Short Title:IT Network Management
Full Title:IT Network Management
Module Code:NETW H2006
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Electricity and energy
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Author:Michael Craig
Module Description:This module aims to equip the student with the skills necessary understand various different network topologies and protocols which are encountered in the industrial environment. The students are also familiarised with hardware elements of a typical network system such as cabling, nodes, sensors, network devices and interfaces.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the construction a basic Local Area Network.
LO2 Define key network configurations.
LO3 Describe the concept of Network Protocols.
LO4 Describe basic network components and their functions and uses in relation to the specific network.
LO5 Demonstrate typical industrial networking protocols
LO6 Describe the key principles of wireless communications
LO7 Assemble the essential elements of a SCADA system
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Introduction to data networks.
Hardware in local networks, design of local networks, LAN topology, OSI model. Communication protocols in local networks, communication with peripheral equipment, modem communication and ISDN. Services in local and remote networks, client-server systems, network monitoring systems, logging on and reporting. Data security Practical assignments in the use, organisation and operation of PC- based local networks. EIA/TIA standards.
LAN cabling, devices and interfaces.
Fibre, RJ45, UTP, Thin/Thick Ethernet, CAT 5. Wiring pinouts. Distance Constraints. Structured cabling, Wiring Practice, RS232, RS449, Distance bandwidth limitations, Bridges and repeaters, and associated rules; LAN switches; PC Card NIC, AUI Interface and pin out. Terminal Emulation Settings, VT series emulation. ASCII.
Industrial Networks.
Fieldbus, Devicebus, Sensorbus, Open Systems Interconnect model, Fieldbus architectures. Data link layer. Protocol solutions commercially available, System Architecture; Industrial network topologies
Intro to Wireless Industrial Communications.
Wireless networks wireless sensor networks, protocols, diversity techniques, error control
Introduction to SCADA.
Introduction the fundamentals of SCADA systems hardware, software and the communications systems that connect the outstations to the SCADA Master Control station. The application of both Local Area and Wide Area networks for SCADA system communications is also addressed. Data logging systems, specification and implementation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Describe cable tracing, cable layout, interfacing devices and standards. 1,3,4,5 7.50 Week 10
Continuous Assessment Describe the constructionof a Local Area Network for an office environment. 2,4,5 7.50 Week 2
Continuous Assessment Termination techniques for the different interfaces 2,4,5 7.50 Week 3
Practical/Skills Evaluation Operating a Wireless sensor Network 2,3,4,5,6,7 7.50 Week 12
Continuous Assessment Simulate a SCADA control and feedback system using software tools. 2,4,5 10.00 Week 7
Continuous Assessment Hardware interface to a PLC module 4,5,7 5.00 Week 8
Continuous Assessment Using the CAN Bus 2,3,4,5 5.00 Week 9
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 2,3,4,5,6,7 50.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class work 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Laboratories Practical Laboratory Work 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time Outside of Class 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture class work 1.50 Every Week 1.50
Laboratories Practical Work 2.00 Every Second Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 2.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.50

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Mark Dye, Rick McDonald, Antoon Rufi,, Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide [ISBN: 978-1-58713-208-7]
  • N.P. Mahalik (Editor) 2003, Fieldbus Technology, 1st Ed., Springer USA [ISBN: 978-3-540-40183-4]
  • edited by Richard Zurawski 2005, The industrial communication technology handbook, 2nd Ed., CRC Press USA [ISBN: 0849330777]
  • Alexander Clemm 2007, Network management fundamentals, 1st Ed., Cisco Press Indianapolis, Ind. [ISBN: 1-58720-137-2]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Buddy Shipley 2004, Installer's guide to local area networks, Thomson Delmar Learning Clifton Park, NY [ISBN: 0766833747]
  • David Bailey, Edwin Wright, Practical SCADA for industry, Elsevier UK [ISBN: 978-0-750-658058]
  • Holger Karl, Andreas Willig 2005, Protocols and architectures for wireless sensor networks, 1st Ed., Wiley Hoboken, NJ [ISBN: 978-0-470-09510-2]
  • C. S. Raghavendra, Krishna M. Sivalingam, Taieb F. Znati, 2004, Wireless Sensor Networks, 1st Ed., Springer [ISBN: 978-1-4020-7883-5]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • 2009The Industrial Ethernet, IEB Media GBr

Module Delivered in

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