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Networking Fundamentals

Learning the role of protocols with respect to different layers for efficient and secure communication.

Networking Fundamentals
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study10 hours

Explore the principles of TCP/IP, ISO/OSI and encapsulation

In this course, you will learn to evaluate the role of a security policy for protecting information assets.

You will then demonstrate self-direction in designing security policies to defend those assets within the context of global communication and the web.

What topics will you cover?

  • TCP/IP and OSI layers
  • Concepts
  • Problems and issues
  • Protocols

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the concepts of network devices, functionalities
  • Explain the concepts of the TCP/IP stack and their security issues
  • Explain the working of protocols at different layers
  • Discuss security challenges of different protocols
  • Demonstration of network devices, topology and their communication on packet tracer

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people familiar with basic computing who want to learn about the techniques and technologies of network security.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the “Who will you learn with?” section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

What software or tools do you need?

In order to complete the labs you will need a PC capable of running Virtual Machines (VMs). We recommend at least a dual core CPU and 8GB of memory. You would also need about 100GB of hard disk space to store the VMs.

In order to run the virtual machines you will need to download and install VMware Workstation Player (if you are running on Windows or Linux). It is free for non-commercial/educational use and you can get it from the VMware website. If you are running a Mac you will need VMware Fusion.

You will also use Linux. If you are not already familiar with the Linux environment and its command line, there are plenty of online resources and tutorials to get you started. We would recommend that you look into some of these before starting the modules. You need to be familiar with the core linux commands, input/output redirecting and piping, file manipulation, basic network configuration and user account management.

Who will you learn with?

Dr John Filippas is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Networking at Coventry University. His research interests include Biomedical Computing, Parallel Computing and Computer Games.

Dr. Christo Panchev is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security at Coventry University with more than 20 years experience in industry and higher education, research and teaching in A.I. and Cyber Security.

Associate Lecturer, MSc Cybersecurity Coventry University Online

Deputy Course Director, Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity Coventry University

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry