Introduction to Computers and Network Systems
In a nutshell
Computer networks have transformed society, playing a leading role in both our daily lives and the revolution of business operations. With so many industries dependent on network performance, and the rapid arrival of converging technology, there is a huge global demand for professionals with advanced computer networking skills.
With our professionally-accredited computer networks degree, you'll gain the skills, knowledge and confidence, ready to launch a successful career shape the systems society will use, both today and tomorrow.
As a Network Academy Centre, we deliver Cisco professional Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) course materials alongside and within our Computer Networks programme. This provides you with the opportunity to become CCNA certified.
- Gain a broad understanding of the field of computing with a core specialism in networks
- Acquire a range of programming skills and a critical awareness of selecting appropriate software
- Gain a systematic understanding of computer networks, including how they function and perform
This is for you if...
You have a strong interest in IT, computer networking and converging technology
You're interested in how things work rather than just wanting to be a user of them.
You like to explore how different elements can be combined to create a whole
All about the course
Based at our exciting MediaCityUK campus, Computer Networks provides you with a systematic understanding of networks, including the study of the underlying principles of how they work, and how these principles are applied in industry.
In year one, you'll study a range of topics in six modules covering theory and practice. Modules include an introduction to computers and network systems, Python and Linux and Database Systems.
Year two offers specialist modules, which may include Network Penetration Testing, Advanced Routing and Switching and Mobile Networking and Network Simulation. You'll also experience a group design project.
In your final year, you'll complete an individual project and study specialised core modules, such as Internet of Things (IoT), the WAN and Global Networks, and information security.
Industry placements are a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience and make those early career connections. On this course, you'll have the option to take an industry placement between years two and three. Although you’ll be responsible for securing your placement, our tutors will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report.
By successfully completing a placement year, you can add 'with professional experience' to your final degree award. Recent students have experienced placements with General Electric, Fujitsu, Cadburys and Bosch.
Core to many electronics systems lies a central processor, managing and manipulating data, sometimes from remote locations. To fully understand this concept and the processes involved, this module introduces the fundamentals of computer hardware, software and networking technology including some more advanced concepts such as security.
Python and Linux
Following two parallel streams, this module will include computer-based workshops to cover practical Linux, leading towards assessment of a student's practical ability. You will gain the confidence to replicate the working environment on your own computer, and be able to access the university system using network remote access.
Technologies in Context
This first year module places electronics and electronic engineering in a global context. You’ll study why electronics is important, how it affects our daily lives, what drives innovation, and the evolution of electronics technology and future trends.
This module will share fundamental knowledge of database management systems, their design, implementation and applications. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of relational database management system, and how to implement and maintain an efficient database system.
Principles and Concepts of Network Technologies
This module will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of operation of modern communication networks, with associated practical skills development required to design, build and test such a network.
Professional Development and Practices
You will be introduced to the business context and application of computing and information systems. You will explore this through societal, professional, ethical and legal issues surrounding business practices and the theory and process of project delivery to a professional standard.
Networking and Security
You will learn in detail how the Internet works, from local area networks to global networks. This will include designing and troubleshooting networks, and configuring and testing network applications. You will also look at security vulnerabilities, cryptographic principles, protocols, C-I-A trade-offs, firewalls and legal implications. You will apply these principles to designing solutions for some realistic case studies.
Group Design Project
You will work together with course mates on a specific real world audio design task and come up with a real practical solution using.
Routing and Switching
This module focuses on aspects specific to local area network infrastructures, leading into the theoretical and practical aspects of LAN design and integration. You will then learn how LAN communications can be improved, and the recent advances in network technologies in the wireless and wired arenas.
Network Penetration Testing
You will develop knowledge and skills in network penetration testing and vulnerability assessment. You will understand when and how to apply knowledge gained in real-life penetration testing and vulnerability detection scenarios.
Mobile Networking and Network Simulation
This module develops a core understanding of wireless networking systems and the associated principles and concepts of enabling technologies. It also focuses on an increasingly important area of simulation, and develops these skills using industry-standard network simulation software.
Advanced Routing and Switching
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the concepts of routing, using a global addressing system to facilitate routing and the function and implementation of the different routing protocols that may be operated across a network.
Internet of Things
You will gain an overview of key concepts and challenges related to digital transformation through an examination of the evolution of the Internet and how the interconnection of people, processes, data, and things is transforming every industry.
