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Computer Networks and Communications BSc Honours

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    Course summary:

    Communications technology requires knowledge of the interaction of hardware and software in complex networks. This course covers all aspects of computer networks, from the physical transmission of signals, through the protocols required for the safe transmission of data, to the end-to-end services built on the communications backbone. Wired and wireless networks are covered, and special emphasis is placed on the transportation of real-time audio and video media. There is also a strong focus on support and services for wired and wireless communication systems.

    The course will give you the understanding, experience and flexibility to work at different levels with networked communication systems, from digital modulation through network architecture, routing and management. Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as BT, Cisco, Claranet, Dell, Google Enterprise, Hachette, HP, Huawei Technologies, JVC Europe and Quinix, as well as for smaller private companies.

    Westminster is a Cisco Networking Academy, and the course incorporates the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security curriculum, giving you the opportunity to complete the CCNA Security qualification while studying for your degree.

    You will learn the fundamental principles of computing and network engineering, and develop the connection between these and a broad range of network systems (focusing particularly on transporting real-time audio and video media).

    You will also be encouraged to use initiative and confidence in approaching engineering problems, investigating solutions using a blend of analytical and practical skills.

    You will be able to take a year-long industry placement between Years 2 and 3, giving you a competitive edge in the job market and contributing to your development towards Chartered Engineer status.

    Teaching methods include lectures and seminars, laboratories and computer-aided engineering, group and individual projects, and online learning. Assessments include formal exams, group work, written reports, and presentations and posters.

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