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Computer Networking - BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

Taught in our state-of-the-art networking laboratories, this Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) accredited course gives you excellent practical skills. It is supported by our Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum, and includes optional work placements to give your career a head-start. 

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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Computer networking is a rapidly growing sector in the IT industry, and practitioners are constantly learning and adapting to new technologies. On this course you’ll cover wired and wireless data and voice communications, IT security and system management.

You’ll learn about computer hardware and current and future technology development through taught classes and hands-on sessions in our Cisco computer laboratories. Using the latest in modern technology, you’ll have the opportunity to configure and troubleshoot Local and Wide Area Networks, secure them, and improve their performance.

Our teaching staff are Cisco-qualified instructors, who are supported by visiting lecturers who currently work in the industry. You’ll get the opportunity to ask questions, keep your knowledge up to date and network with potential future employers.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take on paid projects for external clients through our World of Work agency. Not only will this allow you to earn while you learn, it’ll also give your CV a boost as you gain real-world experience and develop your skills.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through coursework reports, case studies, individual and group research assignments, written and laboratory-based examinations and a final engineering project or dissertation. You'll receive regular, supportive feedback throughout the course.

If you do not complete the course with the required achievements to qualify for the IET-accredited BEng (Hons) degree, you may be awarded a lesser degree, such as the BSc (Hons) degree. The final award will be determined at the end of the course.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) as fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration.

The course is also accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and you’ll be able to apply for student membership while undertaking your degree. Your fees will be covered by the University, and you’ll have access to resources such as a digital library, jobs boards and networking events.

If you have a full Cisco CCNA certification, you can apply for exemption from relevant CCNA modules.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades CCD in three A levels one of which must be from a relevant subject or minimum grades BC in at least two A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 88 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by applying for the Computer Network Engineering Extended Degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

Specific qualifications that may make you eligible for advanced entry to this course include studies undertaken at an IET-accredited institute.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (January start)

    This module introduces a range of fundamental concepts in both analogue and digital communications, through theory and practical exercises. The module also considers ethical, social, economic and environmental issues relevant to the Communications and Telecommunications fields.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Thursday afternoon

    The module introduces students to the basics of Information Technology; past, current and future trend in computer systems. The detailed design of a small scale Computer Systems is presented where students have the opportunity to build, configure and test a computer system for a given application. Students will identify the basic features of the Windows operating system and its elements.
    Health Safety issues and the safe disposal of equipment is also covered leading to an understanding and appreciation of social, ethical, environmental and economical issues related to computer’s hardware and software element.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    The module is designed to introduce the most common electronics devices and their applications in small-scale systems. The module is divided into two broad sections of analogue and digital electronics. The module is based on formal seminar/lecture sessions followed by comprehensive practicals/tutorials in both areas which provide an opportunity for students to gain experience in using and applying the laboratory’s test and measurement equipments/simulators.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Monday
    • autumn semester - Wednesday

    This module focuses on fundamental network terminology and concepts, e.g. protocols, Open System Interconnection (OSI) and TCP/IP models, Ethernet, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing, routing protocols and network devices, such as routers and switches. The module provides an opportunity for students to understand the interconnections of various networks and to be able to design and configure small-scaled networks given some typical (customers) requirements.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Tuesday
    • spring semester - Thursday

    This module develops analytical and practical knowledge and skills for configuring and managing Internetworking devices in local and Wide Area Networks. This module uses special devices to emulate a variety of Wide Area technologies. It provides further experience of laboratory team working and individual trouble shooting in EIGRP Configuration, Switch Configuration, Spanning-Tree Protocol, Virtual LANs, Frame relay and WAN design.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module introduces students to the basic concepts of microprocessors and the role that hardware and software play in the functional behaviour of microprocessor systems. Students are then introduced to some of the more common microcontrollers. Interfacing external memories as well as various input/output devices and sensors are also covered. The module enables students to analyse the requirements of a given task, make decisions in selecting an appropriate controller, design and implement prototype hardware/software for a typical embedded systems product. Practical workshops are designed to introduce microprocessor software development, testing and debugging. Workshops provide students with an opportunity to use both ‘C’ and assembly language.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module examines the technology underlying current and future mobile wireless systems. It provides the essential theoretical principles and concepts encountered in the design of typical modern communications systems. Various analogue and digital modulation schemes essential for information transmission are examined, including the detrimental effect of noise in limiting system performance.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    This module helps the student to develop theoretical and practical knowledge of network operating systems, This is achieved by exposing the student to some of the most commonly used network operating systems. The student will reinforce their theoretical knowledge in practical sessions where they will install configure , manage and trouble-shoot network operating systems.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module consists of a short work placement of 25 full working days (or the part time equivalent of this).

    The module enables students to undertake an appropriate short period of professional activity, related to their course at level 5 (Intermediate level), with a business or community organisation and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity can be a volunteering activity, employmentactivity,an activity within the Faculty of Computing Virtual Business Environment (VBE), placement orbusiness start-up activity.
    For the purpose of this module – the FOC VBE will be also be recognised as ‘the employer’.

