GCSE – Lesson 4 – Network topologies

Curriculum KS4 Unit Lesson

This lesson focuses on the four main network topologies: star, bus, mesh, and ring. Learners are introduced to each topology through a series of slides that illustrate how data is transferred between nodes. Learners are then given an activity sheet that lists the advantages and disadvantages of each topology; they use this to decide which network topology should be used for the given scenarios. For each scenario, learners draw the topology and justify their answers. Finally, learners are given a quick quiz to check which topologies they can remember.

Learning objectives

  • Draw and describe a star, bus, mesh, and ring topology
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the star, bus, mesh, and ring topologies
  • Select an appropriate topology for a given scenario

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  • Homework