GCSE – Lesson 9 – Protocols

Curriculum KS4 Unit Lesson

Learners begin by thinking about the types of rules there are for communication in the world that we live in. The term ‘protocol’ is then formally defined. They should already be familiar with this term as it has been used throughout the unit. Some of the most common networking protocols are then defined before learners complete a matching exercise. Finally, learners work in groups to create their own protocol and attempt to send a message. This is used to gently introduce them to the TCP/IP model that will be covered in Lesson 10.

Learning objectives

  • Determine the need for standards in network communications
  • Define the term network protocol
  • Define the purpose and common use of the network protocols: Ethernet, WiFi, HTTP, HTTPS. FTP, POP, SMTP, and IMAP

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