KF6004 - Wireless Networks and Security

What will I learn on this module?

You will study the following areas:

Enterprise wireless deployment elements and methodologies.
Basic RF charactersiticscharacteristics for wireless mobile systems
802.11 protocol operation and technologies
Wwireless security issues and attack vulnerabilities.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered using lectures, laboratories and a supported research assignment. It will be assessed via an examination and a research paper. The examination will focus on material from the lecture series and the research paper will be used to assess the research assignment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Staff will deliver both lectures and laboratory sessions and support you during your extended assignment in the lab sessions. The module is supported by discussion forums that can be used to explore issues outside of classroom time.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Be able to describe, explain critically and analyse wireless data communication technology along with associated security issues.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Analyse enterprise requirements for wireless systems
3. Analyse 802.11 protocol information
4. Make decisions about designing secure wireless networks

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Understand the global nature of WLAN standards and design.

How will I be assessed?

It will be assessed via coursework.
The coursework is a research-based assignment. It will assess materials delivered in both lectures and lab workshops, covering all LO’s 1-5. Formative feedback will be provided throughout the module. Summative feedback will be provided after submission.





Module abstract

This module is designed to be suitable for a variety of networking professional roles including those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of 802.11 protocols, security and enterprise deployment. Additionally, it is suitable for wireless network administrators and support or design staff requiring a greater understanding of the new technologies and applications of modern converged networks and delegates seeking Certified Wireless Network Associate (or similar) certification.

Course info

UCAS Code G4W3

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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