- Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)
This module covers research methods including qualitative and quantitative approaches. You will carry out literature surveys, data collection, data analysis, critical evaluation and appraisal of published work and data sets. You will also learn how to research and write a technical paper.
- Client Server Networking (15 Credits)
This module covers the design and deployment of a modern client server network and the core services that are required to operate it. This is a highly practical module and you will be required to install and configure clients and servers and deploy critical services across your network such as file shares, security and name resolution.
- Network Infrastructure (30 Credits)
This module examines the role of the networking devices that would be found in a large multi-site network and the core protocols and services that they use. This is a highly practical module so you will be expected to setup a number of prototype networks during the course of your studies. You will be configuring routers and both layer 2 and layer 3 switches as well as wireless LAN devices. You will also learn about network addressing and the routing protocols and core services that large networks and service providers use to optimise traffic flow.
- Network Design (15 Credits)
This module looks at current network design strategies that aim to optimise network performance and provide ease of management and scalability. It will focus primarily on larger networks and will cover many design issues that larger networks have to face such as wireless LAN integration and server farm deployment. It will also examine a number of network management protocols and network support protocols that enable key design features to function. There is a significant practical element to this module. You will be expected to build prototype networks that follow good design practices and make use of the management and support protocols that are covered in the lectures.
- Network Security (15 Credits)
This module examines the weaknesses in many of the core protocols and devices found within the modern network. It also considers how these weaknesses may be exploited and how a network engineer may harden the network against attack. Several current security protocols and security devices will be considered. The module will examine current VPN technologies, firewalls, Intrusion prevention and detection systems and edge security. This is a highly practical module and students will be expected to build, secure and defend a number of prototype networks using the University’s well stocked laboratories. You will have access to our security hardened layer 2 and layer 3 switches and routers and have access to a number of dedicated firewall appliances.
- Digital Telephony (15 Credits)
This module looks at the design and deployment of a network wide VoIP service. It will consider current best design and deployment practises and will examine the many protocols and issues surrounding the integration of a VoIP service into a network. This will include an examination of Quality of Service. This is a highly practical module and you will be expected to setup several prototype networks and provision them with VoIP and voice mail services in the University’s laboratories.
- Virtualisation and Cloud Computing (15 Credits)
This module examines the impact of virtualisation and cloud services on modern networks. You will examine the advantages and challenges that desktop and server virtualisation have brought to networking and the increasing dependence that companies have on cloud services. This module is highly practical and you will be expected to setup prototype networks that make use of both desktop and server virtualisation in the University’s laboratories.
- Masters Project (60 Credits)
You will undertake a real-world project through the support of a sponsor. It will include both a research and a practical element.
We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, research, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions.
Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.
Assessment methods include written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.
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