Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time / Placement
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a foundation year) full-time; 4 years placement
UCAS code: G423, G422 (with a placement year), G421 (with a foundation year)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

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

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 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 for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

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.

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 Optional
Introduction to Virtualisation Optional

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Network Security Compulsory
Routing and Switching Compulsory
Mobile Computing and Wireless Compulsory
Professional Skills for Networking Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Network Security Compulsory
Routing and Switching Compulsory
Mobile Computing and Wireless Compulsory
Professional Skills for Networking Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Converged Networks Compulsory
Future Communication Technologies Compulsory
Troubleshooting a Converged IP-based Network Compulsory
Final Year Project Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Converged Networks Compulsory
Future Communication Technologies 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.