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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/07/2022 16:05:05

Title of Module: CCNA1/2: Networks, Routing, Switching & WLANs

Code: COMP09115 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 30 ECTS: 15
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Sean  Sturley

Summary of Module

This module covers the first two parts of the CCNAv7 curriculum.  The module makes use of Cisco Networking Academy teaching materials, and is designed to give students the opportunity to progress towards CCNA certification

The Part 1 curriculum covers: 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 Part 2 curriculum covers: Basic Device Configuration; Switching Concepts; VLANs; Inter-VLAN Routing; STP; Etherchannel DHCPv4; SLAAC and DHCPv6 Concepts; FHRP Concepts;  LAN Security Concepts; Switch Security Concepts; WLAN Concepts;  WLAN Configuration; Routing Concepts;  IP Static Routing; Troubleshoot Static and Default Routes

This module will normally be delivery as a long, thin module across T1 and T2.

This module will work to develop a number of the key 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes to make those who complete this module:


  • Critical Thinker
  • Ethically-minded
  • Research-minded

Work Ready

  • Problem-Solver
  • Effective Communicator
  • Ambitious


  • Autonomous
  • Resilient
  • Driven

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 detailed knowledge of commonly used networking protocols, including IPv4 and IPv6 addressing/routing

L2. Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of switched networks, and how these integrate with wireless and routed networks

L3. Use network configuration skills to build networks from routers and switches to meet specified criteria

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 9.

understanding common networking protocol operation
understanding IPv4 and IPv6 addressing, including subnetting
understanding the integration of switches, routers and wireless network components

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

configuring network devices based on Cisco IOS
configuring routers and switches to meet given criteria

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

troubleshooting network problems using a variety of tools

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

performing subnetting calculations for IP addresses
configuring devices using a CLI and/or GUI
using a range of software tools to support building and maintaining a network

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

coordinating work on a number of network devices within a small group towards a common goal

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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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. Practical laboratory sessions allow students to practice design, implementation and testing of networks. Cisco Networking Academy materials provide an online resource, including formative assessments and simulations, 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 Delivery20
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop52
Independent Study228
300 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 CCNA1: Introduction to Networks course materials.

Cisco Networking Academy CCNA2: Routing, Switching and Wireless Essentials course materials.

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:
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 PanelApplied Computing
ModeratorDuncan Thomson
External ExaminerR Khusainov
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The first coursework category aligns with CCNA1: Introduction to Networks. It comprises a test assessing mainly the theoretical outcomes (weighted as 30%) and an individual practical skills-based test assessing the practical skills gained by the students (weighted as 20%) are combined in one category.
The second coursework category aligns with CCNA2: Routing, Switching and Wireless Essentials. It comprises a test assessing mainly the theoretical outcomes (weighted as 30%) and an individual practical skills-based test assessing the practical skills gained by the students (weighted as 20%) are combined in one category.
(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
Class test (written)check mark  301
Class test (practical)  check mark202

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written) check mark 301
Class test (practical)  check mark202
Combined Total For All Components100% 6 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 handicaps should be assessed and counselled prior to selecting courses requiring this module. When a student discloses a disability a special needs advisor will - after consulting with the module coordinator - agree the appropriate adjustments to be made.

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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