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COMP702 – Scaling Networks

Module code
Module title
Scaling Networks
To enable students to gain an understanding of the architecture, components, security, troubleshooting and operation of large-scale networks.
  • BI1601
  • BI1804
  • IT7000
NZQA Level
Level 7
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate an understanding of Wide Area Network technologies and secure network design principles through software-defined networking, virtualisation, and automation concepts which support digitalisation of large networks.
2. Configure and troubleshoot large scale networks using network management tools including controller-based architecture and application programming interface enabled network automation tools.
3. Analyse, design, build, troubleshoot and document a network solution using secure network design principles for a large organisation.
Single Area OSPFv2
- Point to point networks
- Broadcast multiaccess networks

Network Security Concepts
- Threats and exploits mitigation
- ACLs
- NAT services
- VPNs and IPsec

WAN technology and concepts
- WAN access technologies
- Quality of Service (QoS) implementation

Network Management and Design
- Tools for monitoring of network.
- Characteristics of scalable network architectures.
- Network virtualization.

Network Troubleshooting
- Troubleshooting enterprise networks

Network Automation
- RESTful APIs

Configuration management tools.
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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