What's the Computer Network Management Foundation Degree (FdSc) - Validated by the University of Salford course about?

This course has been developed in partnership with Cisco and Microsoft to equip students with the skills and knowledge employers need for a range of professional IT careers related to networking. It is also designed to promote and develop a broad range of skills, personal qualities and approaches that will provide a platform for further study, successful career advancement and lifelong learning.

The course is suitable for people already working in networking, who want to develop their skills and gain a higher-level qualification, or those wanting to begin a career in this field. Students have the opportunity to gain vendor certifications in industry standard products, for example, Microsoft (Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional:Server Administration) and CISCO (CISCO Certified Network Associate). They develop practical skills in network administration within the infrastructure, implementation of Active directory and troubleshooting, and in the use of Windows 2008 Enterprise edition operating system and CISCO multilayer switches and routers. There are also units that develop personal effectiveness and employment skills and a key feature of the course is work-related learning.

Subjects studied include:

  • Network fundamentals
  • Network software
  • Information systems for organisations

  • Internet technology
  • Network design and implementation
  • Project management
  • Network security

Assessment makes use of a range of activities, including reports, oral presentations, group work, practical assignments, time-constrained tests, peer assessment and live industry briefs.. Achievement is evidenced by the production of a portfolio of evidence.

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