line chapter tests are incorporated for self-paced continuous assessment and reflective learning.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
LO1. Explain network security terminology, and security vulnerabilities,
LO2. Evaluate security policy design & management,
LO3. Configure and monitor a firewall,
LO4. Implement AAA and IDS using Cisco routers,
LO5. Design a secure network.

Assessment strategy

Students are assessed through Open Book On-line Multiple Choice Multiple Answers end of chapter tests (formative & summative continuous assessment) covering LO1 and LO2. The end of semester on-line test covers LO2 and LO5
Laboratory work is assessed through end of semester unseen Practical Assessment covering LO3, LO4 and LO5.


• All course material is available on-line for registered students on with usernames and password
• Vance Pratt, CCNA Security
• Aaron Woland and Jamey Heary, Cisco ISE for BYOD and Secure Unified Access
• Omar Santos, Cisco Next-Generation Security Solutions: All-in-One Cisco ASA FirePOWER Services, NGIPS, and AMP
• Don R. Crawley, Cisco ASA for Accidental Administrators: An Illustrated Step-by-Step ASA Learning and Configuration Guide