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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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 2018/19 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 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. The module aims:
1. To introduce students to fundamental concepts of modern Communication Systems;
2. To differentiate between analogue and digital communications and their typical uses;
3. To provide a working technical vocabulary for describing commonly used telecommunication systems;
4. To provide an understanding of telecommunications systems concepts such as bandwidth, the decibel, sampling, coding, multiplexing, modulation, etc;
5. To provide an opportunity for students to consider the various ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of modern telecommunications.
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 economic issues related to computer’s hardware and software element. The module aims to
1. To introduce students to the fundamental concepts of Information Technology and basic networking,
2. To provide a working technical knowledge of modern computer systems and their respective components,
3. To introduce Operating systems by focusing on Windows products, identifying similarities and differences,
4. Identify the correct approach to preventive maintenance and upgrading, and troubleshooting
5. Introducing students to Assembly language and how it interacts with hardware
6. Awareness of social, environmental, commercial and economic aspects of PC technology
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.
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.
The module aims to:
• Provide a firm understanding of networking terminology, models and mathematics
• Discover the types of media used to carry data across the network
• Introduce the concepts of Ethernet switching
• Enable students to perform subnetting of IP addresses
• Configure and verify static and dynamic routing protocols
• Gain experience in building a network and configuring devices for a given specification
• Describe and configure enhanced switching technologies such as VLANs, VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP),Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol (PVSTP), and 802.1q
• Configure and troubleshoot basic operations of routers in a small routed network
• Configure and troubleshoot VLANs and inter-VLAN routing
• Configure, monitor, and troubleshoot ACLs for IPv4 and IPv6
Year 2 modules include:
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. After completing this module, student should be able:
• To explain the operation of Local Area Network (LAN) protocols and their benefits
• To describe the types of LAN switching and protocols
• To understand basic concept and configuration of Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs)
• To understand the concept of virtual LANs and its benefit
• To understand the benefit of scaling IP addresses
• To differentiate between different WAN services (LAPB, Frame Relay, etc)
• To identify PPP operations to encapsulate WAN data on Cisco routers
• To understand Network documentation, security and trouble shooting
• To understand common WAN implementation issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Year 3 modules include:
This module is based on Cisco CCNA Security curriculum delivered through Cisco Networking Academy at the University.
This module provides a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA-level skillset 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. This module helps prepare students for entry-level security career opportunities and the globally recognized Cisco CCNA Security certification.
This module 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. It offers a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning. To pass this module with good grades, students are expected to have CCNA-level networking concepts knowledge and skills, along with basic PC and Internet navigation skills. The module aims:
1. To provide a firm understanding of Security Policy design and management.
2. To introduce students to security technologies, products and solutions.
3. To provide students with practical experience of configuring firewalls and router security
4. To discuss VPN implementation using routers and firewalls
5. To introduce concepts of Intrusion Detection
6. To explain the implementation of AAA (Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting)
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.
Assessment: Coursework (60%) and Examination (40%) - Pass on aggregate
The key skills and knoweldge to be gained are:
Students to develop a critical understanding of the principles and technologies employed in the protection of computers and their networked communications systems from security threats.
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.
This module focuses on the design, planning, implementation, operation and troubleshooting of Wireless LANs. It covers fundamentals of WLAN technologies, security, and best practices
The University has a policy that all undergraduates must, at either Level 5 or 6, take a Work Related Learning (WRL) module i.e. a module which requires them to directly experience and operate in the real world of work and to reflect on that episode in order to identify skill and knowledge areas that they need to develop for their career. This module (and “partner” modules, namely, Creating a Winning Business 1 (Level 5) and Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1 and 2), are module options available to ALL University students to fulfil the University’s WRL requirement.
This module challenges students to be creative in identifying a new business opportunity and in examining the viability of all aspects of the idea in the real world context e.g. testing potential customers’ views. As a result of the feedback received and enquiries carried out, the idea will change and develop over the duration of the module. Throughout the module, students are required to not only apply the business development theory taught but also to continuously reflect on how they have applied the theory and the skills and knowledge gained from their work. This reflective dimension promotes the development of practical attributes for employment and career progression.
The QAA Benchmark on Business and Management (2015) emphasises the attribute of “entrepreneurship” and of “the value of real world learning”. In terms of promoting work related skills, the module specifically focuses on practical techniques for generating and developing new business ideas and so develops creative thinking. In addition, it requires students to examine market potential and prepare a “pitch” as if seeking investment. The module requires a high level of self-reliance to pursue their business idea. Students develop an understanding of the role of new ideas in business start-ups, business growth and development.
These skills and techniques are of practical relevance to anyone considering starting a new business, working for a Small or Medium sized Enterprise (SME) or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a larger organisation where the business environment is constantly evolving and producing new challenges and opportunities.
For those students keen to go beyond this module and start their own business, they can apply to the Accelerator for access to “seed” money and advice and support.
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.
If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.
Year 1 modules include:
Year 2 modules include:
Year 3 modules include:
"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.
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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