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Computer Networking and Infrastructure Security (including foundation year) - BEng (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Computer Networking and Infrastructure Security (including foundation year) BEng (Hons) degree has a built-in foundation year which will expose you to the importance of network security, the range of threats to network infrastructure, how these threats work, what vulnerabilities exist in the protocols, possible threats and mitigations to those attacks. You will learn about the concepts of computer networking infrastructure security, developing your technical expertise and opening up career opportunities for you in the the computer networking and cyber security industry.

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More about this course

In your foundation year you’ll gain skills across a variety of subjects including cyber security, logic and problem solving, communications engineering, programming and mathematics. These key skills will ensure you are fully prepared for the following three years of your course. This course shares a foundation year with a number of other foundation year degrees, so in Year 0 you’ll get to study with other students who are interested in a variety of different specialisms.

You’ll benefit from our impressive computer laboratories. London Met is home to the UK’s first-ever Cisco Networking Academy and this course incorporates the complete set of CCNA modules, meaning that you’ll graduate with additional Cisco certifications that are highly sought-after in the industry.

You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

Following your foundation year, you will study the same course content and get the same choice of modules as those who study our Computer Networking and Infrastructure Security BSc (Hons) degree.

You can get a taste for life at our School of Computing and Digital Media by taking a look at our showcase of recent student work.

Assessment

Throughout the course you will be assessed through case studies, research assignments, laboratory-based exams, case studies and a final engineering project or dissertation.

Fees and key information

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UCAS code H202
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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

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

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent eg Functional Skills at Level 2)

If you meet the UCAS points criteria but obtained a D/3 in English and/or Maths at GCSE, you may be offered a University test in these areas.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a 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.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 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 0 modules include:

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

    On this module students will learn the fundamental knowledge concerning computer security, basic cyber threats and the corresponding detection and defence techniques. Core security concepts, terminology, technologies and professional cyber security skills will be introduced via case studies and laboratory experiments.

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

    This module aims to introduce basic hardware and software elements relevant to robotics and internet of things (IoT) at foundation level (level 3). In particular, the module is designed to provide students with an introductory overview and practical experience in design and development of a simple system involving elements of robotics and IoT.

    The module covers the necessary principles and theory through formal lectures/seminars followed by comprehensive laboratory practice involving workshop-based exercises and a case study.

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

    This module introduces students to a range of mathematical techniques involving algebraic properties and graphs of the algebraic, logarithm, exponential and trigonometric functions. Furthermore the module introduces mathematical techniques of differentiation and integration of simple functions.

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

    The module introduces students to theoretical concepts underpinning computer software design; and to programming using a high-level language concentrating on sequence, selection, iteration (loops) and list processing. It is assessed by three individual online tests (30%, 30%, and 40% weighting).

    It aims to enable the student to use a programming language in a familiar and confident way in a variety of practical situations, and to use an integrated programming development environment competently.
    It also enables the student to design and write simple programs during workshop time, using the programming language constructs described in the syllabus below.

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Year 1 modules include:

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

    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.

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

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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 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

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

    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, VLANs and inter-VLAN routing
    • 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 end-to-end connectivity using routers
    • To gain experience in designing router’s configuration for a given specification
    • To gain understanding of redundancy in a switched network

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Year 2 modules include:

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

    This module develops analytical and practical knowledge and skills for configuring and managing Internetworking devices in small-to-medium as well as large Enterprise Networks. It focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks, including security concepts within Local Area Networks (LANs).
    It also promotes the architectures and considerations related to designing, securing, operating, and troubleshooting enterprise networks. It covers wide area networks (WANs) technologies and quality of service (QoS) mechanisms used for secure remote access along with the introduction of software-defined networking, virtualization, and automation concepts that support the digitalization of networks
    It provides further experience of laboratory team working and individual trouble shooting in LANs vulnerabilities, threats and security, Switch security to mitigate LAN attacks. WLANs, IPv4 and v6, OSPF Operation, NAT, VPNs, Troubleshooting enterprise networks.

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

    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 - Thursday morning

    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

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

    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

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Year 3 modules include:

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

    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)

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

    This module consists of two parts. First part is based on CCNA Cybersecurity Operations (Cyber Ops) curriculum delivered through Cisco Networking Academy at the University. The second part is based on Palo Alto Networks PCCSA Cyber Security curriculum delivered through Palo Alto Networks Cyber Security program.
    This module is 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.

    Through Palo Alto approach to Cyber Security using advanced security hardware, Students 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 5 from CCNA and 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). The CCNA Cyber Ops 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 full Cisco 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 along with basic PC and internet navigation skills.

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

    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.

    Module Aims:
    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;

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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.

    The module aims are to:
    1. Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the various hacking methods used in attacking computer systems and networks.
    2. Enable students to use appropriate tools and techniques to identify, analyse, evaluate and test computer security vulnerabilities prone to hacking attacks, and develop appropriate procedures, solutions and countermeasures to defend and minimise such attacks.
    3. To develop students’ awareness of ethical, professional and legal issues connected with hacking.
    4. Develop students’ knowledge, transferable skills and confidence in the subject leading to further academic and professional progression in this area.

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

    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

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Where this course can take you

Several computing career paths will be available to you upon graduating from this degree. You could find employment in computer programming, computer engineering, administration or systems analysis among many others. 

You could also choose to pursue postgraduate study to raise your earning potential and expand your career options.

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you can't meet the necessary entry requirements or don't have the traditional qualifications required to start a standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

Additional costs

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

September 2021: If you’re a UK student or an EU student with settled/pre-settled status and want to study full-time from September, you can apply through Clearing – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online. If you're an international applicant or want to study part-time, select the relevant entry point and click the "Apply direct" button.

Applying for 2021

If you're from the UK, or you're from the EU and have settled or pre-settled status, apply through Clearing for courses starting in September 2021 – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online.

Applying for 2022

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you're applying for a degree starting in January/February, you can apply directly to the University.



When to apply

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

Our UCAS institution code is L68.

Visit UCAS for more details.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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