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Computer Science (Cloud, Networks and Security) *

BSc (Hons)

Recognised qualifications

Gain certifications from Microsoft, CISCO, and Amazon, and a Google approved curriculum

Real-world application

Learn to use industry standard networking equipment using Juniper and CISCO.

Work placement

Undertake a 12-month paid Computer Science related placement.

UCAS code:
I747
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
16 September 2019 - 12 June 2020
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*This course is subject to validation

Become a specialist in cloud, networks and security in our bespoke degree that specialises in the industry-leading networking and security technologies of both CISCO and Amazon.

Take the opportunity to become a specialist in Cloud, Networks and Security with our bespoke BSC (Hons) Computer Science degree designed to make you ultra-employable in a fast-paced and competitive industry. Our course will build on your knowledge within the field of Computer Science, and give you an expert knowledge in specialist areas, including secure networks, and operating system security. You’ll learn about the general area of computing and then enhance this knowledge in terms of communications and forensic security technology. This area of knowledge is always changing and adapting with new communication and security techniques.  The skills learnt on this award are underpinning essential knowledge which is required in the majority of companies and the importance placed upon this is increasing. You will specifically work with the latest technologies from companies such as Amazon AWS and CISCO in order you follow the latest standards.

 

The intention of this award is not only to give you the theoretical knowledge within these fields but also to build the practical skills which are deemed necessary by potential employers upon graduation. In order to aid this we have dedicated physical and virtual labs which are available for your use. Additionally, as a double benefit to you we have adopted the CISCO academy program to ensure that you get both a degree and the current CISCO academy certifications (as well as Amazon AWS certification). Staffordshire University is a CISCO regional academy and our lecturers are certified CISCO instructors.  Although we have embedded the CISCO program within the course the majority of what is taught is based around open standards, hence applicable to all manufacturers equipment. The forensic parts of the course are also heavily weighted practically, allowing you to put learnt skills to the test with current industry grade equipment.

The Department of Computing at Staffordshire University has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and development of computing professionals with long-established relationships with leading companies in the computing industry, and we strive to bring in external speakers and those from industry to provide differing viewpoints of the Computer Science discipline. 

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

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

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

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

Part-time study

Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Part-time study

Part-time study is available, and students mirror the full-time timetable with a reduced number of modules each year, i.e. a maximum of 90 credits per academic year of study.

Work placements

To develop your knowledge and understanding of the computing discipline you’ll have the opportunity to complete an industrial placement between the second and third year of your course. This is also a great opportunity to further develop both your learning and to make valuable contacts for future employment.

Course content

In a typical 3 year, full-time course you’ll typically complete a variety of modules that will give you a broad knowledge of computer science, with specialisms in computer networks.

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and supplication modelling, a foundation of digital technologies, as well as delving into concepts of networking, cyber security and web development.

In the second year you will broaden your foundational knowledge in computer science by studying commercial computing. You’ll also start to delve deeper into your specialism with modules in cyber operations and network security, routed and switched architectures, and enterprise cloud and infrastructure automation.

In your final year, you’ll gain expertise in advanced networks and operations system security, cloud, virtualisation and communications, and troubleshooting and future technologies. More importantly, you’ll produce a final year project, negotiated with your course leader, which will include elements of both computer science and computer networks.

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study emerging technologies, develop skills in fundamentals of computer systems development, and other topics in key areas of Computer Science to prepare you for joining the degree.

In a typical 3 year, full-time course you’ll typically complete a variety of modules that will give you a broad knowledge of computer science, with specialisms in computer networks.

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and supplication modelling, a foundation of digital technologies, as well as delving into concepts of networking, cyber security and web development.

In the second year you will broaden your foundational knowledge in computer science by studying commercial computing. You’ll also start to delve deeper into your specialism with modules in cyber operations and network security, routed and switched architectures, and enterprise cloud and infrastructure automation.

In your final year, you’ll gain expertise in advanced networks and operations system security, cloud, virtualisation and communications, and troubleshooting and future technologies. More importantly, you’ll produce a final year project, negotiated with your course leader, which will include elements of both computer science and computer networks.

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study emerging technologies, develop skills in fundamentals of computer systems development, and other topics in key areas of Computer Science to prepare you for joining the degree.

In a typical 3 year, full-time course you’ll typically complete a variety of modules that will give you a broad knowledge of computer science, with specialisms in computer networks.

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and supplication modelling, a foundation of digital technologies, as well as delving into concepts of networking, cyber security and web development.

In the second year you will broaden your foundational knowledge in computer science by studying commercial computing. You’ll also start to delve deeper into your specialism with modules in cyber operations and network security, routed and switched architectures, and enterprise cloud and infrastructure automation.

