Computer and Data Networks

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
30 April 2019


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 protocols, Ethernet switches 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:

. to provide students with an understanding of Internet routing protocols, Ethernet and further IP networking;
. to cover parts 2 and 3 of the Cisco CCNA syllabus;
. 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 Internet routing protocols for interconnecting 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.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

Ethernet switching concepts and switch configuration
Spanning tree protocol
Virtual LANs
Internet routing protocols
Introduction to Classless Routing and IP address scaling
Distance vector routing protocols, RIP and EIGRP
Link-state routing protocols OSPF
Configuration of RIP, EIGRP and OSPFEIGRP and BGP
Comparison between distance vector and link stateBasic performance measurements for routing protocols
Access control lists
Dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP)
Network address translation
Wireless Ethernet

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 Test - wk 17 25%
Coursework Cisco CCNA Scaling Networks Test - wk 30 25%
Coursework Assignment 1 Routing and Switching Essentials - wk 10 06/12/2019 25%
Coursework Assignment 2 Scaling Networks - wk 24 13/03/2020 25%
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Martin Reed
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

Dr Yunfei Chen
University of Warwick
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 102 hours, 22 (21.6%) hours available to students:
80 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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