The WAN and Global Networks
You will develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of wide area network (WAN) technologies. This includes the services that they offer, the factors that influence their design, and how WAN technologies are used to connect small to medium sized business networks.
You will learn business and enterprise concepts so you can analyse and evaluate business practices, concepts, theories and frameworks and their relationship to the strategic and operational management of an enterprise or a project. This is intended to complement the technical project management content of the course and provide a real-world context linked to current enterprise activities at the university. You will also learn about freelancing.
Information Security Management
This module will prepare you for the creation and implementation of information security policies in organisations, with an emphasis on risk management and business continuity planning, taking account both of the practicalities of implementation in a real-world setting, and the various legal and ethical issues involved. You’ll learn to identify assets, vulnerabilities, threats and controls and to consider issues of security culture.
Project for Computer Networks
You will complete an individual project that will demonstrate your understanding of computer networks. You can select your own area of study, and then will identify and develop a realistic problem and, working independently and in a professional manner, organise, sustain and report on your project in a way which is both detailed and reflective.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:
- Practical laboratories
- Case studies
- Group work
- Project work
You will be assessed through a combination of formats:
- Examinations which will assess your immediate response to a set of unseen problems
- Assignments which will assess your response to a larger problem
- Practical tests which will assess your ability to apply appropriate skills to a problem
- Projects which will assess your ability to create a plan, identify possibilities, make decisions, carry out the plan, and reflect on the choices and outcome
- Software development tasks will which will demonstrate your work
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.
Networking and project laboratories
The School has high-quality facilities for students. In 2012 the Cisco networking laboratory moved to MediaCityUK; all Cisco-related laboratory classes on the programmes are now delivered at MediaCityUK. There are also opportunities for undertaking a CCNA via CPD.
We also have a second networking laboratory on the main campus and a dedicated Final Year Project laboratory, both of which provide a variety of facilities and equipment for students on Computer Science and Computer Networking degrees.
Specialist computer laboratories
Computer suites are equipped with Macs and PCs configured with the specialist software required for modules such as Database Systems, Web Content Creation, Mobile Networking & Network Simulation, and Internet Security and Computer Forensics.
What about after uni?
When you graduate you will have excellent software development skills supported by a large portfolio of practical work which can be used to demonstrate your abilities to prospective employers. While many graduates will work as network developers in a range of companies, others work as IT consultants, system administrators or as network analysts.
Our previous graduates have found employment with national companies such as Sainsbury's, Cisco, Microsoft, SIS, Autotrader, HMRC, Ferranti and Civica, as well as a local enterprises.
Our experienced team maintain strong links with industry and professional bodies, which provides our students with benefits including site visits, guest speakers and placements.
We run an industrial liaison committee to provide us with industry-focused advice and ensure that our modules are relevant. Organisations involved are a mixture of IT-led businesses and those who make advanced of IT networks, including BBC, BT, Openreach, TalkTalk, EyeWimax, Pennine Telecom and Cisco.
As a Network Academy Centre, we deliver Cisco professional Cisco Certified Network Associate course materials alongside and within our Computer Networks course. This provides you with the opportunity to become CCNA certified.
What you need to know
We're looking for applicants with a strong interest in computing and IT. You'll be interested in what makes a network 'tick' and how the different elements can be combined for creative solutions. Having attention to detail and a good work ethic are desirable, particularly if you are interested in the placement year option.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
International applicants must show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.
English Language and Maths at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
104 - 112 points including a numerate subject
104 - 112 points including a numerate subject
BTEC National Diploma
DMM in IT related, Science or Engineering subjects
Access to HE
Pass with 112-120 UCAS Points from a QAA-approved programme
112 UCAS points to include an IT-related, Science or Engineering subject
Irish Leaving Certificate
112 UCAS points to include an IT-related, Science or Engineering subject
Pass in Diploma of at least 60%, to include Science, Engineering or Technology
30 points with 14 in Higher Level subjects
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
To be considered for the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme you must have already achieved or be working towards GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 (or equivalent).
Please note that the GCSE requirements remain in place for candidates going through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme onto this course. Please contact Jos Hirst the Director of Admissions for further information.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2020/21||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2020/21||£15,240per year|
|Part-time||2020/21||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Scholarships for International students 2020/21
To celebrate the University of Salford's expertise and industry links in Computing and Engineering, high achieving international students may be eligible for our Computing, Science and Engineering International Excellence Scholarship of £3,500.
For more information go to International Scholarships.
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Course ID G421