If you want to learn how to secure the computer networking infrastructures from hardware/software vulnerabilities and organised hacking through Cisco and Palo Alto based skills-set then this an unparalleled engineering course. The course is career-focused and vocational elements are integrated within the course content.
You will learn fundamental principles such as Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), routing and switching, before progressing to specialist technologies including firewalls and cyber security.
Addressing the skills-shortage in the area of intelligent hardware/software systems and applied robotics, this course offers better employment prospects through hands-on experience closely linked to industrial practices. You will have a range of stimulating optional modules to choose.
The course combines theory with hands-on practice in our state-of-the-art networking and virtual laboratories. London Met is the proud home of the UK’s first ever Cisco Networking Academy and the first ever Palo Alto Networks regional academy.
The course also incorporates Cisco CCNA, CCNA security, CCNA infrastructure security essentials, CCNA cyber operations and Palo Alto Gateway and infrastructure configuration – this industrial recognition will give you a competitive advantage, graduating with an abundance of sought-after and recognised certifications in addition to your degree.
Throughout the course you will be supported by highly-qualified teaching staff who have strong links with industry.
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.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
Advanced entry applicants or 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 may still be able to gain entry by completing our Computing, Technology and Mathematics Extended Degree, which starts with a foundation year.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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 lab work. The module also considers ethical, social, economic and environmental issues relevant to the communications and telecommunications fields.
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 equipment/simulators.
The aims of the module are as follows:
1. 1. To familiarise students with commonly used electronic components, standard laboratory test and measurement equipment and their usage in designing/analysing, building, and testing simple electronic circuits/systems.
2. 2. To introduce students to circuit simulation software and develop an awareness of its strengths and limitations
3. 3. To introduce students to the basic electronics and measurement techniques through practical approach and provide scope for putting theory into practice and develop investigation/analysis skills that exemplify core electrical and measuring principles relevant to the course.
4. 4. To develop the ability to write a well-structured, concise and thoughtful logbook / report / poster.
5. To develop the ability to work independently as well as in team
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 be able to design and configure small-scaled networks based on typical (customer’s) requirements.
The aims of the modules are as follows:
• To provide a firm understanding of networking terminology, models and mathematics
• To introduce students to copper, optical, and wireless networking
• To introduce the concepts of Ethernet switching
• To enable students to perform subnetting of IP addresses
• To gain an in-depth understanding of static routing protocols and default routing
• To gain an in-depth understanding of dynamic routing protocols
• To gain experience in designing router’s configuration for a given specification
Year 2 modules include:
Students will learn the importance of network security, the range of threats to network infrastructure both from inside and outside, how these threats work, what vulnerabilities exist in the protocols the threats exploit and mitigations to those attacks. The students will learn that the networks and protocols we rely on, have no inherent security built in and that the multilayer multi-protocol nature of computer networking requires a multi technology multilayer security response.
They will learn prevention methods to both known and unknown attacks and the features of next generation firewalls including user identification, data/url filtering and denial of service prevention. The mitigations will be implemented and tested using Palo alto next generation firewalls.
This module leverages the basic network understanding the student has gained at level 4 from CCNA 1 and 2. This module complements but also contrasts CCNA security at level 6 by providing an alternative approach to firewall security compared to CISCO ASAs both in terms of technology, configuration, operation and design philosophy. This module is an essential part of the infrastructure security aspect of the degree and can lead to the professional qualification of Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Associate (PCCSA)
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 helps the students to develop the theoretical and practical knowledge of Network Operating Systems, used by the enterprise today. 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 troubleshoot network operating systems.
The module covers the necessary background through formal lectures/seminars followed by comprehensive hands-on practical workshops.
The aims of this module are:
1. To understand the importance of Network operating systems(NOS)
2. To explain the operation of Network operating systems , and their benefits
3. To describe hardware requirements for the effective operation of NOS
4. To compare some of the most commonly available NOS, and their abilities and limitations
5. To understand the concept of virtualisation and its application in modern server environments
6. To understand server documentation, security and trouble shooting
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).
