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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 email, audio and video transmission, including the World Wide Web, and this has opened the floodgates to the availability of information.

The aim of this course 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 large-scale networks and the protocol methodologies related to IP data networks will be explored.

On successful completion of this course 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.

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

By the end of this course a student will be able to:

  • Examine networking principles and their protocols.
  • Explain networking devices and operations.
  • Design efficient networked systems.
  • Implement and diagnose networked systems.

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • Students must be over 18 years of age.
  • A Level 3 qualification in Business or an international equivalent.

The qualification is wholly in English language. Students should demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to one of the identified levels below:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5
  • or equivalent.

Registration process:

  • Based on course settings, students might be requested to fill in an application and provide us with correct information about themselves before being able to proceed with the course (the application is online).
  • We will contact you by email if we need more details after submitting your application.
  • After approval, you can proceed with payment and start the course.

Materials are organized under different lessons. The lessons consist of self-study contents including reading-texts, practical activity, assignment and quizzes in which students can engage and learn.

The course has supervisors and instructors; they are available online to support students by answering their questions or explain different topics to them. This will be managed under discussion section, forums, direct contact or by online meetings.

When student successfully completes all lessons, quizzes and pass assignment, he/she will be offered a certificate.

The course is available as an individual or under Pearson Qualifications (HNC/HND) in Computing. The price will be updated based on the selected option. The individual course fee is higher because awarding body has additional fees for individual enrollment. At the same time, a discount will be automatically added when you order HNC/HND in Computing or if you’re already enrolled under these qualifications.

Courses awarded under Next Gates have no discount, and the fee is already reduced.

* Note that prices don’t include VAT. It might be added at checkout based on your location.

Course Curriculum

Section One
Introduction to Networks 01:00:00
Anatomy of a Basic Network 01:00:00
Network Types 01:00:00
Networking Progress Quiz 01/10 00:30:00
Topologies 01:00:00
OSI Model Layers 1 and 2 01:00:00
OSI Model Layers 3 and 4 01:00:00
Networking Progress Quiz 02/10 00:30:00
Section Two
OSI Model Layers 5, 6, and 7 01:00:00
Protocols and Standards: Ethernet and IP 01:00:00
Protocols and Standards Continued 01:00:00
Networking Progress Quiz 03/10 00:30:00
Network Components: Media 01:00:00
Network Components: Repeaters, Hubs, Bridges and Switches 01:00:00
Network Components: Multilayer Switches and Routers 01:00:00
Networking Progress Quiz 04/10 00:35:00
Section Three
Routing 01:00:00
Servers 01:00:00
Interdependence of Servers and Workstations 01:00:00
Networking Progress Quiz 05/10 00:35:00
Wireless Network Technology 01:00:00
Introduction to Designing a Network 01:00:00
Configuring Networking Services and Applications 01:00:00
Networking Progress Quiz 06/10 00:35:00
Section Four
Topology, Fault Tolerance, and QoS 01:00:00
Designing a WAN 01:00:00
Virtual Private Networks 01:00:00
Networking Progress Quiz 07/10 00:35:00
Network Design Case Study 01:00:00
Network Security 01:00:00
Physical Network Implementation 01:00:00
Networking Progress Quiz 08/10 00:30:00
Section Five
Network Implementation 01:00:00
Network Monitoring 01:00:00
Network Policy 01:00:00
Networking Progress Quiz 09/10 00:30:00
Network Maintenance 01:00:00
Troubleshooting 01:00:00
Troubleshooting Scenarios 01:00:00
Networking Progress Quiz 10/10 00:25:00

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  • 4 months
  • Course Certificate
  • 15 Credits
  • Core
  • English
  • Self Study

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