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Networking Fundamentals


Provides fundamentals of networking. Networking and communication skills are vitally important in todays connected world. In this unit you will develop a good understanding of basic theory and also develop a useful practical skills.

Method of Assessment

This Particular unit will prepare one for an assignment which is expected to be submitted towards the end of the module.

Delivery Method

The Qualification is taught face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory session, by NCC qualified tutors.


Upon completion of this module equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits you are also able to complete your diploma in computing MQF Level 4. The whole diploma consists of 8 modules these are:

 Skills for computing, Computer networks, Computer systems, Designing and developing a website, Databases, Designing and developing object-oriented computer programs, software development techniques, Office solutions Development.


NCC Education is regulated by Ofqual(Office of the qualifications and examination regulator) to award the QCF Level 4 Diploma in Computing in England. The official name on the certificate will be MQF level 5 Diploma in Computing.

Learning outcomes

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  • Understand network and communication protocols 
  • Understand the principles of common network topologies and architectures 
  • Understand the application of network topologies and architecture
  • Understand the application of network security measures 
  • Select and configure hardware components 
  • Design and install network and Server operating systems
  • Install and configure internet telephony and communication systems

Syllabus Content

  • Introduction to the Module and Networks
  • Network Protocols and standards
  • Wireless Networking Standards
  • Network Topology and Architecture 
  • Network Media and Connectors
  • Network Hardware
  • Wireless Network Hardware
  • Security Software
  • Firewalls
  • Network and Server Software
  • Voice over IP and Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Private Networks 

Age Group: 16+



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Course Details
Delivery Method:

Lectures, hands on practice & workshops

Mode of Study:

Part Time


3 months

Entry Requirements:

Mature students are accepted on their own merits.


NCC 'Computer Networks' module | 7.5 ECTS Credits

Part Time

Start Date

Tuesday 03rd December 2019


End Date

Thursday 06th February 2020

Tuesday's & Thursday's
6:00pm - 9:00pm

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Degree Pathway

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