Building Scalable Digital Networks

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Enhance your digital networking skills

A follow up course to Introduction to Digital Networks, this microcredenital teaches you how to build small home networks to larger-scale networking, select the correct network technology to address performance bottlenecks and how to secure a network using firewalls.  

This course may be stacked into a Master degree. 


Key facts

Course category
Information Technology and Cybersecurity, Master Microcredentials, Networks and Technology

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Introduction to Digital Networks
Digital Credential

Why this course?

This microcredential, advances on the concepts covered in Introduction to Digital Networks, and covers the design of addressing schemes to solve problems across different network sizes,  and the operation and comparison of various network protocols.


Together with its companion course, this microcredential can be stacked into a subject for potential advanced standing in the Master of Cybersecurity.

Course content

 Topics include:

  • Internet protocols and addressing networks - Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and IPv6
  • Network device configuration, using a Cisco IOS router
  • Functions of the data link layer wiht the Media Access Control Method
  • Transport and application layers - how TCP and UDP use port numbers and how end-user applications work in a peer-to-peer network.

On successful completion of this course, you wil be awarded a digital credential and earn 10 credit points that can be accumulated with its partner course, 'Introduction to Digital Networks', to stack into 'Network Engineering Fundamentals (CSE4001)', a subject within the Master of Cybersecurity.  


You’ll learn:

Advancing on concepts covered in Introduction to Digital Networks, this microcredential will equip you with skills in:

  • Designing addressing schemes to solve problems across different network sizes, using different approaches

  • Analysing the operation and performance of various network protocols

  • Debugging and troubleshooting errors in different LAN sizes using different methodologies.

Your study experience

The course is delivered online with live sessions, over a 4 week period, and the total expected time commitment is up to 80 hours.  

The assessment for this course comprises:

  • Practical demonstration (35%)
  • Written assignment (35%)
  • Online examination (30%).  


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