Undergraduate study
Computing (Networking)

FdSc Computing (Networking)

UCAS code: G421 FdSc/CN

Networked computing is a rapidly growing area with a high demand for skilled graduates. A computer network is any set of computers or devices connected to each other with the ability to exchange data, allowing users to communicate and share resources.

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Full-time

  • Length: 2 years

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Part-time

  • 3 years

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  • One full day or two evenings a week (depending on demand)
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Stockton Riverside College 01642 865569

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Successful completion of the course lets you progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Computing. Topics include:

  • business application technologies
  • PC maintenance
  • understanding a Microsoft server environment.

Four of the networking-based modules can lead towards additional accreditation with Cisco, the national standard in networking. You are involved in activities at employers’ premises for the equivalent of one day a week.

This is a Teesside University award delivered over 2 years full-time at Darlington College (01325 503050) or over 3 years part-time at Stockton Riverside College (01642 865569).

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Application Technologies

This module develops your skills in the design and automation of industry standard database and spreadsheet application packages.

  • Databases: normalisation techniques are introduced, leading to an understanding of relational databases. Some advanced database features are studied, and experience gained in building IT solutions for solving business problems.
  • Spreadsheets: automation techniques are introduced, leading to an understanding of fluctuating criteria and the need to develop a flexible model. Some advanced spreadsheet features are studied and experience gained of developing application tools for solving practical problems.

Assessment is through one in course assessment consisting of three elements.

Networking Theory and Concepts

This module aims to develop your understanding of networking concepts, including computer hardware and software, electricity, networking terminology and protocols.

You will be introduced to computer logic, LANs and WANs, Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, Ethernet and Internet Protocol (IP) addressing.

Emphasis will be given to the design and documentation of a basic network and structured cabling with network to network communications.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of computer hardware and software, electrical signals, networking terminology and protocols
  • compare LANs and WANs, Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, Ethernet, and Internet Protocol (IP) addressing
  • design and produce documentation of a basic network and structured cabling
  • demonstrate an understanding of network-to-network communications
  • design and recommend a suitable network infrastructure for an organisation.

Assessment will be through a single case study.

Principles of Maintaining Computer Systems

This module aims to give you a clear insight into the installation, configuration and maintenance of a complete computer system. There is particular emphasis on the practical aspects of remedial maintenance as well as the purchase, installation and configuration of the major components of a system.

The module will also look at the importance of thoroughly testing a system and goes on to examine how the whole process can help to achieve optimal performance in a computer system. Attention will also be given to the proper documentation of purchase and maintenance agreements and software licenses.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • understand the functionality of hardware and software components in a PC system
  • demonstrate best practice in PC purchase, maintenance and safety issues
  • appreciate the technical detail and characteristics of peripheral devices and how they interface to computer systems
  • appreciate the importance of testing in the installation and configuration of PC systems
  • illustrate the testing and trouble-shooting methods available and the solutions available for the user
  • appreciate the need for proper documentation of purchase agreements, maintenance agreements, warranties and software licenses.

The module will be assessed in-course in two parts. The first will involve the specification and purchase order documentation of hardware and software for a given system specification. And the second will involve the building, configuring, testing and critical evaluation of this system.

Formative assessments will be used throughout the module to enable you to monitor your progress.

Routers and Routing Protocols

You develop your understanding of routers and routing including routing user interfaces, components and configurations. You also investigate IOS versions, naming and backups.

A range of routing protocols, static, distance vector and link state protocols, are used to produce working networks and the concepts of the routing protocols are compared and contrasted.

The module also focuses on TCP/IP Protocol Suite and IP addressing. You design a classless IP addressing scheme for a given network.

Solving problems in network operations is integral within the module

Assessment is by one in course assessment. You should have an understanding of networks from the Networking, Practical and Concepts module.

The IT Professional

We introduce you to the key aspects of professional studies, including essential personal and interpersonal skills for effective team working, as well as professional written and verbal communication skills for the workplace.

The importance of research, analysis and information handling is addressed as are legal, ethical and professional issues surrounding working practice.

Assessment is by one in course assessment consisting of two components, a group presentation and a formal written report including your personal reflections through completion of a personal development plan.

Work-based Learning 1

This module involves a work placement for the equivalent of one day per week throughout the academic year. It may or may not be your regular place of work. Hosts are required to provide work experience relevant to the particular modules you are studying. They will also supervise and monitor your work.

