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Computer Networks

BSc (Hons)

Excellent facilities

including networking labs with Cisco, Juniper and Meraki hardware

Expert teaching team

The team’s expertise is closely matched to the modules on the course

Build on your qualifications

Top up your existing qualifications to a BSc (Hons) degree

UCAS code:
I120
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time, top-up
Duration:
1 year
Academic year:
27 August 2018 - 20 June 2019
26 August 2019 - 18 June 2020
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This top-up degree allows you to build on your previous studies in the area of computer networking to gain a BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks.

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 top-up degree, allows you to build on the knowledge and understanding you have achieved in a Higher National Diploma (HND), Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) or Foundation degree (FdSc). If you have successfully completed a Computer Networks degree at Levels 4 and 5, you will also be able to develop your knowledge further with our top-up degree.

We regularly host talks and demonstrations given by our former students, who have gone on to secure roles in the industry. This will provide you with a real understanding and insight into what can be achieved once you have completed the course. You'll also have access to well-equipped teaching networking labs featuring Cisco, Juniper and Meraki hardware.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Computer Networks

Course content

Skills in the area of networking are in short supply. We equip you with industry relevant skills and maximise your employability by covering in demand, industry standard, certified course content from Cisco, the world’s leading networking company. In particular, we cover increasing the value of a network, routing and switching, CCNA Security and wireless.

You'll analyse network communications from an academic understanding, and also learn the practical aspects such as generating the data, configuring commercial grade equipment, and managing the information efficiently. This knowledge will prepare you to support and manage information networks in any organisation.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Routing and Switching
Network Security
Wireless Networking
Final Year Project
Troubleshooting a Converged IP-based Network

Entry requirements

  • HND
  • FdSc
  • DipHE
  • Level 5 of a BSc in the area of computer networks or communications

Other equivalent qualifications and/or experience may be considered on an individual basis.

Facilities

Careers

Graduates from our Computer Networking awards join large and small organisations through graduate programmes and direct employment. Our graduates are in high demand by the networking industry. Leading companies and organisations that recruit our graduates include Cisco, Meraki, GCHQ, BT, Amazon and Layer3.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

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.

Justin Champion
Justin ChampionCourse Leader

A member of the University's Cisco teaching team, Justin specialises in routing and switching. He’s also involved with interesting research on aspects of wireless communications.

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time, top-up
27 August 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time, top-up
26 August 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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