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Academic Handbook BSc (Hons) Applied Digital and Technology Solutions (online)

Networks and Platform Technologies Course Descriptor

Course Title Networks and Platform Technologies Faculty EDGE Innovation Unit London
Course code NCHNAL588 Teaching Period This course will typically be delivered over a 2 week period
Credit points 15 Date approved March 2021
FHEQ level 5
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None

Course Summary

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of computer networks. The course content includes network architectures, network topologies, network protocols, layering concepts (for example, ISO/OSI, TCP/IP reference models), communication paradigms (point-to-point vs. multicast/broadcast, connectionless vs. connection oriented), and networking APIs (sockets). It also covers the construction of distributed programs, with an emphasis on high-level protocols and distributed state sharing. Topics include design patterns, transactions, performance trade-offs, security implications, and reliability. It uses examples from real networks (TCP/IP, Ethernet, 802.11) and distributed systems (Web, BitTorrent, DNS) to reinforce concepts and provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of networks and platform technologies using industry-standard cloud-based technology e.g. using ServiceNow training. 

Course Aims

  • Train students with the fundamentals of computer networks and platform technologies.
  • Train students with the design principles behind distributed systems that leverage the network.
  • Train students on the architecture, algorithms, and protocols of the Internet.
  • Allow students to engage in hands-on projects to learn how to build and understand Internet applications.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

K1b Understand the underlying principles and concepts behind networking protocols, including protocol layering.
K2b Have critical understanding of network routing, addressing, congestion control.
K3c Have critical understanding of platform technologies and their applications.

Subject Specific Skills

S1b Critically evaluate the benefits and limitations of the current Internet and its service model.
S2b Comprehensively understand the cause of network congestion, and the methods for alleviating congestion.
S3b Evaluate the effective use of platform technologies in modern-day organisations.

Transferable and Professional Skills

T1bi Evaluate computer systems in terms of organisational drivers: cost, function, performance and implementation.
T1bii Demonstrate a sound technical proficiency in written English and skill in selecting vocabulary so as to communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
T2b Identify organisational needs and suggest an IT solution.
T3b Communicate detailed IT requirements and specifications to a specialist and non-specialist audience.

Teaching and Learning

This is an e-learning course taught throughout the year.

This course can be offered as a standalone short course.

Teaching and learning strategies for this course will include: 

  • Online lectures
  • Online discussion 
  • Online assessment

Course information and supplementary materials will be available on the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Students are required to attend and participate in all the formal and timetabled sessions for this course. Students are also expected to manage their self-directed learning and independent study in support of the course.

The course learning and teaching hours will be structured as follows:

● Learning and teaching (5 days x 8 hours) = 40 hours 

● Independent study = 110 hours 

Indicative total learning hours for this course: 150 hours

Assignments (see below) will be completed as part of private study.



Students will be formatively assessed during the course by means of set assignments. These will not count towards the final degree but will provide students with developmental feedback. 


AE   Assessment Type Weighting Online submission Duration Length
1 Written assignment 70% Yes 2,500 words +/- 10%,  excluding data tables
2 Online Presentation 30% Yes 30 mins

All summative assessments will be assessed in accordance with the assessment aims set out in the Programme Specification.


Students will receive formal feedback in a variety of ways: written (via email or VLE correspondence) and indirectly through online discussion groups. Students will also attend a formal meeting with their Mentor. These reviews will monitor and evaluate the student’s progress.

Indicative Reading

Note: Comprehensive and current reading lists for courses are produced annually in the Course Syllabus or other documentation provided to students; the indicative reading list provided below is used as part of the approval/modification process only.


Peterson, L. and Davue, B., (2012), Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, Amsterdam; London: Morgan Kaufmann

Kurose. J. and Ross, K., (2005), Computer Networking: a top-down approach featuring the Internet, Addison-Wesley

Tanenbaum, A. S., (2002), Computer Networks, Prentice Hall


Students are encouraged to consult relevant journals on computer networks and platform technologies. 

Electronic Resources

Students are encouraged to consult relevant electronic resources on computer networks and platform technologies. 

Indicative Topics

  • Networks
  • Distributed Systems
  • Platform Technologies
Title: NCHNAL588 Networks and Platform Technologies

Approved by: Academic Board

Location: Academic Handbook/Programme specifications and Handbooks/ Undergraduate Online Programmes/Applied BSc (Hons) Digital & Technology Solutions/Course Descriptors

Version number Date approved Date published  Owner Proposed next review date Modification (As per AQF4) & category number
3.0 December 2022 December 2022 Dr Yu-Chun Pan June 2026 Category 3: Change to Teaching and Learning Strategy; Change to English Proficiency Learning Outcome

Category 1: Corrections/clarifications to documents which do not change approved content or learning outcomes

2.1 August 2022 August 2022 Scott Wildman June 2026 Category 1: Corrections/clarifications to documents which do not change approved content or learning outcomes
2.0 January 2022 April 2022 Scott Wildman June 2026 Category 3: Changes to Learning Outcomes
1.0 March 2021 Scott Wildman March 2026
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