In your final year, you’ll gain expertise in advanced networks and operations system security, cloud, virtualisation and communications, and troubleshooting and future technologies. More importantly, you’ll produce a final year project, negotiated with your course leader, which will include elements of both computer science and computer networks.

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study emerging technologies, develop skills in fundamentals of computer systems development, and other topics in key areas of Computer Science to prepare you for joining the degree.

In a typical 3 year, full-time course you’ll typically complete a variety of modules that will give you a broad knowledge of computer science, with specialisms in computer networks.

Our first year will help you get an all-round knowledge in the field, including aspects of software development and supplication modelling, a foundation of digital technologies, as well as delving into concepts of networking, cyber security and web development.

In the second year you will broaden your foundational knowledge in computer science by studying commercial computing. You’ll also start to delve deeper into your specialism with modules in cyber operations and network security, routed and switched architectures, and enterprise cloud and infrastructure automation.

In your final year, you’ll gain expertise in advanced networks and operations system security, cloud, virtualisation and communications, and troubleshooting and future technologies. More importantly, you’ll produce a final year project, negotiated with your course leader, which will include elements of both computer science and computer networks.

If you were to join the course through our Foundation Year you would study emerging technologies, develop skills in fundamentals of computer systems development, and other topics in key areas of Computer Science to prepare you for joining the degree.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). 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 course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). 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 course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). 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 course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis with all of your study modules being worth 30 academic credits (our preferred size in order that you move rapidly from the basics to being an expert at the end of any module you study). 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 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
Software Development and Application Modelling
Web Development and Operating Systems
Digital Technologies
Networking Concepts and Cyber Security
Year 2 compulsory modules
Commercial Computing
Cyber Operations and Network Security
Routed and Switched Architectures
Enterprise Cloud and Infrastructure Automation
Year 3 compulsory modules
Final Year Project
Advanced Networks and Operating System Security
Cloud, Virtualisation and Communications
Troubleshooting and Future Technologies
Foundation year compulsory modules
Study Skills and Professional Development
Web Technology and Programming
Networks, Statistics and Probability
Group Project

Entry requirements

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Foundation Year entry: Typical UCAS offer: 48 points
  • Degree entry: Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

Facilities

Careers

You’ll find graduates from our Computer Science disciplines working in many computing areas – Graduates from our Computer Science degrees have gone on to work in a whole range of related occupations. Previous roles include: network administrator, network systems engineer, network programmer/analyst, network systems manager, network service technician, as well as other careers in computer science

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Teaching approaches can include for example formal lectures, group work, tutorials/practical sessions, seminars, workshops, directed and self-managed study, and research projects. Each of these will be used on your modules so you get the chance to learn as effectively as possible.

Assessment

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

This course is mainly assessed via coursework, but does include a small number of exams. We have carefully designed assessments in order we use the best methods available to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in within the Computer Science discipline. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to that in the workplace, and will require you to work both individually and in teams in generating computing solutions to set problems. To back up your work you will also write reports and deliver presentations.  Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and practical sessions and feedback is usually provided to you orally.

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 (through formative feedback) 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, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. 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. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) 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, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. 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. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) 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, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. 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. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) 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, but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. 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. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Staff

Teaching and supervision on the course is undertaken by experienced academic staff who understand the value of your knowledge development applied to commercial and industrial contexts. You will find all our staff have extensive industrial or research-based backgrounds. Our philosophy is that of applied scholarship – thus, our approach to education is based on research-informed teaching that has direct value to industry and commerce and is of direct value to you as a professional in the IT industry. Furthermore, our staff have established a credible reputation and position as educators and researchers in Computer Science – evidenced by our on-going links with industry, significant commercial and knowledge transfer-based funding, research funding, and our work with regional agencies and business. You can be confident therefore, that you will be part of an academic community that understands the value of research and knowledge creation, the impact of computing education, and the significance of its application to the world we live in.

Justin Champion
Justin ChampionCourse Leader

Justin has worked for the University for a number of years as a Senior Lecturer in Networking.  He is a member of the university's CISCO teaching team and has a wide set of experiences within this field, and has mostly specialised in the area of routing and switching.  He also takes a lead role in teaching the AWS (Amazon Web Services) curriculum. He himself holds an MRes in Distributed Computing, and many CISCO qualifications, as well as a PhD titled ‘The Efficient Storage and Supply of Data within a Cellular Framework for a Variety of Mobility and Usage Patterns’.

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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)
£12,500 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)
£12,500 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 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

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).

Our students

Alex Wright
Alex Wright, Network Systems Integration Test Engineer, Vizolution (previously with Cisco UK)

Studying at Staffordshire University gave me both a theoretical and hands-on approach to computing. This, coupled with a placement year applying what I had learned, put me in good stead after graduation. Employers appreciated that I had a widespread knowledge thanks to my course.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
16 September 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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