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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 04/03/2022 11:41:40

Title of Module: CCNA1: Introduction to Networks

Code: COMP07012 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Steve  Eager

Summary of Module

This module covers part 1 of the CCNAv7 curriculum, including: Networking Today; Basic Switch and End Device Configuration; Protocols and Models; Physical Layer; Number Systems; Data Link Layer; Ethernet Switching; Network Layer; Address Resolution; Basic Router Configuration; IPv4 Addressing; IPv6 Addressing; ICMP; Transport Layer; Application Layer; Network Security Fundamentals; Build a Small Network.

The module makes use of Cisco Networking Academy teaching materials, and is designed to give students the opportunity to progress towards CCNA certification.

This module aims to develop a number of 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes to make those who complete this module:


  • Analytical
  • Inquiring
  • Ethically-minded
  • Emotionally Intelligent
  • Research-minded
  • Collaborative
  • Socially Responsible

Work Ready

  • Enterprising
  • Knowledgeable
  • Technically Skilled
  • Problem-Solver
  • Effective Communicator
  • Influential
  • Motivated
  • Ambitious
  • Potential Leader


  • Innovative
  • Incisive
  • Creative
  • Imaginative
  • Resilient
  • Driven
  • Daring
  • Transformational

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the area of computer networking and its terminology

L2. Design, implement, and test the operation of a basic computer network

L3. Demonstrate an understanding of the operation of a range of networking protocols and devices

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

- Understanding the terminology and concepts of the area of computer networking

- Understanding the operation of a range of networking protocols and devices

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

- Designing a network (including its addressing scheme) to meet requirements

- Implementing a network to a given design- Use of basic testing and troubleshooting tools

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

- Using methodical approach when solving problems

- Justifying the use of a particular solution to a problem

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

- Basic configuration of IT systems in a networked environment- Working with numbers in a variety of bases

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

- Working in small teams to solve problems

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Lectures are used to put across the most important points of the theory and concepts of computer networking, and tutorial sessions reinforce these theoretical concepts. Practical laboratory sessions allow students to practise design, implementation and testing of networks. Cisco Networking Academy materials provide an online resource which can be used both during and outside classroom hours.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery10
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop30
Independent Study150
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Cisco Networking Academy CCNA Routing and Switching course materials.Cisco's online curriculum at

Access to a networking lab with equipment supporting the latest version of the CCNA curriculum

Software: Packet tracer, VirtualBox, Wireshark, Putty

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
For the purposes of this module, academic engagement equates to the following:
Attendance and participation in at least 75% of classes
Completion of online formative assessments (Chapter Tests) in Cisco's Netacad VLE

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBusiness & Applied Computing
ModeratorDuncan Thomson
External ExaminerR Khusainov
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
A timed computer-based online test (worth 50% of the module marks) will test student knowledge of the concepts and knowledge. This will normally be that provided through the Cisco Networking Academy. A number of formative chapter-focussed online tests will prepare the student for this assessment
A timed lab-based skills assessment (worth 50% of the module marks) will test student skills and applied knowledge of networks.
A timed lab-based on-line skills assessment (worth 50% of the module marks) will test student skills and applied knowledge of networks.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 4 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The University policies on equality and diversity will apply to this module.In order for the student to complete this module the student will be required to take part in laboratory and computer-based exercises, including both computer-based and laboratory-based assessments. Students with substantial physical impairments or visual or auditory handicaps should be assessed and counselled prior to selecting courses requiring this module.When a student discloses a disability an advisor will agree the appropriate adjustments to be made, consulting with the module coordinator if necessary.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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