Network Systems (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

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Master the knowledge needed to become a web programmer or software developer. Immerse yourself in Cisco systems and topics such as project management and ethical hacking. Graduate with the skills to work in a range of careers in an ever-evolving and increasingly important sector.

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Course overview

BSc (Hons) Network Systems allows you to top-up your existing qualification in just one year.

You will have full access to the University’s outstanding IT facilities, which include specialist computer forensics laboratories. We are also an accredited Cisco Academy and have two laboratories packed with Cisco networking equipment including routers, switches, terminals and specialist equipment for simulating frame relay and ISDN links.

Topics include project management, telecommunications, product development and advanced routing.

Why us?

  • We have developed partnerships with a number of major companies including Sony, CISCO and RIM (Blackberry), and we have strong links with Nissan, Sage and British Airways, all enhancing your experience
  • We are a leading partner in the Sunderland Software City initiative, which aims to develop the software industry in our city and region
  • These partnerships allow you to experiment with cutting-edge and current applications and many partners provide modern hardware and software for our courses, including Microsoft and Sony gaming console technologies, and smartphones and tablets

Course structure

A typical week for you will 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 on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include coursework and exams.

Final year (national level 6)

Core modules:

  • Research (20 credits)

Introduces a variety of research approaches and examines how to specify and contextualise a research problem, collect data, analyse and present data, and evaluate the methodology adopted.

  • Product Development (20 credits)

The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop your abilities in solution development.

  • 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.

  • 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)

This 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.

 

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • We are an accredited Cisco Academy and have two laboratories packed with Cisco networking equipment including routers, switches, terminals and specialist equipment for simulating frame relay and ISDN links.

    We also have specialist dedicated computer forensics labs, a game software development lab and a final year project lab.

     

     

     

     

    Cisco Academy
  • We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on computing topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Some of the most important sources for computing students include:

    • British Standards Online which offers more than 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, performance and codes of practice
    • Association of Computing Machinery digital library, which includes full-text articles from journals as well as conference proceedings
    • Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
    • Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text articles dating back to 1994 on a range of subjects including technology
    • Business Source Elite from EBSCO Publishing that covers hundreds of journals that include coverage of e-commerce and information management
    Library Services - IT
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Facilities

This course is based at the David Goldman Informatics Centre, a high-tech computing environment with strong links to software companies and a constant exchange of ideas and people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry requirements

The typical entry requirement is successful completion of one of the following:

  • HND or Foundation Degree in a subject related to computer science
  • 240 credits or equivalent of a recognised UK undergraduate award in a relevant subject

There is a range of qualifications that would satisfy the entry requirements and we will consider each application individually.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £11,500 you are from outside the EU

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.

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Employment

This course has a strong emphasis on real-world learning that boosts employability and equips you to make a bigger contribution in the workplace.

Career options

The top type of job gained by our graduates is ‘information and communication technology professional’.

Our graduates have 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.

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