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1.

Name of Course
Fundamentals of Computer Networks

2.

Course Code
AACS2034

3.

Name(s) of academic staff


Ms. Lim Mei Shyan
Ms. Kong Hooi Ming
Ms Jessie Teoh Poh Lin

4.

Rationale for the inclusion of the course in the programme


This course provides students to obtain knowledge in the areas of computer
networks.
Course Objectives:
Introduce the fundamental networking concepts and technologies to
the students.
Expose students to the various software and hardware components
used in a Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN)
environment.
Provide students the skills in constructing straight-through and crossover cable, setup and troubleshooting the basic LAN network

5.

Semester and Year offered


Semester 2, Year 2

6.

Total Student Learning Time (SLT)


Total Student
Face to Face
Learning Time (SLT)
L=Lecture
T=Tutorial
P=Practical
O=Others

7.

Credit Value
4

8.

Prerequisite (if any)


None

9.

Learning outcomes

28

14

28

Total Guided
and
Independent
Learning

Total SLT

81

160

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:


CLO1: Explain the role of seven layers of OSI model. (C2, A2)
CLO2: Examine the TCP/IP protocols and the function of well-known
TCP/IP applications, such as the World Wide Web and email, and their
related services such as HTTP, DNS, DHCP, SMTP/POP, Telnet, TCP,
UDP, ICMP, IP and ARP. (C4, CTPS, LL)
CLO3: Calculate a suitable network addressing scheme and setup a
network based on a given business scenario. (C3, P3)
10. Transferable Skills:
Skills and how they are developed and assessed, Project and practical
experience and Internship
Transferable Skills

11.

Assessment

Make effective use of


IT for obtaining
information

How they are


developed
Developed through
lessons and
coursework.

Setup and configure


TCP/IP internetworks

Developed through
practical

Assessed through
practical

Analyse problems and


find appropriate
solutions based on
rationale and objective
reasoning

Developed through
coursework, lessons
and examination

Assessed through
coursework and
examination

Teaching-learning and assessment strategy


Teaching-learning Strategy
Pair/Group Discussions
Library Research
Internet Research
E-learning
Computer Laboratory Practical
Assessment
Test(s)
Quizzes
Skill Based Assessment
Examination

12. Synopsis

Assessed through
coursework

This course provides an overview of networking concepts and technologies.


Students will be exposed to network models, protocols and Ethernet
technology. These fundamental concepts will provide the foundation for
network technologies and applications.
13. Mode of Delivery
Lecture
Tutorial
Practical
14. Assessment Methods and Types
Coursework (60%)
Test(s)
Quizzes
Skill Based Assessment
Examination (40%)
15. Mapping of the course to the Programme Education Objectives
Course
Learning
Outcomes
CLO1
CLO2
CLO3

Programme Education Objectives


PO1

PO2

PO3

PO4

16. Mapping of the course to the Programme Learning Outcomes


Course
Learning
Outcomes
CLO1
CLO2
CLO3

Programme Learning Outcomes


PLO1

PLO2

PLO3

PLO4

PLO5

PLO6

PLO7

PLO8

PLO9

17. Content outline of the course and the SLT per topic
Week
Topic
Student Learning Time (SLT)
L
T
P
O
Total
Guided
and
Indepen
dent
Learning
1-3
Introduction to Networks
5
2.5
Lab
7

activit
ies,
refer
to
Item
19
(28
hours
)

LANs, WANs and


Internetworks
The Network as a
Platform
Trends of Computer
Networking
Rules of
Communications
Network Protocols and
Standards
Moving Data in the
Network

Network Access
Physical Layer
Protocols
Network Media
Data Link Layer
Protocols
Media Access Control

5-6

Ethernet
Ethernet Protocol
Address
Resolution
Protocol
LAN Switches

6-7

Network Layer
Network Layer
Protocols
Routing
Routers

1.5

8-9

Transport Layer
Transport
Protocols
TCP and UDP

1.5

3-5

Layer

9 - 11

12- 13

13-14

IP Addressing
IPv4
Addresses
IPv6
Addresses

2.5

Subnetting IP Networks
Subnetting
an
IPv4
Network
Addressing Schemes
VLSM calculation

1.5

Application Layer
Application
Layer
Protocols
Well-Known Application
Layer Protocols and
Services

1.5

Network
Network

Test(s)
Quizzes
Skill Based Assessment
Final Exam
Total
28
Total SLT
Subject Credit
18. Main references supporting the course

14

28
160
4

2
2
3

6
14
10

2
9

15
81

1. Cisco Networking Academy. 2014. CCNA Routing and Switching:


Introduction to Networks: coursebooklet. Cisco Press
2. Dye, M.A., McDonald, R. and Rufi, A. W. 2012. Network
Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide. Cisco Press.
Additional references supporting the course
1. FitzGerald, J., Dennis, A. and Durcikova, A. 2012. Business Data
Communications. 11th edn. Wiley.
2. Stallings, W. 2009. Business Data Communications. 6th edn. Prentice

Hall.
3. Lammle, Todd ,2013, CCNA Routing and Switching Study Guide :

Exams 100-101, 200-101, And 200-120, Wiley

19. Other additional information:


Lab i:

4.1.2.4 Lab - Identifying Network Devices and Cabling


4.2.2.7 Lab - Building an Ethernet Crossover Cable
Lab 5.1.12 - Building a Peer-to-Peer Network
Lab 5.1.13b - Building a Switch-based Network

Lab ii:
2.3.3.4 Lab Building a Simple Network
2.3.3.5 Lab Configuring a Switch Management Address
Introduction to Packet Tracer
Lab iii:
3.3.3.4 Lab - Using Wireshark to View Network Traffic
Lab iv:
5.1.3.6 Lab - Viewing Network Device MAC Addresses
5.3.1.10 Lab - Using IOS CLI with Switch MAC Address Tables
Lab v:
6.2.2.8 Lab - Viewing Host Routing Tables.
6.3.1.9 Lab - Exploring Router Physical Characteristics
6.4.3.5 Lab - Building a Switch and Router Network
Lab vi:
7.2.1.8 Lab - Using Wireshark to Observe the TCP 3-Way Handshake
7.2.3.5 Lab - Using Wireshark to Examine a UDP DNS Capture
Lab vii:
8.1.2.7 Lab - Using the Windows Calculator with Network Addresses
8.1.2.8 Lab - Converting IPv4 Addresses to Binary
8.1.4.8 Lab - Identifying IPv4 Addresses
8.2.5.4 Lab - Identifying IPv6 Addresses
Lab viii:
8.2.5.5 Lab - Configuring IPv6 Addresses on Network Devices
8.3.2.7 Lab - Testing Network Connectivity with Ping and Traceroute
Lab ix
9.1.4.8 Lab - Calculating IPv4 Subnets
9.1.4.9 Lab - Subnetting Network Topologies
9.2.1.3 Lab - Designing and Implementing a Subnetted IPv4
Addressing Scheme

9.2.1.4 Lab - Designing and Implementing a VLSM Addressing


Scheme