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Network Computing

BSc (Hons)

97% go on to work/study

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017

Industry recognised

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Insitute for IT

CISCO networking certifications

CCNA and the advanced CCNP

UCAS code:
G423
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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Our Network Computing degree will give you the practical skills and academic knowledge to become a qualified networking expert and excel in the industry.

Our Network Computing degree equips you with technical knowledge and skills in computer networks and communications. It covers Cisco’s networking industry certifications – CCNA and the advanced CCNP. You’ll also develop skills in areas such as mobile and wireless technologies, IP telephony and network security.

The networking knowledge and skills you will gain during your studies on this course can be used to support and manage information networks in organisations. You will be looking at network communications from the deep academic understanding, through to the practical aspects of generating the data and configuring commercial grade equipment to best manage the information efficiently.

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

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

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

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.

Course content

Computer networking is an expanding sector, so your employment prospects should be good upon graduation. We ensure you are industry ready and, as part of that preparation for readiness, you'll cover industry certified course content, defined by Cisco.

You’ll participate in the Cisco Networking Academy Programme and you’ll prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching, CCNA Security and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications. Some of the topics we look at include MPLS, Multicast, IP Telephony and Quality of Service communications.

There is the option to seek out a one-year placement as part of this course. You could work with a small enterprise or a large company, like Cisco or Thomson Reuters. We even send our students on placements to Cisco’s European HQ in Brussels; we’re the only UK university that currently does so.

Computer networking is an expanding sector, so your employment prospects should be good upon graduation. We ensure you are industry ready and, as part of that preparation for readiness, you'll cover industry certified course content, defined by Cisco.

You’ll participate in the Cisco Networking Academy Programme and you’ll prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching, CCNA Security and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications. Some of the topics we look at include MPLS, Multicast, IP Telephony and Quality of Service communications.

There is the option to seek out a one-year placement as part of this course. You could work with a small enterprise or a large company, like Cisco or Thomson Reuters. We even send our students on placements to Cisco’s European HQ in Brussels; we’re the only UK university that currently does so.

Computer networking is an expanding sector, so your employment prospects should be good upon graduation. We ensure you are industry ready and, as part of that preparation for readiness, you'll cover industry certified course content, defined by Cisco.

You’ll participate in the Cisco Networking Academy Programme and you’ll prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching, CCNA Security and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications. Some of the topics we look at include MPLS, Multicast, IP Telephony and Quality of Service communications.

There is the option to seek out a one-year placement as part of this course. You could work with a small enterprise or a large company, like Cisco or Thomson Reuters. We even send our students on placements to Cisco’s European HQ in Brussels; we’re the only UK university that currently does so.

Professional body accreditation

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.

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

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Professional body accreditation

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.

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

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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.

Foundation year compulsory modules
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills
Introduction to Web Technologies and Database Systems
Introductory Mathematics
Introduction to Software Development and Computer Systems
Year 1 compulsory modules
Fundamentals of Computer Networks
Hardware & Computer Systems
Data Storage and Software Development
Maths for Computing
Year 2 compulsory modules
Network Security
Routing and Switching
Mobile Computing and Wireless
Professional Skills for Networking
Year 3 compulsory modules
Converged Networks
Future Communication Technologies
Troubleshooting a Converged IP-based Network
Final Year Project

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or recognised equivalent.

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications eg B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or recognised equivalent.

If you don’t have 112 points you can join this award with 48 points and study four foundation modules for a year before moving on to this degree title.

Facilities

Careers

Upon graduation, you will be qualified to support a range of computer networks. Graduates from our Network Computing degree join large and small organisations within graduate programmes or as direct employees. Our graduates have secured employment at companies such as Cisco, Meraki, BT, Amazon and Layer3.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

For the academic year 2018/19 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)
£11,100 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

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)
£11,320 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).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
17 September 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
Full-time
09 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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