Computer networks are the
driving force behind the evolution of computer systems and allow users to
access data, hardware and services regardless of their location.

Being knowledgeable about the
underlying principles of networking is of vital importance to all IT
professionals. Networking is an environment that is increasingly complex and
under continuous development.

Complex computer networking has
connected the world by groups of small networks through internet links to
support global communications. It supports access to digital information
anytime, anywhere using many applications like e-mail, audio and video transmission,
including the World Wide Web, and this has opened the floodgates to the
availability of information.

The aim of this unit is to
provide students with wider background knowledge of computer networking
essentials, how they operate, protocols, standards, security considerations and
the prototypes associated with a range of networking technologies.

Students will explore a range of
hardware, with related software, and will configure and install these to gain
knowledge of networking systems. A range of networking technologies will be
explored to deliver a fundamental knowledge of Local Area Networking (LAN),
Wide Area Networking (WAN) and their evolution to form largescale networks and
the protocol methodologies related to IP data networks will be explored.

On successful completion of this
unit students will gain knowledge and skills to successfully install, operate
and troubleshoot a small network; and the operation of IP data networks,
router, switching technologies, IP routing technologies, IP services and basic
troubleshooting. Supporting a range of units in the Higher National suite, this
unit underpins the principles of networks for all and enables students to work towards
their studies in vendor units, if applicable.

Students will develop skills
such as communication literacy, critical thinking, analysis, reasoning and
interpretation, which are crucial for gaining employment and developing
academic competence.

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