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Lesson 7 - The Internet Protocol suite and packet switching

In this lesson, learners will look at packet switching and why it is used as the delivery method for data across the internet and networks. They will also look at the Internet Protocol suite in detail to learn about the different layers of data involved and what data is contained in each layer. Learners...

Lesson 6 - Network protocols

In this lesson, learners will look at how networking protocols are used to ensure that clients can communicate and share information across computer networks. They will then learn about some key networking protocols that are used for much of the communication across the internet. Finally, learners will...

Lesson 5 - Internet and WWW

In this lesson, learners will be introduced to the fundamental difference between the internet and the World Wide Web. They will also learn some of the key points from the history of the development of these two systems. They will then look at the components that make up the internet and the World Wide...

Lesson 4 - Networks and servers

In this lesson, learners will be introduced to the concepts of peer-to-peer and server–client network models. First, they will create a virtual peer-to-peer network, and gain an understanding of how data is shared in such a network and what the pitfalls of this network model are. Then, they will be able...

Lesson 3 - Real-world networks

In this lesson, learners will further develop their understanding of networks. They will look at the three main types of networks, LAN, WAN, and PAN, and at the different topologies that these networks can use in their design. Learners will carry out an activity in which they will plan a business...

Lesson 1 - What are networks?

In this lesson, learners will be introduced to computer networks and learn a little about the history of computer networking. They will learn about the different parts of computer hardware involved in creating computer networks, and then identify some of the advantages and disadvantages of using...

Networks Overview

This resource provides a unit overview for the Years 10 and 11 ‘Networks' unit of work. It gives a clear overview of objectives to be covered within each session and a learning graph to show the range of skills being developed through this computing unit. Also included is a summative assessment, with answers...

Lesson 6 - Assessment

In this lesson learners will complete an assessment which incorporates questions from all lessons and covers many skills covered in the lessons. An example spreadsheet is given, one that has not been used before.

This is the final lesson in a six session teaching unit provided...

Lesson 5 - RSC stock control

This lesson will involve creating a database of RSC merchandise, assigning unique item numbers, and using these to look up values for each item. Discuss the use of barcodes and QR codes (2D codes), and the different kinds of data they can hold. The spreadsheet will be used to track stock and notify...

Lesson 4 - RSC data visualisation

In this lesson learners will use the spreadsheets created in previous lessons to create charts to visualise the data in the spreadsheets. Learners who were absent for previous lessons could be given the completed versions of the spreadsheets from Lessons 1–3. Charts are often used to quickly give...

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