module specification

CT6052 - Wireless Networks (Cisco) (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Wireless Networks (Cisco)
Module level Honours (06)
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
Unseen Examination 50%   Unseen exam (2 hours)
Coursework 40%   Group Case study
In-Course Test 10%   Progress tests
Running in 2024/25

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

Module summary

This module aims to provide students with the technical background and skills necessary to design and configure and maintain wireless Lans and Wans.

This module focuses on the design of these networks, the devices used and their operation, the planning prior  to  installation and best practices , the implementation of the network design, security provisions and troubleshooting of Wireless LANs.

y issues. The module covers the necessary background through formal lectures/seminars followed by comprehensive hands-on practical workshops.


Module Aims:

1. To introduce Wireless LAN set-up & troubleshooting, 802.11 (a, b, and g) technologies, products & solutions.

2. To describe WLAN applications and site surveys;

3. To discuss resilient WLAN products, design, installation, configuration and troubleshooting;

4. To investigate WLAN security issues and emerging wireless technologies;

5. To develop team work and presentation skills in the context of the module curricula;

Prior learning requirements

CT5004 or CT5005 completed


Introduction to Wireless LAN standards, (802.11 (a,b,g and n) )

the operation of the Network Interface Cards, Wireless Radio Technology, Wireless Topologies, Access Points, Bridges, Antennas, Security, Concept of Network Traffic / Queing theory,

Application, Design and Site Survey Preparation,

Site Survey, Troubleshooting Management and Diagnostics.


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:  Describe wireless radio technologies, topologies and IEEE 802.11 wireless standards.

LO2:  Configure and install wireless access points, bridges, adapters, and antennae.

LO3:  Select appropriate design, installation, configuration and monitoring for WLAN giving due consideration to professional, ethical and legal issues.

LO4:  Identify wireless security threats and vulnerabilities;

LO5:  Evaluate emerging wireless technologies in a professional and responsible manner while working as a team demonstrating effective communication/interpersonal skills, management and leadership attributes


Core Text:

Fundamentals of Wireless LANs Companion Guide (Cisco Networking Academy) (Cisco Networking Academy Program) ISBN-10: 1587131196

Other Texts:

Building a Cisco Wireless Lan ISBN-10: 192899458X

Secure Wireless Networks 802.11 ISBN-10: 0471237159



University Library website-

Electronic Databases:

IEEE Xplore / IETDigital Library (IEL) -

ACDM Digital Library -

Wiley Online Library -