COMP608 – 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 and complete the Cisco Certified Network Associate 1 (CCNA1) Curriculum.
  • BI1804
  • IT0101
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Apply knowledge of networking, including reference models, addressing, cabling, wireless, protocols, topologies, security, industry networking standards, LAN and WAN devices
Apply knowledge of network services including name resolution, access to data, applications, printing, and authentication.
Given an unfamiliar scenario, analyse, design, build, troubleshoot and document a network solution
- 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
- Troubleshooting (self-directed learning)
- Analyse a network to find and fix faults
- Network Design (self-directed learning)
- Design a small business network to given specifications
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.