Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Computer Networks

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

With placement

Course

Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2020

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Introduction

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.

You will:
  • 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
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
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This is for you if...

1.

You have a strong interest in IT, computer networking and converging technology

2.

You're interested in how things work rather than just wanting to be a user of them.

3.

You like to explore how different elements can be combined to create a whole

Course details

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

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.

Year one

Introduction to Computers and Network Systems

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.

Database Systems

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.

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.

Professional Development and Practices

This module introduces you to the business context and the work of the computing and information systems professional through an understanding of the societal, professional, ethical and legal issues surrounding business practices and the theory and process of project execution to a professional standard.

Year two

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.

Year three

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

This is a semester one module and will provide you with 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.

Business Management

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?

TEACHING

You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:

  • Practical laboratories
  • Case studies
  • Group work
  • Project work

ASSESSMENT

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.

Facilities

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.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

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.

A taste of what you could become

A Network architect

A Security engineer

An IT consultant

An IT officer

A Network analyst

And more...

Career Links

 

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.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

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.

 

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

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

A level

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

Scottish Highers

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

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60%, to include Science, Engineering or Technology

International Baccalaureate

30 points with 14 in Higher Level subjects

Alternative entry requirements

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.

How much?

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.
Additional costs

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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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID G421

Institution S03