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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 10/01/2023 10:55:52

Title of Module: CCNA: CyberOps

Code: COMP09116 SCQF Level: 9
(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:Althaff  Mohideen

Summary of Module

Cybersecurity operations play a key part in securing information systems through monitoring, detecting, investigating, analysing, and responding to security events, thus protecting systems from cybersecurity risks, threats, and vulnerabilities. Cybersecurity operations jobs are also among the fastest-growing roles in IT, as organizations set up Security Operations Centre’s (SOCs), and establish teams to monitor and respond to security incidents.

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

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. Critically evaluate cyber security policies, standards, processes, and guidelines for the security management and monitoring of critical enterprise infrastructure.

L2. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of potential security threats, the securing of host and network devices, and the integration of security and cryptographic systems.

L3. Install, configure and test network security technologies according to industry standards using commercial equipment.

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.

Students will develop a critical understanding of fundamental security layers and processes involved in cyber operations.
They will obtain critical knowledge and understanding of the commercial and economic context of running cyber operations.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Students will gain in-depth knowledge about cyber operations by identifying the key attributes to an attack by investigating cyber attacks.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

To complete their group reports, students will first build skills to critically understand key issues in managing cyber operations. They will develop learning awareness of comprehensive security architectures based upon multiple layers of protection.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

In the labs, students will be able to work in groups to discuss various cyber security protections to develop technical communication skills with peers and lecturer. They will also develop the ability to write formal technical reports and documentation in the group report. The labs will develop ICT skills by configuring computers and network devices to allow/disallow attacks on these devices.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Students will demonstrate an ability to work independently on their own laboratory task and acquire the autonomy and accountability through these tasks. In the lab sessions, they will autonomously plan and manage the work progress and finish the writing of the lab note and report in a timely and professional manner. They will also gain accountability and teamwork skills by finishing the group report which require cooperation from the team members and thus develop the teamwork spirit and cooperation skills.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Learning and Teaching
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 Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop24
Independent Study152
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 Net Academy

McNab, C. (2016). Network Security Assessment: Know Your Network (3rd Edition), O’Reilly. ISBN-10: 149191095X, ISBN-13: 978-1491910955

Nathans, D. (2014). Designing and Building a Security Operations Center, Syngress. ISBN-10: 128008997, ISBN-13: 978-0128008997

Santos, O and Muniz, J (2017), CCNA Cyber Ops (SECFND #210-250 and SECOPS #210-255) Official Cert Guide Library (1st Edition), Cisco Press. ISBN-10: 1587145006, ISBN-13: 978-1587145001

Chu, A (2019), CCNA Cyber Ops SECOPS – Certification Guide 210-255: Learn the skills to pass the 210-255 certification exam and become a competent SECOPS associate, Packt Publishing. ISBN-10: 1838559868
ISBN-13: 978-1838559861

(**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

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelApplied Computing
ModeratorSteve Eager
External ExaminerM Davis
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Online Exam (50%) and Ongoing Assessments (10%)
Practical Skills Test(40%)
(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
Unseen open bookcheck markcheck mark 100
Class test (written)check markcheck mark 500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (practical) check markcheck mark400
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 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

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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