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Department of Information Technology Page 1 of 3ICON College of Technology and ManagementPearson BTEC HND in Computing (RQF)Unit 2: Networking (L4)Schedule of WorkThis unit is aimed at achieving the following learning outcomes:LO1: Examine networking principles and their protocolsLO2: Explain networking devices and operationsLO3: Design efficient networked systemsLO4: Implement and diagnose networked systems SessionIndicative ContentsActivityWeek 1LO1Introduction to the unit contents, assessment types, thesignificance of networking in communication technologies.• Discuss the benefits and constraints of different network typesand standards.• Investigate the purpose, resource implications, communication,working practice, commercial opportunity, information sharingand collaboration.Overview of OSI networking standards and explore thefunctionalities of different layers.• Explore and analyse conceptual models (e.g. OSI model,TCP/IP model), standards (e.g. IEEE 802.x).• Gain knowledge on 7-layer OSI reference model.Providing courseworkLectureGroup discussionSeminarAcademic writingWeek 2LO1Understand networking topology and explore the size of arequired network.• Investigate logical topology (e.g. Ethernet, Token Ring).• Investigate physical topology (e.g. star, ring, bus, mesh, tree,ring etc…).• Explain the impact of network topology, communication andbandwidth requirements.Analyse system types looking at real world scenario andnetworking types.• Discuss and study different system types.• Study the system types of peer based, client-server, cloud,cluster, centralised, virtualised.LectureDemonstrationGroup discussionSeminarQuizAcademic writingWeek 3LO1Understand IP addressing and domain name servers.• DHCP, static versus dynamic IP addressing, reservations,scopes, leases, options (DNS servers, suffixes), IP helper,DHCP relay, DNS records, Dynamic DNS.• Install and configure network services and applications.LectureSeminarGroup discussionQ/AsAcademic writingFormative feedbackWeek 4LO2Understand networking devices, their functionalities andselection decisions for network design.• Investigate networking devices and equipment.• Explore through servers; hub, routers; switches; multilayerswitch, firewall, HIDS, repeaters; bridges; wireless devices;access point (wireless/wired), content filter, load balancer,modem, packet shaper, VPN concentrator.• Discuss and explore the operating principles of networkingdevices and server types.LecturePracticeGroup discussionWeek 5LO1Investigate different type of network system• Discuss and study different system types.LectureGroup discussion Department of Information Technology Page 2 of 3 • Study the system types of peer based, client-server, cloud,cluster, centralised, virtualised.Server selection related to cost, performance and network size.• Develop a case study as a role play for a small organisation.• Discuss cost, purpose, operating system requirement.• Explore a range of server types and select server types andnetworking equipment required.• Justify the selection of a server regarding cost andperformance optimisation.LAB workWeek 6LO1Networking software requirements, interfacing with hardware anddesign requirements.• Explore through client software, server software, clientoperating system, server operating system, and firewall.• Investigate hardware (e.g. network card, cabling), permissions,system bus, local-system architecture (e.g. memory,processor, I/O devices).Understand system scalability of enhancements and options forimprovement.• Investigate what functionalities would allow a system tosupport device growth, support the addition of communicationdevices.• Discuss how to cope with bandwidth use and trend changes,protocol utilisation, addressing.LectureGroup discussionPractice / LABWeek 7LO3Understand bandwidth requirements and impact on network load.• Investigate bandwidth requirements, cost constraints andthroughput.• Group work: Plan and design an observation form toinvestigate network load to investigate average and peak load.• Record average load and anticipated peak load with access todifferent networking labs if possible.The significance of user requirements for quality systemdevelopment.• Discuss quality expectations and the concept of systemgrowth.• Produce a test plan for the selected case study.• Test and evaluate the design to meet the requirements.• Discuss and analyse user feedback requirements forcontinuous system improvement.Plan and design a network system with a developed case studyand analyse if it is fit for purpose.• Design a networked system to meet a given specification forthe case study selected.• Investigate: Suited to devices, suited to users, supportive oflifestyle desires, supportive of commercial requirements.• Justify the security requirements and quality of service needs.LectureGroup discussionSeminarLAB workQuizFormative FeedbackWeek 8LO3 – LO4Analytic factors for selection of networking components and theirimpacts.• Investigate supporting infrastructure needs.• Analyse supporting connectivity requirements.Understand installation of communication devices,• Allocation of addresses, local client configuration, serverconfiguration and server installation.• Implement a networked system related to the design preparedin the LO1 and LO2 assessment.Overview of connectivity verification methods.• Installation of internet work communication medium.LectureGroup discussionLAB work Department of Information Technology Page 3 of 3 • Conduct verification with (e.g. Ping, extended Ping, traceroute,telnet, SSH).• Record and evaluate Ping results as successful/unsuccessful.Week 9LO4• LABLABConfiguration overviewWeek 10LO4Plan and manage a maintenance schedule.• List steps for backup and restore depending on the networkand operating systems you are using and upgrades.• Discuss the significance of upgrades and securityrequirements.Document and analyse test outcomes against expected results.• Discuss the test techniques for framing, CRC, Runts andGiants.• Investigate dropped packets, late collisions and Input/outputerrors.LectureGroup discussionLAB workFormativefeedbackWeek 11LO4Plan systems monitoring and future enhancement directions.• Recommend potential enhancements for the networkedsystem.• Utilisation, bandwidth needs, monitoring user productivity.Collate the information (e.g. observation records, test results,design specification for assessment).• Review requirements for collating output and test results.LectureGroupdiscussion LABworkWeek 12LO1 – LO4Consider the assessment requirements, review progress in gatheringexamples and plan for completion of the assessment.Formative feedbackWeek 13Presentation on coursework if it is necessaryStudents supportWeek 14Study week and preparations for assignment submission and ExamsStudents supportWeek 15Students support Recommended readingBooksBurgess, M., 2003. Principles of Network and System Administration. 2nd Ed. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.Hallberg, B., 2005. Networking: A Beginner’s Guide. 4th Ed. Osborne: McGraw-Hill.Limoncelli, T. & Hogan, C., 2001. The Practice of System and Network Administration. London: Addison-Wesley.Lowe, D., 2005. Networking All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, 2nd Ed. New York: Hungry Minds Inc.Olifer, N. & Olifer, V., 2005. Computer Networks: Principles, Technologies and Protocols for Network Design.Chichester: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.Stallings, W., 2003. Data and Computer Communications. 7th Ed. New York: Prentice Hall.Subramanian, M., (2000). Network Management: An Introduction to Principles and Practice. Chichester: AddisonWesley.Tanenbaum, A., 2002. Computer Networks. London: Prentice Hall Ptr.JournalsThe Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)British Computer Society (BCS)WebsitesHN Global | BTEC Higher Nationals at Writing BooksBailey, S. (2011), Academic Writing – A Handbook for International Students, London, RoutledgeBurns, T. and Sinfield, S (2016), Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University, Los Angeles,SAGESwales, J. M and Feak, C, B. (2012), Academic Writing for Graduate Students, Ann Abor, The University of Michigan


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