Assessment: Coursework (60%) + Unseen exam (40%) [Pass on aggregate]
The aims of this module are to:
• Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the regulations governing the digital environment (e.g. Internet) and social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPI) underpinning the IT discipline.
• Prepare students for the world of work and equip them with the knowledge and appreciation of professional bodies, code of conducts and professional certifications.
• Introduce students to academic research and research ethics, and to academic writing.
This module consists of a short work placement (or work-related activity) lasting over one semester. This usually translates into 12 to 15 full working days (or the part time equivalent of this) in the framework of 150 hours (15-credit module) considering some time for reflection, research and documentation. The work placement is facilitated by University’s Careers and Employability Team. The module enables students to undertake an appropriate short period of professional activity, usually 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 student’s part-time job, a volunteering activity, employment activity, an activity within Londonmet, an activity related to client’s brief or business start-up activity.
The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to:
• gain a useful experience of the working environment.
• undertake a real work-related activity/project appropriate at level 5.
• enhance and extend their learning experience by applying and building on their
academic skills and abilities by tackling real life problems in the workplace.
• enhance professional and personal development.
• develop and document employability related skills
This module is based on Cisco Cybersecurity Essentials and CCNA Cybersecurity Operations (Cyber Ops) curriculum delivered through Cisco Networking Academy at the University.
The CCNA Cybersecurity Operations curriculum provides a first step in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to work as a Security Analyst within a Cybersecurity Operation Centre (SOC) and can be a valuable part of beginning a career in the exciting and growing field of cybersecurity operations. It explores the characteristics of and tactics used by cyber criminals and procedures used by cybersecurity professionals to combat cybercrime.
This individual module helps prepare students for entry-level cybersecurity career opportunities and is aligned to the Understanding Cisco Cybersecurity Fundamentals (SECFND) and Implementing Cisco Cybersecurity Operations (SECOPS) industry exams leading to the Cisco full CCNA Cybersecurity Operations certification.
This module is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution offering a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialised Cybersecurity analyst skills, along with critical thinking and complex problem solving skills. To pass this module with good grades, students are expected to have CCNA-level networking concepts knowledge and skills by completing CT4004, along with basic PC and Internet navigation skills
In addition, this module provides practical, relevant and skills aligned closely with the specific tasks expected of SOC professionals through various features including rich multimedia content, including interactive activities, videos, games, and quizzes, addresses a variety of learning styles and help stimulate learning and increase knowledge retention. The virtual environments simulate real-world cybersecurity threat scenarios and create opportunities for ethical hacking, security monitoring, analysis and resolution and hands-on labs help students develop critical thinking and complex problem solving skills. The innovative assessments provide immediate feedback to support the evaluation of knowledge and acquired skills. Technical concepts are explained using language that works well for learners at all levels and embedded interactive activities break up reading of the content and help reinforce understanding. In addition, CyberOps Skills Challenge networked game allows students to use CyberOps skills and knowledge to compete with classmates.
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 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 aims to provide students with the technical background and skills necessary to design and configure and maintain wireless Lans and Wans.
This module focuses on the design of these networks the devices used and their operation, the planning prior to installation and best practices , the implementation of the network design, security provisions and troubleshooting of Wireless LANs.
y issues. The module covers the necessary background through formal lectures/seminars followed by comprehensive hands-on practical workshops.
1. To introduce Wireless LAN set-up & troubleshooting, 802.11 (a, b, and g) technologies, products & solutions.
2. To describe WLAN applications and site surveys;
3. To discuss resilient WLAN products, design, installation, configuration and troubleshooting;
4. To investigate WLAN security issues and emerging wireless technologies;
5. To develop team work and presentation skills in the context of the module curricula;
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.
The module is designed to provide students with technical knowledge and skills on Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Theoretical material delivered in the lectures is supported by practical lab work to ensure students have a sound grasp of the technical content where students are expected to develop IoT systems. A number of devices, platforms and software tools will be introduced during the course from different vendors. The module is assessed through lab reports and final examination
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.
This course will give you the key skills, knowledge and experience needed to succeed in the networking and security industry.
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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