Computer Networks & Security - HND
HND Computer Networks & Security is a technical and practical course that focuses on the design, configuration, management and support of all types of computer networks. Intrinsic to the professional operation of computer networks is the need to operate securely to ensure data is maintained at all times against all possible sources of disruption such as operator error, equipment malfunction, hacking, organised crime or interference by foreign governments. By studying this course you will develop valuable hands-on experience with a range of industry-standard hardware and software, helping you build applied skills and understanding for working in this sector.
Areas of study include network architecture and management, network design and integration, routing, computer security, network operating systems, programming, wide area networks and wireless networks and security. A substantial project, undertaken individually in the final year of the course, allows you to specialise in a chosen area of interest. The report produced at the end will demonstrate your competence in this area and should prove very helpful in job interviews.
The qualification is particularly attractive to employers as the content of the curriculum is specifically designed for communications and networks practitioners and it includes the Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) programme. This is an industry standard certificate developed by major communications supplier, Cisco, whose learning academy and qualifications are recognised globally.
About the course
The course is taught through lectures, practical laboratory sessions and tutorials. You will find the practical sessions invaluable in consolidating your learning.
Assessment is through a combination of exams and coursework. Each module on the course may have a slightly different approach depending on the expected learning outcomes; for example, some modules may use coursework only as a means of assessment where others may use a mix of coursework and exams.
Teaching staff are all very experienced professionals who have developed the technical content to such an extent that it can be delivered through lectures and practical sessions that best suit your requirements.
- In the first and second year of study, students will register with the Cisco Networking Academy to enrol for Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) study programme. A Cisco certificate is awarded after successfully completing each of the four parts. Having completed the CCNA study programme, students can choose to sit the Cisco CCNA examination at an external testing centre. A separate charge is payable to CISCO for the external exam.
- There is plenty of informal interaction with the lecturers and questions are easily be addressed and answered.
- Guest speakers provide relevant, up-to-date input from practitioners in the industry.
- The course is supported by dedicated network laboratories which are firewalled to allow students to experiment and evaluate attack tools without worrying about disrupting the wider university network.
- Many of the computing facilities can be accessed across the internet from home, allowing students to work on their assignments whenever and wherever they choose.
- Successful students obtaining good grades can apply to access the final year study of the BSc (Hons) course.
What you will learn
Level 1 of the course is common between all programmes in the Computing group. You will receive a broad introduction to various computing technologies and benefit from flexible progression on to level 2. This flexibility allows students the possibility of transferring to one of the other BSc (Hons) programmes in the Computing group at the end of level 1.
At level 2 you will study communications, wireless networking, mobile communications, voice/data integration and network architectures.
What you will study
Core Skills; Website Production; Information Systems and Databases; Introduction to Programming; Computer Platforms; Networking Fundamentals (including CCNA1).
Project; Unix; Wireless Networks and Security; Routing Fundamentals (including CCNA2); Network Architecture (including CCNA3); Wide Area Networks (including CCNA4).
160 UCAS points from at least one, but preferably two, A2-levels (or equivalent) in any subjects.
You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including mathematics and English.
If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).
Students with non-traditional qualifications and/or technical computing background may be accepted onto the course after a successful interview.
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