COMP06198 2015 Networking Fundamentals

General Details

Full Title
Networking Fundamentals
Transcript Title
Networking 201
N/A %
Subject Area
COMP - Computing
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2015 - Full Academic Year 2015-16
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Drew Lang, Paul Flynn, Fiona Mitchell
Programme Membership
SG_KCOMP_H08 201500 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing SG_KCOMP_G07 201500 Bachelor of Science in Computing SG_KCOMP_G06 201500 Higher Certificate in Science in Computing SG_KCOMP_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing SG_KSYSN_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Computing in Systems and Networking L7 SG_KCOMP_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing

This subject provides a a top-down approach to the basic networking concepts necessary for implementing a network within an organisation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the structure of a network, including how data flow from source to destination.


Define the layers of the OSI model along with their functions and protocols used in the data communication process.


Describe and implement an IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and naming schemes in network communications


Install, configure and troubleshoot a simple network using routers and switches.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Simulation-based learning activities promote the exploration of networking concepts and allow students to experiment with network behaviour.

Hands-on labs help students develop critical thinking and complex problem solving skills.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment will take place in a laboratory environment employing simulation techniques as well as hands on testing using approved industry standard equipment

Repeat Assessments

Repat exam and/or practical to examine the learning outcomes that have not been achieved.

Indicative Syllabus

Ethernet Technologies

  • Describe the operation of the Ethernet sublayers.
  • Describe the purpose and characteristics of the Ethernet MAC address and ARP
  • Explain ARP and how ARP requests impact network and host performance.
  • Explain switching concepts, Compare fixed configuration and modular switches and Configure a Layer 3 switch.

Network Layer

  • Explain how network layer protocols and services support communications across data networks.
  • Explain how routers enable end-to-end connectivity in a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Determine the appropriate device to route traffic in a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Configure a router with basic configurations.

Transport Layer

  • Describe the purpose of the transport layer in managing the transportation of data in end-to-end communication.
  • Describe characteristics of the TCP and UDP protocols, including port numbers and their uses.
  • Explain how TCP session establishment and termination processes facilitate reliable communication.
  • Explain how TCP protocol data units are transmitted and acknowledged to guarantee delivery.
  • Explain the UDP client processes to establish communication with a server.
  • Determine whether high-reliability TCP transmissions, or non-guaranteed UDP transmissions, are best suited for common applications.

IP Addressing

  • Describe the structure of an IPv4 address and the purpose of the subnet mask
  • Compare the characteristics and uses of the unicast, broadcast, and multicast IPv4 addresses.
  • Compare the use of public address space and private address space.
  • Explain the need for IPv6 addressing and describe the representation of an IPv6 address.
  • Describe types of IPv6 network addresses.
  • Configure global unicast addresses.
  • Describe multicast addresses.
  • Describe the role of ICMP in an IP network. (Include IPv4 and IPv6.)

Subnetting Networks

Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Explain why routing is necessary for hosts on different networks to communicate.
  • Describe IP as a communication protocol used to identify a single device on a network.
  • Given a network and a subnet mask, calculate the number of host addresses available.
  • Calculate the necessary subnet mask in order to accommodate the requirements of a network.
  • Describe the benefits of variable length subnet masking (VLSM).
  • Explain how IPv6 address assignments are implemented in a business network.

Application Layer

Upon completion of this chapter you be able to:

  • Explain how the functions of the application layer, session layer, and presentation layer work together to provide network services to end user applications.
  • Describe how common application layer protocols interact with end user applications.
  • Describe, at a high level, common application layer protocols that provide Internet services to end-users, including WWW services and email.
  • Describe application layer protocols that provide IP addressing services, including DNS and DHCP.
  • Describe the features and operation of well-known application layer protocols that allow for file sharing services, including FTP, File Sharing Services, SMB protocol,
  • Explain how data is moved across the network, from opening an application, to receiving data.

Its a Network

  • Identify the devices and protocols used in a small network
  • Describe the need for basic security measures on network devices.
  • Identify security vulnerabilities and general mitigation techniques.
  • Configure network devices with device hardening features to mitigate security threats.
  • Troubleshoot using ping, trace and show commands to establish relative network performance.
  • Use the basic host and IOS commands to acquire information about the devices in a network.
  • Apply the commands to back up and restore an IOS configuration file.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Multiple Choice Introduction to Networks Final Examination Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 25 % Week 13 1,2,3,4
2 Continuous Assessment - VLSM Addressing Scheme and Practical Implementation Continuous Assessment Assessment 25 % Week 12 1,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam 2 hour written examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theoretical aspects of course 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Computer Laboratory Problem Based Learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Offsite Self Directed Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2013 Introduction to Networks Cisco Press

ISBN - ISBN-10: 1-58713-316-4

Recommended Reading
Jun 2013 CCNA Routing and Switching Protable Command Guide, rd Edition Cisco Press

ISBN-10: 1-58720-430-4

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources



URL Resources

Other Resources

Simulation Software (Packet Tracer & GNS3)

IT Sligo Moodle Account

Additional Information