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Network Computing MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ECT091

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
May 2018

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

In today’s globalised world, businesses of all sizes have staff working in multiple locations – at home, on the move, at separate sites and frequently in different countries.

The prolific use of computers and mobile devices has increased the need for things like file storage, back-up, remote access, file sharing and data protection, as well as the demand for highly trained specialists to manage these activities. At the same time the need for traditional networking remains, with a need for a more robust and efficient infrastructure.

Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), this specialist course covers the technological, operational and strategic aspects of distributed and networked computer systems, incorporating support issues, such as the design of appropriate software, usability and information security.

Coventry offers state-of-the-art facilities and the chance to learn alongside world-leading researchers in areas such as pervasive computing, distributed computing and application.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Information Technology Professional


British Computer Society (BCS)

Course information

This professionally accredited Master’s course has been designed to teach computer networking from the systems, as opposed to hardware, point of view.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop an understanding of a variety of network structures used within LANs, global corporate networks and the internet, such as TCP/IP, VLANs and VPN along with the associated data transmission technologies, including ISDN, SDH/SONET, ATM, frame relay and X25.

We’ll also consider the processes for developing large and complex software systems – the protocols and systems to assist project management and the methods of evaluating usability and user friendliness.

Modules

Overview

The first semester aims to provide a solid grounding in systems structure, management and evaluation. We look at the technological, operational and strategic aspects of complex networked computer systems, focusing on how these can be designed, optimised, maintained and managed to meet the expectations and requirements of clients and users.

In the second semester, we focus on issues related to network security and how to protect networks from cybercrime and hacking. We’ll also examine the techniques used to retrieve lost, damaged or fragmented data.

In your final semester, you should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have learned by undertaking an in-depth individual project. Guided by an expert tutor, this project helps to develop your research skills and gain an experience matching that of an IT professional.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Network Technologies
    • Network Planning and Management  
  • Semester 2

    • Internet and Information Security
    • Mobile Device Forensics
    • Research Methods in Computing 
  • Semester 2

    • Individual Project

In more detail...

  • Coventry is rated 19th best in the UK for Computer Science and Information Systems in the Guardian University Guide 2017.
  • 90% overall student satisfaction, above the sector average of 80%, in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), fully meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and provides partial fulfilment for Chartered Scientist and Chartered Engineer.
  • £50m Engineering and Computing building features a large range of specialised computing laboratories in computer security, communications and signal processing, electrical, electronics and microprocessors, ethical hacking and forensic computing, together with a games and multimedia studio and open access computer facilities.

Your main study themes are:

  • Internet and information security: Aims to develop your understanding of information security concepts and how they are applied using Internet technologies. The importance of a security policy is considered and client-side, data-transmission, server and operating system security vulnerabilities are examined in-depth. Detailed coverage of various security technologies will enable students to comprehend and design secure architectures that are vital for safe electronic commerce.

  • Network Technologies: Aims to provide an understanding of the various standards, protocols, devices and algorithms used in modern corporate networks. We examine a wide range of technologies employed within LANs, global corporate networks and the internet, including the theory, algorithms and design principles associated with them.

  • Network Planning and Management: We investigate the techniques and tools of network management, considering the issues and constraints involved in computer communications. You will learn how to recognise the business needs of the customer and how to balance the parameters of the network against these and the resources available. We will cover various aspects of network structure, planning, architecture and equipment to produce an optimal network plan and successfully document such systems. We’ll look at network management, including problems of security, network failure and its impact, as well as network management equipment, software and protocols.

  • Mobile Device Forensics: We look at the tools, techniques and processes required to undertake a successful acquisition, analysis and reporting of digital artefacts recovered during a digital forensic investigation. The main topics covered will include concepts of differing file systems essentials, data acquisition and forensic examination of network, cloud and mobile platforms.

The programme allows you to study full-time over one year or part-time over two years. You can start in September or January.

Theory and lab-based classes will provide you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of a wide range of network computer theory and practice, and how this can be used in creating effective network systems and structures for use in the real world. Learning and teaching incorporates lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, group projects, workshops and practical laboratory sessions, supported by an extensive suite of labs staffed by experienced staff.

Throughout the course, great emphasis is placed on the practical development of work, with a significant portion of your time being spent on assisted lab tasks, which may involve configuring devices and troubleshooting networks or seminars discussing emerging technologies. Regular external talks, by our academic and research staff, as well as visiting lecturers, bring you the latest issues on a wide range of topics, which have recently covered software defined networks and social engineering.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. The assessment will be marked on how well you achieve these learning outcomes with feedback that will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade. Students are required to achieve above 40% to pass; anything above 70% is classified as ‘outstanding’.

The assessment for the modules vary and include a diverse set of approaches, such as portfolios, essays, papers, phase-tests, posters, presentations and formal exams. 

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, essays, project and group work: 50%
  • Practical exams eg. presentations, tests 25%
  • Formal examinations: 25%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits.

50% assessed by coursework, essays, project and group work

On successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: The theoretical and technological foundations of computer networks and the practical implications of these; the theory, algorithms and protocols employed by networking devices; techniques and systems to ensure security and integrity of computer-based information and related infrastructure; the theoretical and practical implications of a range of current and emerging technologies applied to networked and distributed systems.
  • Critically evaluate the key ethical, political, legal and social issues that need to be considered when carrying out research when using advanced computing technologies. 
  • Critically evaluate a range of possible options or solutions to address a sizeable practical problem in network computing and present a soundly reasoned justification for the final recommendation.
  • Make a substantial contribution to high level implementation decisions for design and development of complex computer-based systems.
  • Apply appropriate principles and techniques in the analysis and design of complex computer systems.
  • Provide appropriate advice about security and integrity issues for computer-based information systems and related infrastructure.
  • Make a significant contribution to the formulation and implementation of an effective strategic plan to meet the networking and internetworking requirements of an organisation.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 18 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of tutorials and, later, individual project supervision, each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical laboratory classes each week
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

As well as the chance to work alongside students from different nationalities, as a technical course, the material itself is international – you will experience the same networking protocols, maths and algorithms that are used throughout the world.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • a good honours degree or an equivalent qualification;
  • a relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard, e.g. BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma;
  • an unclassified degree plus at least two years' further study or professional experience.

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • a good honours degree or an equivalent qualification;
  • a relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard, e.g. BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma;
  • an unclassified degree plus at least two years' further study or professional experience.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

To enter the course you need to have one of the following:

  • a good honours degree or an equivalent qualification;
  • a relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard, e.g. BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma;
  • an unclassified degree plus at least two years' further study or professional experience.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£7,374 (per year)


May 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£7,374 (per year)


May 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£14,311 (per year)


May 2018

£14,311 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

The practical nature of our course places an emphasis on your future employability, developing business skills and knowledge through engagement with industry practitioners and the opportunity to work on real-life projects.

After successfully completing the programme, you should have gained the skills necessary to move into an area of network management, such as designing and managing the implementation of a company LAN, assessing the security risks associated with internet use or a wireless network, advising on the specification of a company intranet or troubleshooting a WAN for global company communications.

Our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, may also be able to help you in finding work experience while you study and employment on graduation.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to careers as network administrators and security specialists. Opportunities also exist to complete a PhD research degree upon completion of the course.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.