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University of Portsmouth

Computer Networks

UCAS Code: I122

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


88-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

90-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 38-48.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H4,H4,H4,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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88-112 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

88-112

88-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Computer networks

**Overview**

From the Internet to cloud computing, social networking, and multimedia streaming, computer networks play a vital role in all aspects of business, government and public services.

On this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Computer Networks degree course, you’ll learn to develop and manage sophisticated computer networks solutions and get hands on with the latest technologies to make a mark on the future of the industry. You’ll also have the option to join our Cisco Networking Academy to add an industry-recognised Cisco certification to your degree.

With the current shortage of networking and IT professionals, your skill set will be in high demand across many sectors when you graduate, opening doors to careers in roles such as network architect, consultant and developer.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) which means that it meets all of the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). You’ll also be able progress to Chartered Engineer status with further study and experience.

This accreditation also lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the computer networks industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

We also pay Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) student membership fees for all of our students.

90% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)
91% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

**What you'll experience**

On this degree course, you'll:

- Configure, manage and experiment with different network technologies and web applications

- Work with our private cloud environment to learn about virtualisation and cloud computing

- Use network analysis tools such as OPNET and Wireshark

- Use our bespoke network laboratory with in-lab and remote access to over 200 routers and switches in a data-centre environment

- Be challenged to put what you learn in the classroom to work, taking on practical network design projects that are linked to your studies

- Join our Cisco Networking Academy to work towards obtaining industry-recognised certifications, such as CCNA or CCNP

- Take optional modules to tailor your degree to specific interests, like management, security, big data, Internet of Things, or business and innovation

**Careers and opportunities**

What can you do with a Computer Networks degree?

After the course, you could work in many industries, for example:

- consumer and professional electronics

- pharmaceuticals and health care

- defence

- broadcasting and telecommunications

- IT development and consulting

- banking and finance

Graduates from this course have gone on to work for well-known companies such as:

- Cisco

- IBM

- HP

- Microsoft

- KPMG

- PWC

- BAE Systems

- Morgan Stanley

- Deutsche Bank

- Barclays

Our Employability and Careers service will be on hand throughout your studies and for up to 5 years after you graduate to give you help and support with finding a job and developing your career.

"One of the best things about the course is it’s very hands on. You learn by doing and not just theory." Katie Tuffrey, Computer Networks Student

Modules

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Computer Networks degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Basics of the Business Environment
Networking Essentials
Scientific Principles for Computer Networking
System Administration and Internetworking
Web Applications

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Routing and Switching
Network Servers and Services
Network Simulation and Traffic Management
Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
Wide Area Networks

Optional modules to choose from in this year currently include:

Big Data
Business Information Systems Security
Computing Undergraduate Ambassador
Ethical Hacking
Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP)
Web Programming

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

Enterprise and ISP Network Solutions
Individual Project (Engineering)
Network Design

Optional modules to choose from in this year currently include:

Digital Enterprise and Innovation 1
Digital Enterprise and Innovation 2
Information Systems Management
Internet of Things
Malware Forensics
Project Management
Security Management
Wireless Networks

Assessment methods

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

technical reports and logbooks
written exams
mini projects
presentations
case studies
group assignments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 47% by coursework
Year 2 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework
Year 3 students: 25% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 65% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Computer networks

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Information technology technicians

There are a lot of computing courses out there, and they vary a lot in content, modules and the way they work with employers, so individual courses can have very different outcomes. This is a course where you really need to get a good grade — employers really pay attention to the class of your degree and a low grade will serious hit your prospects. But you can get a job on pretty much any industry in the country with a computing degree - and organisation with an IT system and a web site needs graduates in this discipline - and many employers report difficulty in finding graduates. So most students do get jobs, and starting salaries are good, particularly in London. If you want to find out more about the prospects for a computer science course at a particular institution, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computer networks

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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