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Network Computing blends academic rigour with practical skills and incorporates the Cisco Certified Network Associate curriculum for small and medium-sized networks.
Compared to Computing BSc (Hons), this course has a much stronger focus on computer network technologies. You will develop both practical skills in designing and building networks, as well as expertise in five key areas of network management: fault, configuration, accounting, performance and security. For each of these, you will learn about available protocols and how to analyse different models and standards.
At the same time, the course covers all the fundamentals of computing. Topics include web applications, database systems, programming and software development.
Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory sessions. We also use the University’s virtual learning environment for group activities, discussions, assignments and links to resources. We encourage you to develop independent study skills as well as to work with other students on the course.
As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also ongoing assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include coursework and exams.
Fundamentals of Computing (100 credits)
Systems Administration (20 credits)
This module explores how to manage large installations in Windows and UNIX. It provides an insight into the role of system administrator, which is one of many possible roles for computing graduates after the end of their studies.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Software Engineering Enterprise and Innovation Project (40 credits)
Choose to develop a software project for a client or yourself. You will gain valuable experience of working within a team-based software development environment.
Intermediate Software Development (20 credits)
This module will move beyond the basic object-oriented concepts associated with simple classes and objects to cover a series of more sophisticated object-oriented ideas, including ‘inheritance’ and ‘polymorphism’.
Network Fundamentals (20 credits)
This module introduces the architecture, structure, basic protocols and devices used in routed and switched networks, as well as in-depth discussion of the OSI and TCP/IP reference models and where these devices and protocols sit within it.
Scaling and Securing Networks (20 credits)
This module goes into detail concerning the configuration of routers and switches in complex routed networks employing protocols such as multi-area OSPF and EIGRP (IPv4 and IPv6).
Virtual Networks (20 credits)
This module examines the impact of virtualisation when applied to modern networks. You will learn advanced desktop and server based scripting techniques and also examine the impact of established hypervisors within virtualised environments.
Computing Major Project (40 credits)
You will research a topic and develop software that’s connected to that topic. Past examples include an Android audio application, a Trojan detector and a network monitoring tool.
Advanced Routing (20 credits)
The module begins with a detailed study of the current exterior gateway protocol that manages the routing of IP traffic over the Internet. You will learn how service providers and other multi-homed organisations use this protocol to support their routing policies.
Telecommunications (20 credits)
Module moves from analogue principles to digital telephony, VOIP, packetized voice, GSM and converged networks. You will have an opportunity to build a fully converged modern telecommunications system.
Ethical Hacking (20 credits)
You will develop knowledge and understanding of ethical hacking, which is about locating and strengthening security weaknesses in computer systems. The module will also cover a range of legal and social aspects in the ethical hacking domain.
Project Management (20 credits)
You will learn modern approaches to the development and management of IT-related projects, making use of the latest principles and research.
Software Enterprise (20 credits)
This module focuses on providing the knowledge and skills that will enable you to explore and exploit business opportunities for software enterprises.
Advanced Cyber Security (20 credits)
In this module you will learn how to analyse the range of tradeoffs in balancing the security properties of confidentiality, integrity and availability. You will also learn how to select the appropriate tools and techniques to address and manage concepts of risk, threats, vulnerabilities and potential attacks.
The David Goldman Informatics Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
St Peter's Way,
Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).
We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications. Please note we do not accept AS/A Level General Studies.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This course has a strong emphasis on real-world learning that boosts employability and equips you to make a bigger contribution in the workplace.
Sunderland has a good reputation with employers and, according to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015/16, 94.2% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (based on UK undergraduate students). The top type of job gained by our graduates is ‘information and communication technology professional’.
Our graduates have gone on to become web programmers, IT managers, information analysts and software developers. Employers that have taken on our graduates include Sage, British Airways and the NHS. Other graduates have started their own businesses or become software contractors earning over £50,000 a year.