Module UFCFDU-30-1 Level 4 30 credits
Module team leader: Andrew Cracknell
The aim of this unit is to provide apprentices with knowledge of computer networking essentials, how they operate, protocols, standards, security considerations and a range of networking technologies.
It gives the apprentices the knowledge and skills that they need for the planning, designing, implementation and management of computer networks and understanding of the network infrastructure capabilities and limitations.
You will cover:
network foundations, connections, internetworking, protocols, standards, performance, security and server virtualisation
fundamental building blocks (e.g. routers, switches, hubs, storage, transmission) and typical architectures (e.g. server/client, hub/spoke) of computer networks and the Internet
data and protocols and how they relate to each other
data formats and simple protocols in current use
failure modes in protocols
network protocols in widespread use on the Internet and their purpose and relationship to each other, including the physical and data link layer – e.g., HTTP, SMTP, SNMP, TCP/IP, BGP, DNS
network monitoring and mapping
static and dynamic routing protocols
wireless network security
common types of security hardware and software which are used to protect systems e.g., firewalls, encryption for data at rest, encryption for communication, intrusion detection systems (IDS), intrusion protection systems (IPS), identity and access management (IDAM) tools, anti-virus, web proxy, application firewalls, cross domain components, hardware security module (HSM), trusted platform module (TPM), unified threat module (UTM)
how these may be used to deliver risk mitigation or implement a security case
The full assignment brief will be placed here when it is issued
Component A Presentation (30 minutes)
Issued: End of block release week 2
Due: Start of block release week 3
Apprentices will be given a design requirement (including security) for a network along with an implementation. In the presentation they will:
Explain how the given implementation and components function
Explain how the given implementation meets, or does meet, the design requirement
Propose changes to the given implementation to take account of scalability
Component B Practical Report (3,000 words)
Issued: End of block release week 3
Due: Start of block release week 1 of next module
Apprentices will build a network to a given specification. They will write a report detailing the selection of components, system configuration, optimisation, testing and troubleshooting. A conclusion will be required stating how well the implementation met the requirements.
All assignments will be submitted and feedback given on the UWE Blackboard system
Reading list (link to UWE library)
All questions about this module should be directed to the module leader.
Please contact via email, which is monitored continuously