module specification

CT7141 - Advanced Routing Protocols (2015/16)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2015/16, but may be subject to modification
Module title Advanced Routing Protocols
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing
Total study hours 200
152 hours Guided independent study
48 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Case Study
Unseen Examination 50%   Unseen Practical Examination
Running in 2015/16
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This module tackles all issues important in the design, implementation, configuration and troubleshooting of advanced routing protocols in computer networks. It involves aspects such as, IP v4 and 6, Advance routing protocols such as Multi Area OSPF, IS-IS and BGP.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  1. To involve students with all aspects of designing, building, implementing and troubleshooting a local area network which will incorporate  routing devices.
  2. To ensure that students can apply advanced routing protocols to achieve effective and efficient routing table in a campus network.
  3. To provide a clear understanding and application of the various protocols needed to enable the successful operation of routing  devices within computer networks.


Intelligent Information Network (IIN) and the Service-Oriented Network Architecture (SONA).
Routing fundamentals, static and dynamic routing protocols.
IPv6 concepts, addressing, routing, OSPFv3, and IPv4 to IPv6 translation.
Multi area OSPF, Stub, Totally Stubby, and Not-So-Stubby Areas in OSPF, Virtual Links.
Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS),ISO Addressing, IP Routing with Integrated IS-IS.
Route optimization, Policy Routing, Route Redistribution.
BGP Concepts and Terminology, EBGP and IBGP, BGP Configuration and Verification.
Multicast Routing protocols, IGMP and layer 2 issues, Multicast Configuration and Verification.

Learning and teaching

A series of lectures cover the entire syllabus. An extensive laboratory programme enhances the understanding of the theoretical concepts in their practical context.  Latest Cisco CCNP Route lab manual and Cisco hardware routers will be used in the lab to perform series of adavance lab acativities. Each student will be given its own router to configure in the lab. Various netwroking cables will be used to set up the network topology prior starting the labs. Students are required to keep a hand written logbook to record all the lab acativities. A case study will be given to student to apply all their learning to design and configure a complex netwook topology. To support the student learning and to test their knowledge, series of open and closed book chapers tests will be given to student that mainly covers the concepts required to undertake and complete the case study. Student will be given the opportunity to use real networking hardware to complete their case study.

A range of appropriate textbooks will be used, however, much of the material will be supported by articles and Internet URLs.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to: 

LO1. Implement appropriate technologies to build a scalable routed network.
LO2. Understand the key characteristics of scalable internetworks, traffic patterns in converged  networks, and how routing protocols fit into these scalable models.
LO3. Identify, configure, verify static and default routes, and IGP/EGP dynamic routing protocols such as , single/ Multi  area  OSPF, IS-IS and BGP .
LO4. Understand the important characteristics of BGP and the way in which it behaves differently from IGP routing protocols.
LO5. Understand  a detailed overview of IP multicast, how multicast applications utilize multicast technology and the benefit multicast provides to the user of the applications.
LO6. Plan, execute and report on individual or group programmes of work.


Assessment strategy

Case study on a complex network topology using advance routing  proptocols and final  practical  examination consist of configuring a router and switch topology using Internet Operating System (IOS) command line:

Practical Examination: LO1 to 4   
Case study: LO2,3,4 & 6


1. Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) Foundation Learning Guide(2012), Cisco press, ISBN1587058820
2. Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (2007) , Cisco Press; ISBN 1587052237
3. Cisco Systems Inc, (2004) Advanced Routing Companion Guide (Cisco Networking Academy Program) (2nd Edition), Cisco Press, ISBN: 1587131358
4. Cisco Systems Inc , (2004) Advanced Routing Lab Companion (CCNP Cisco Networking Academy Program), Cisco Press, ISBN: 158713134X
5. Rowe, S.H. and Schuh, M.L. (2005) Computer Networking, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13- 191126-0.