    It is expected that the student should work for 150 hours which should be recorded clearly in the learning log. The 150 hours can be completed in 25 working days in a FT mode, or spread over a semester in a PT mode.

    Students should register with the module leader to be briefed on the module, undergo induction and planning and to have the learning outcomes approved, before they start thelearning activity. It is essential that students are made aware that both the “learning agreement” and “health and safety checklist” where is applicable need to be approved before starting the placement.

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  • This module aims to introduce students to the range of equipment available in a modern recording studio, and develop both an operational and technological understanding.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Are some business ideas fundamentally better than others? How can you tell which ideas are worth investing time and money in and which are not? How can you find an idea to pursue that matches your skills, network and passion?

    This module is a key introduction to identifying, critically assessing and developing new business opportunities. The approaches and processes covered can be applied equally to new commercial ideas, social enterprises or new ventures within an existing business.

    The foundation of the module is a live project where you will develop your own startup idea leading to a live pitch and designing a business model. At each stage you will learn the concepts covered in the module by applying them to your own idea. You will have the opportunity to come up with new ideas on the module and do not need to have a business idea before you begin.

    The module is relevant for anyone considering starting their own business, working for a SME or taking on an entrepreneurial role within a large organisation.

    Students opting for this modules, will NOT be able to take “Create a Winning Business 2”

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law, 15 weeks: This module focuses on computer laws, social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPI) underpinning the IT discipline. It also covers techniques for the world of work such as job search, CV and interviews as well as professional ethics and responsibilities. Topics on academic research and academic writing are also presented. (Exam and course work).

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module is based on the CCNA Security, one of the Cisco Networking Academy Programme courses.
    The Cisco CCNA Security curriculum provides a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA-level skill set and help meet the growing demand for network security professionals. The curriculum provides an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. CCNA Security helps prepare students for entry-level security career opportunities and the globally recognized Cisco CCNA Security certification.
    This course is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialized security skills, along with critical thinking and complex problem solving skills. CCNA Security is a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning. Students who enroll in CCNA Security are expected to have CCNA-level networking concepts knowledge and skills, along with basic PC and Internet navigation skills.

    Assessment: Practical exam - PRA (50%) + Unseen exam - EXU(40%) + Open book exam (10%) [Pass both PRA and EXU]

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical understanding of security threats against network and cloud computing systems and the security measures designed to protect such systems. The module will explicitly develop students’ knowledge and experience in the design and application of network and cloud security solutions. The module will also equips students for further academic study and future employability in the area of computer security.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module enables students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills through a systematic and creative investigation of a project work, either individually or as part of a group, in accordance with their course requirements. The topic of investigation will cover a broad spectrum of various analysis and techniques and will lead to a comprehensive and concise academic/industry-related report. Students will be assisted in exploring areas that may be unfamiliar to them and encouraged to develop innovative ideas and techniques. Students will be able to choose a project that may require the solution to a specific problem, creation of an artefact in a real-world environment or an investigation of innovative ideas and techniques related to an area within their field of study. Collaboration with outside agencies and projects with industrial, business or research partners/ sponsors will be encouraged.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    This module focuses on the design, planning, implementation, operation and troubleshooting of Wireless LANs. It covers fundamentals of WLAN technologies, security, and best practices

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module reviews a selection of sensors and transducers and the signal conditioning necessary for including these in a data acquisition system. It provides a good grounding on analogue to digital and digital to analogue conversion principles and their practical applications.

    Examples of a selection of output drivers and devices are also provided.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module is designed to develop understanding, knowledge and skills associated with the various malicious hacking attacks targeting computer systems and the appropriate safeguards needed to minimise such attacks.

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  • The module provides an introduction to computer and telecommunications network planning, design and simulation. Aspects of network management, monitoring as well as security embedded to the design are considered as well. The theoretical work is focusing on two main aspects: (a) WAN design principles and relevant algorithms based on Graph Theory, and (b) systems approach to network design. The practical work involves development and manipulation of network models with the help of tools such WAN design tool and network simulator as well as analysis of the obtained designs and results of simulations.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Communications Engineering
  • Computer Hardware and Software Architecture
  • Electronic Systems
  • Networking Concepts (CCNA 1 and 2)

Year 2 modules include:

  • LAN and WAN (CCNA 3 and 4)
  • Mobile Communications Systems
  • Microprocessors and Embedded Systems
  • Network Operating Systems
  • Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law 

Year 3 modules include:

  • Network and Cloud Security
  • Network Security (Cisco)
  • Wireless Networks (Cisco)
  • Project
  • Work-Related Learning

"I work part-time as an ICT technician and I am learning real practical stuff from CISCO qualified lecturers. I'm learning to use new technologies like Network Security, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, Wireless Systems and so on."

Advances in computing mean networking engineers are in high demand. You’ll graduate with the skills required to design, install and maintain computer networks as part of a local, national or international company.

Potential roles include network administrator, network and security engineer or designer, planning analyst or consultant. Our previous graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Cisco Systems and CACI.

The programme is also excellent preparation for further study or research.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Applying for September 2017

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2017 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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