Course Brief

This unit introduces students to the enterprise network design principles, design models, scalable networks and their effectiveness in supporting business requirements. After evaluating the features of scalable networks, such as availability, reliability and hierarchy, the students are expected to apply network design principles in the design and implementation of redundant networks to provide Layer 2 and Layer 3 redundant solutions. The students are also expected to evaluate Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies and make choices based on specific enterprise requirements, and to implement a range of WAN connections and protocols such as Point-to-Point, Frame Relay and VPN with IPSec using network simulators or network lab equipment. In addition, they will also solve network-related issues using network monitoring and troubleshooting methods and techniques.

  • This course is offered in 50 contact hours.

Upon successful completion of this unit, learners will be able to:


  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing
    Acquire an honours degree in Computing via the Pearson BTEC HND in Computing route.

    The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing is a wide-ranging computing qualification that equips learners with relevant, foundational knowledge and skills in computing and information systems. It is suited to those desirous of pursuing careers in the IT sector, such as systems analysts, software engineers and developers, information system design and management, and IT maintenance and technical services areas, to name a few.  

    This Level 5 Higher National Diploma qualification is recognised as an accepted route onto the later stages of a number of UK and foreign university qualifications.  

    Successful completion of the HND in Computing allows direct entry into the University of Greenwich BSc. (Hons) in Computing & Information Systems.