Computer and Data Networks

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
21 July 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BENGG420 Computer Networks,
BENGG421 Computer Networks (Including Year Abroad),
BENGI120 Computer Networks (Including Placement Year),
BSC GH56 Information and Communication Technology,
BSC GH5P Information and Communication Technology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC I102 Information and Communication Technology (Including Placement Year),
BENGH641 Communications Engineering,
BENGHP41 Communications Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
BENGHPK1 Communications Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BENGHQ41 Communications Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
MENGH642 Communications Engineering

Module description

This module will explain internet routing, Ethernet switching, Wireless LAN and associated protocols. Addressing structures will be designed for campus scale networks and the suitability of LAN and IP protocols evaluated for a modern infrastructure.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

1. to provide students with an understanding of Internet routing, Ethernet and switched network protocols;

2. to cover the Cisco CCNA Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials syllabus;

3. to build upon material introduced in CE155.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Explain and configure routing for interconnecting switched networks.
2. Explain the principles of, and configure, Ethernet switches and associated protocols.
3. Design addressing structures and interconnecting strategies for campus scale networks.
4. Assess the suitability of relevant LAN and IP protocols within a modern communications infrastructure.
5. Explain, design and configure Wireless LAN sytems for wireless connectivity.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

Ethernet switching concepts and switch configuration
Spanning tree protocol
Virtual LANs
Inter-VLAN routing
First Hop Redundancy concepts and protocols
Dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP)
IPv6 addressing, SLAAC and DHCPv6
Wireless LAN standards
Wireless LAN components and management
Routing concepts
Static and Dynamic routing

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and Labs


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching Essentials On Line Test    37.5% 
Coursework   Assignment 1: Routing and Switching Essentials  19/03/2021  62.5% 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Anish Jindal, email: a.jindal@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Anish Jindal
CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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