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Network Protocols & Infrastructure

Title

Network Protocols & Infrastructure

Level

4

Credit Value

15

Module Aims

The advent of computer networks has revolutionised industries across all sectors. Computer networking allows businesses to grow by providing cost-effective resource sharing, by improving storage efficiency, access & flexibility, by cutting costs on software and by securing valuable information.

This module aims to equip students with the fundamental knowledge of computer architecture and networked computer systems. The main components of a personal computer and network elements required to build a small-networked computer will be discussed in detail. A focus will be on switching basics and small-scale routing. This includes topics such as advanced IP addressing techniques, command-line interface (CLI) configuration of Ethernet switches, routers and Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs). Software based real-world scenarios are used to enhance the theoretical knowledge of network devices and configure both Ethernet switching and IP addressing. An introduction to automotive communication network protocols that includes Flex Ray, CAN and LIN will also be covered.
Skills acquired in this module will enable students to identify, plan, build and maintain networked PC systems, as well as troubleshoot common hardware and software problems in an industrial environment.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

• Describe the purpose and functions of various computer components and processor architectures.
• Explain the Open System Interconnection (OSI) and TCP/IP model and their associated protocols.
• Describe the function of OSI protocols and the benefits of using private and public IP addressing.
• Interpret network diagrams and implement appropriate addressing schemes to design sub-networks.
• Use appropriate instructions to configure network devices.
• Apply basic utilities to troubleshoot network connectivity.