Solent University (Southampton)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Solent University

Computer Systems and Networks Engineering

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Course summary

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Computer networks play a pivotal role in all organisations, and very few businesses survive without one – meaning well qualified network engineers are in high-demand. This degree will support you to develop an in-depth understanding of the major components and principles underpinning computer network technologies – ready to start a fascinating career as a computer network engineer. In partnership with the Cisco Networking Academy, the course will equip you with the practical skills required to design, implement, secure and manage computer network systems for business and industry – ranging from small businesses to large scale enterprise levels. The course also has embedded industry-recognised professional qualifications including CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, Cisco Cybersecurity Essentials, Cisco CyberOps and PCAP Python to equip you with the practical and technical skills in high-demand by industry. Throughout your studies, you will be working in our high-tech computer networking labs with industry standard facilities; featuring a wide variety of equipment including Cisco routers and switches, CCNA and CCNP bundles, multi-vendor network devices and high-performance servers. The lab machines are also equipped with a multitude of academic and commercial software including Cisco Packet Tracer, OPNet, VMWare, Open NMS, Wireshark, and GNS3 in Windows and Linux environments. The lab machines can also be configured flexibly to implement and test computer networks, and learn advanced technologies such as software-defined networks, cloud computing, virtualisation and the ‘Internet of Things’. Your future employability is a key focus, and in addition to professional qualifications there are a broad range of transferable skills such as project management, problem-solving and communication skills embedded throughout – helping you to become highly employable. After completing the second year, you will also have the option to spend a placement year in industry to develop your practical skills further. Previous students have completed placements and been employed in companies such as British Aerospace, Cisco, Juniper, and IBM. The course is delivered by a team of passionate, friendly and research-active qualified academics who work at the forefront of the field. Our academics are also fellows of the Higher Education Academy as well as Cisco certified instructors. Industry-recognised professional qualification such as CCNA Routing & Security, CCNA Security, PCAP Python, Cisco Cyber Security Essentials. What does this course lead to? Recent course graduates have gone on to various roles in network infrastructure and system support organisations including; Cisco Systems, IBM, Juniper, Symantec Security UK, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Electra networks, QinetiQ, Quostar, VeriFone, TalkTalk, Rackspace, Vodafone and Peer 1 Hosting. The course leads to the role of a network engineer and its various specialised forms such as: System Support Analyst Network Security Analyst System Architects Penetration Tester Network Systems Consultant IT Support Engineer Product Support Engineer Who is this course for? This course is ideally suited to those with a passion for computing, wishing to develop the skills to support, research, design, deploy and maintain computer systems and networks.

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Problem Solving through Programming This module will introduce software implementation through the process of understanding how to solve problems using programming. Introduction to Networks Security In this module you’ll explore networks by using a network simulator to learn what devices and connections are used. These will then be applied to various principles of networking, protocols and associated technologies. Networks Applications This unit investigates the function and management of operating systems and the services that run on networks to facilitate this communication between systems. Introductions to Databases In this module you are introduced to the skills and concepts required to develop and use relational databases. You will learn how to write programs interacting with databases and how to create them. Routing and Switching To prepare for the network transition towards controller based activities, this module will prepare you with the knowledge of foundational technologies, ensuring you stay relevant with skill sets. Cyber Security Essentials In this module you will be introduced to the importance of cyber security. Studying concepts including; basic security theory and security assistance, the basic techniques for application of security concepts; and the role of ethical hackers. YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Network Systems Automation Throughout this module you will explore topics including network system principles, services and configuration, and investigate the applications and management of network systems. Network Engineering This module has the aim of giving you the knowledge and practical skills to specify, design and scale large computer networks which are essential for a typical network engineering role. Network Security The module will investigate the theoretical concepts of network security and the application of these to the design of secure networks. Research Methods Project This module will align you with the forefront of scientific knowledge, and, in doing so, you will hone your research skills. Enterprise Networks This module has the aim of giving you the knowledge and practical skills to specify, design and implement large connected networks. Network Implementation This module aims to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to design, implement and test computer networks to meet a company’s requirement. YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Dissertation Project Your dissertation may be practical or investigative in nature, but all projects must produce specific artefacts that demonstrate your intellectual and practical skills in the subject area. Computer Systems and Architecture On this module you will develop practical skills that will enable evaluation, comparison and assessment of computer components and your capabilities. Industrial Consulting Project The module will deliver ‘Real-world’ learning which involves interaction with employers and external organisations to allow you to prepare, rehearse and reflect on your experiences Choose two options from the following (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each year) Cyber Ops On this module you will complete a Cisco academy training course on cybersecurity operations to discover, identify and analyse threats, perform attack techniques, discover vulnerabilities and apply mitigations. Cloud Computing and Virtualisation On this module you will learn how to investigate, critique and evaluate a range of cloud computing enabling technologies and your applications from various user cases and case studies. Network Management This module investigates the issues relating to the design and management of computer networks. Internet of Things By the end of the module you will have explored how to evaluate, critically analyse and synthesise information, data and ideas and acquired practical skills in the field of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Assessment method

You will be assessed through a mixture of group and individual coursework, report writing, presentations, time-constrained class tests, online tests, portfolios, practical demonstrations and project work.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeCSN1
Institution code S30
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 points A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma or equivalent. Alternative entry on this course is available through the Computer Foundation Year. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.
A level CCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits P: 15 credits 60 Credits with 45 M Level Credits and 15 P Level Credits
AS In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) MMM
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) DD
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) In combination with other qualifications
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) In combination with other qualifications
HNC (BTEC) P - D
HND (BTEC) P - M
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate In combination with other qualifications

• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. • Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area. • Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)66.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each individual component.
TOEFL (iBT)8080 overall with a minimum 19 in each individual component.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13260 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Computer Systems and Networks Engineering at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS