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Computer Network Engineering

UCAS Code: G420

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

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Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Computer networks

Developed in partnership with Cisco Systems, Palo Alto Networks and CompTIA you will build relevant skills and knowledge that employers need in a range of professional IT careers related to networking, Cybersecurity and coding with this Foundation Degree, this would lay the groundwork for further professional and academic education and a successful future career in the industry.

Enhance your aptitude and ability if you are already working in networking, cybersecurity or coding or start developing your expertise for a career in this field, and gain vendor certifications in industry standard products like Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), (CCSA) Cisco Certified Security Associate. Additionally, you can complete the Linux+ (LPI) and Administration qualifications that are often requested by the IT industry.
Advance your vocational skills (practical) in networking with Cisco Systems and Security, increase or learn new skills in cybersecurity using Palo Alto Firewall Equipment and coding of language such as Python and gain more skills within the infrastructure, implementation of active directory and troubleshooting. Develop the use of the latest versions of Windows and Windows Server operating system and Linux Client/Server Distros.

On completion of this course you will receive a Foundation degree in Computer Network Engineering. You will then be able to complete a top-up year to study towards a BSc in Computer Network Engineering.

Modules

Professional & Academic Development (30 Credits)
The module will focus on developing and re-enforcing critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills and preparing the students vocationally by enhancing their knowledge and skills to inform existing or potential professional careers.

Networking with Routing & Switching (30 Credits)
The module is to introduce the student to the fundamental networking concepts and technologies. The unit materials will assist the student in developing the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications, using routers and switching technology.

Linux Fundamentals with Administration (30 Credits)
This unit involves three streams; the first introduces the ethos and concept behind open source. The second stream involves the theory required to maximise the usefulness of Linux. The third stream is a practical implementation of a Linux based virtual network, which will be designed, implemented and managed.

Network Security and Software Management (30 Credits)
Students will consider the important factors when designing a secure network, by identifying potential threats and risks both internally and externally. Students will then design, implement and manage a solution, while trying to attack the network.

Practice-based Research Project (30 Credits)
The module discipline is specific to research methods knowledge and skills gained within the Level 4 Professional and Academic Development by enabling students to engage in a small scale research project.

Scaling & Connecting Networks in a WAN (30 Credits)
This module discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The unit enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements.

Advanced Network Design with Security and Environmental Factors (30 Credits)
The module builds upon previous learning and introduces more factors, which affect the design of a network. Legal, ethical and social implications, along with providing an efficient service, all contribute to the design of a network that ultimately requires confidentiality, integrity and availability.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (30 Credits)
This module offers a comprehensive, theoretical and practical approach to providing learners with an understanding of the principles of virtualised desktops, via the deployment of virtual server and desktop environments.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used and could be in the form of the following:

• Reports
• Oral presentations
• Group work
• Practical assignments
• Time constrained tests
• Peer assessment
• Live industry briefs.

The Uni


Course location:

Openshaw Campus

Department:

CIT (BCCI)

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