Module Details

Module Code: NETW C7027
Full Title: Network Design
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 5
Module Owner:: Martin McCourt
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: This module provides the student with a system-wide perspective on LAN/WAN design with an emphasis on analysis and techniques for ensuring scalability in networks.
The student will be equipped to design enterprise networks that meet a customer’s requirements for functionality, capacity, performance, availability, scalability, affordability, security, and manageability.
 
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Indentify a customer's needs and objectives.
MLO2 Analyse both technical and business goals and contraints.
MLO3 Characterise an existing network and its traffic.
MLO4 Design a network topology and addressing scheme.
MLO5 Select the most appropriate switching and routing protocols.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
 
Module Indicative Content
Business Goals and Constraints
Using a Top-Down Network Design Methodology, Changes in Enterprise Networks, Analyzing Business Constraints.
Technical Goals
Scalability, Availability, Network Performance, Security, Manageability.
Characterising the existing Network Infrastructure
Characterising Network Addressing and Naming, Characterising Wiring and Media, Analysing network availability and performance.
Characterising Network Traffic
Characterising Traffic Flow, Charactersing traffic load and behaviour, Characterising Quality of Service Requirements.
Designing a Network Topology
Hierarchical Network Design, Redundant Network Design Topologies, Fundamental VLAN Designs, Redundancy and Load Sharing in Wired LANs.
Physical Network Design
Designing Models for Addressing and Numbering, Selecting Switching and Routing Protocols.
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
Final Examination70.00%
Module Special Regulation
 

Assessments

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 10
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 4 Learning Outcome 1,2
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
This assignment is linked to the student's year long project. The objective is based on specifying the requirements for their own practical project
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 10 Learning Outcome 1,2,3
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Mid Term written test or essay
No Project
No Practical
Final Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 70
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 120
Assessment Description
End of semester exam

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Class Test % of Total Mark 30
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 6 Learning Outcome 1,2,3
Duration in minutes 60
Assessment Description
Mid Term Exam
No Project
No Practical
Final Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 70
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
End of semester exam
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 4.00 4
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 4.00 4
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Kurose and Ross. (2017), Computer Networking - A Top Down Approach, 7. Pearson, [ISBN: 9780134310954].
  • Huseni Saboowala, Muhammad Abid & Sudhir Modali. (2013), Designing Networks and Services for the Cloud, Cisco Press, [ISBN: 9781587142949].
  • Priscilla Oppenheimer.. (2011), Top-Down Network Design, 3rd Edition, 3. Cisco Press, [ISBN: 1-58720-283-2].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • James Mc Cabe. (2007), Network Analysis, Architecture, and Design, Third Edition, 3. [ISBN: 0-08-054875-X].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources