University of Bolton Computer Networks and Security
BSc (Hons) 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 degree 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.
Year 1: Website production, information systems & databases, introduction to programming, computer platforms, networking fundamentals.
Year 2: Project, unix, wireless networks & security, routing fundamentals, network architecture, wide area networks.
Year 3: Professional issues in computing, major project, network security, enterprise infrastructure, management & design, network management, network design & integration, advanced operating systems.
- September 2017
|Entry requirements||From September 2017, 104 UCAS points from at least 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.
Students with non-traditional qualifications and/or technical computing background may be accepted onto the course after a successful interview.
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). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.
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