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COMP503 – Introduction to Networks

Module code
Module title
Introduction to Networks
To enable students to apply a broad operational knowledge of networking, and associated services and technologies to meet typical organisational requirements.
  • BI1601
  • BI1607
  • IT7000
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Apply knowledge of networking, including reference models, addressing, cabling, wireless,
protocols, topologies, security, industry networking standards, LAN and WAN devices

2. Apply knowledge of network services including name resolution, access to data,
applications, printing, and authentication
Exploring networks:
- LAN and WAN topologies
- The changing network environment

Network models:
- The seven layer OSI model
- TCP/IP model

Network protocols and communication includes:
- Rules of communication
- Network protocols

Ethernet technologies:
- Legacy, Fast, Gigabit Ethernet technologies
- Future Ethernet options

Router and Switch networking configuration:
- Physically cabling a network
- Basic router and switch command line interface configuration
- Network troubleshooting tools

IP Addressing and subnetting:
- IPv4 and IPv6 network addressing
- Fixed and variable length subnetting
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Teaching methods will involve theoretical and practical classes which may include but not limited to lectures, class discussions, tutorials, case studies, simulations, computer laboratory work, group activities, face-to-face and online activities.
Assessment Criteria
In order to receive a passing grade, students must achieve a minimum 40% average over all supervised tests and achieve 50% overall for the module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Cisco Netspace Learning Management System
Computer Network lab with Cisco routers and switches
Required Textbooks
Online Learning material located at Students will gain access through enrolment into Cisco Netspace.

An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.

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