The module allows you to apply academic knowledge in a vocationally orientated environment, while developing your interpersonal and task management skills.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • apply techniques related to the module
  • operate efficiently as both an individual and within the hierarchy of a group
  • implement tasks specified by your host organisation
  • manage the problems associated with planning and organising workloads
  • review the personal and technical skills acquired during the placement.

You will be assessed by the Visiting Academic Tutor on documentation produced throughout the placement and submitted after its completion. In addition, the supervisor from the host organisation is asked to complete feedback forms to confirm your progress and development.

 

Year 2 core modules

Advanced IT Professional

You use software to develop and apply project management skills within a specific business context and model potential solutions to problems concerned with the best course of action.

Spreadsheets and project management techniques are used to develop and document these solutions.

You continue to complete your personal development plan while developing analytical and reflective skills as well as professional written communication skills.

Assessment is through one in course assesment consisting of two components.

LAN Switching, VLANs and Wireless Networks

You increase your expertise in the design of networks. You develop an understanding of switches in an advanced network design. Emphasis is on the design and configuration of a virtual local area network (VLAN). Troubleshooting techniques and methodologies are applied to the networks.

Assessment is by in course assessment.

Managing a Server Environment

You are introduced to the key aspects of a server environment and its associated technologies.

This includes managing and maintaining the operating system, users groups, and computers, shared resources and hardware.

You are assessed by a single in course assessment which includes a simulated practical solution to a case study.

Networks and Systems Administration

Key aspects of network and systems administration as applied to the IT scenario are introduced in this module, which includes a study of current network filing systems, user account issues including account setting up (bulk and individual), generating IDs and passwords, password policies account administration, suspending accounts, changing quotas and passwords and issues associated with wireless networks etc.

The importance of secure storage and backup of user data will be addressed, along with other maintenance issues, network management issues and network performance monitoring.
The significance of licences and legality (or otherwise) of user software will be investigated, as will policies on network and account security, viruses, and attack by hackers (DOS) and spammers. Finally, some of the ethical and moral concerns surrounding account privacy will be investigated.

Wide Area Networks

This module aims to give you an understanding of WAN technology, including: WAN devices; encapsulation formats and communication; PPP components, session establishment, and authentication.

You will develop your network administration and management skills while gaining an understanding of ISDN services and the concept of frame relay.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • describe the use of WAN technologies and encapsulation formats in interconnecting networks
  • explain PPP components, session establishment and authentication
  • compare the uses of ISDN and frame relay technology in providing WAN services
  • demonstrate knowledge of network administration and management skills with regard to security and effective user support.

You will undertake a two hour examination.

Work-based Learning 2

This module involves a work placement for the equivalent of one day per week throughout the academic year. This may or may not be your regular place of work.

Hosts are required to provide work experience relevant to the modules you are studying. They will also supervise and monitor your work.

This module builds on Work-based Learning 1. It introduces project planning and involves critical evaluation of methods and solutions.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • operate effectively both as an individual and as a team member
  • plan a project
  • manage problems associated with planning workloads
  • demonstrate an appreciation of the problems of scale associated with problem solving in a commercial setting
  • produce appropriate professional documentation
  • develop professionally in the workplace and operate within the relevant codes of conduct and practice demonstrating personal reflection on workplace ethics
  • critically evaluate the work placement, methods chosen and the results of the solution through reflective practices.

You will be assessed by the Visiting Academic Tutor on documentation produced throughout your placement and submitted after its completion.

In addition to project deliverables, this documentation has to include an evaluation of the project methods and solutions. The supervisor from the host organisation is asked to complete feedback forms to confirm your progress and development.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The course is delivered using tutor-led classes, workshops, practical sessions and tutorials. You also undertake work-based learning which involves you carrying out activities at your employer's premises for the equivalent of one day a week over both years of the degree.

You may choose to progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Computing.


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Career opportunities

Typical roles include IT specialist, network management, user support and technical support.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 48 tariff points.

The entry criteria are based on your ability to succeed and can be demonstrated through:

  • a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A Level)
  • appropriate training through work.

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 2 years

More full-time details

Part-time

  • 3 years

More part-time details

  • One full day or two evenings a week (depending on demand)
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Stockton Riverside College 01642 865569

Contact details

Further information