Computer Networks and Security*

BSc (Hons), MSci

Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time / Placement
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a foundation year), 4 years (MSci) full-time; 4 years placement
UCAS code: G426, G425 (with a placement year), G427 (with a foundation year), I121 (MSci)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Computer Networks and Security degree is designed to equip you with excellent technical knowledge and skills in computer networks and communications.

*The BSc (Hons) with a foundation year is subject to validation.

Companies depend on their information networks for mission-critical operations. They want highly trained networking professionals to keep them resilient and operational.

Our Computer Networks and Security degree will equip you with technical knowledge and skills in computer networks and communications. It covers Cisco’s CCNA and CCNP networking industry certifications, and helps you to develop advanced skills in the specific area of network security. Security has become a critical area of concern for modern society as well as for companies. This course prepares you with the skills you’ll need to protect people and organisations from attacks.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security, MSci Computer Networks and Security

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

We’ll encourage you to complete a one year placement as part of this course. Previous students have worked with small enterprises or large companies like Cisco and Thomson Reuters. We also send students on placements to Cisco’s European HQ in Brussels; we are the only UK university that currently does so.

Course content

You’ll gain industry relevant skills, along with opportunities to study for professional certifications from Cisco, the world’s largest networking company. You’ll also participate in the Cisco Networking Academy Programme and prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications.

All of our students are encouraged at the end of the second year to undertake a one year paid placement in a networking company.

In your final year at the university you will be working on a large scale project with the assistance of a supervisor. This allows you to specialise your knowledge in a precise area and further develop your independent learning and critical analysis skills. This work will be presented to your supervision team and also within GradEX to a number of local employers and interested colleagues.

Choosing the MSci integrated Masters degree will give you the opportunity to benefit from an extra year studying advanced specialist modules that will further develop your skills and cover new areas of networking. A group project will allow you to work in a team and help prepare you further for professional work in this area.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Foundation Year

Semester 1
Module title
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills Compulsory
Introduction to Web Technologies and Database Systems Compulsory
Introductory Mathematics Compulsory
Introduction to Software Development and Computer Systems Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills Compulsory
Introduction to Web Technologies and Database Systems Compulsory
Introductory Mathematics Compulsory
Introduction to Software Development and Computer Systems Compulsory

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Fundamentals of Computer Networks Compulsory
Hardware & Computer Systems Compulsory
Data Storage and Software Development Compulsory
Maths for Computing Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Fundamentals of Computer Networks Compulsory
Hardware & Computer Systems Compulsory
Data Storage and Software Development Compulsory
Introduction to Security Technologies Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Network Security Compulsory
Routing and Switching Compulsory
Ethical Hacking Compulsory
Professional Skills for Networking Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Network Security Compulsory
Routing and Switching Compulsory
Ethical Hacking Compulsory
Professional Skills for Networking Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Advanced Network Security Compulsory
Advanced Software Security Compulsory
Troubleshooting a Converged IP-based Network Compulsory
Final Year Project Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Advanced Network Security Compulsory
Advanced Software Security Compulsory
Final Year Project Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.