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MSc Computer and Information Networks

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  • Objectives
    To provide postgraduate training in Computer Networks and Information Systems and to produce engineers with an understanding of the principles and practice of computer networks and the services they support. To prepare students for careers in advanced research and/or industry by extending their knowledge and skills in a specialised area of computer and information networks. To enable students to contribute to future developments in their field by providing them with an understanding of recent advances and current research activity. To develop students' ability to make a critical evaluation of the theories, techniques and systems used in their chosen area of specialisation. - To develop research and problem-solving techniques in their chosen area of specialisation. - To develop students' ability to undertake research through practical project experience.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Qualifications Normally 2(i) BEng degree, or equivalent qualification, in Computer Science, Electronics, Physics or a related field. Applicants with a good 2 (ii) supported by strong recommendation and/or previous work experience are also considered. Overseas students' English requirement: IELTS of 6 or TOEFL of 220 or 560.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Computer and Information Networks
  • Course description

    Course Description
    This course gives in-depth knowledge of the principles and practice of computer networking, covering topics such as current and future Internet protocols, programming network services, and so on. There is a strong practical element to this degree through laboratory programmes in software engineering and in computer networking. A background in computer science or electronic engineering is appropriate for this degree; graduates typically find work in network management, both in the UK and overseas.

    Modules and Options

    The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.

    Stage 1

        Compulsory: INTRODUCTION TO JAVA
        Compulsory: NETWORK COMPUTING
        Compulsory: NETWORK CONCEPTS
        Compulsory: NETWORKING PRACTICE
        Compulsory: NETWORKS LABORATORY

    Teaching and Assessment Methods
    A: Knowledge and Understanding
        Learning Outcomes
        A1 : The principles that underlie computer networks and the design and implementation of modern networks.
        A2 : Practical issues concerning computer networks, including planning, configuration, monitoring and security.
        A3 : The fundamentals of networked information services and detailed knowledge of the most important ones.
        A4 : The implementation of at least one networked service in a suitable programming language.
        A5 : Advanced topics in selected areas of modern computer networking and networked information systems.
        A6 : A selected current research area, including practical experience in it.

        Teaching Methods
        A1 and A3 are developed through lectures and coursework.

        A2 is developed through lectures and network laboratory experiments.

        A4 is developed through lectures and software laboratory experiments.

        A5 is developed mainly through lectures that involve, in some cases, industrial lecturers who emphasise current industrial practices, and project.

        A6 is developed principally through a research project.

        Assessment Methods
        A1-A4 are examined through coursework, tests, and examinations.

        A5 is assessed through examinations, one module through exam and course work, and project.

        A6 is assessed by means of a written report and oral defence.

    B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        B1 : Integrate knowledge and information in order to explain and evaluate computer networking technologies.
        B2 : Use data and knowledge in order to plan a modern computer network.
        B3 : Assimilate and link information presented in different courses.
        B4 : Plan and conduct an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisor.

        Teaching Methods
        B1 and B2 are developed principally through lectures, problem classes, seminars and practical work.

        B3 is mostly developed through problem classes, research project, course work and practicals.

        B4 is developed through research project guided by the supervisor.

        Assessment Methods
        B1 and B2 are assessed through written examinations and oral assessment in the networks laboratory.

        B3 and B4 are assessed principally through reports on practical work, including the project report.

    C: Practical Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        C1 : Developing computer programs that implement network services.
        C2 : Making effective use of software packages for the handling, analysis and presentation of experimental data.
        C3 : Writing and reporting complex technical concepts concerned with computer networks in a readable and balanced way.
        C4 : Demonstrate inter-personal skills and participate actively in teamwork.
        C5 : Show self-motivation, self-discipline and initiative.

        Teaching Methods
        C1 are developed in lectures and practicals in the networks and software laboratories.

        C2-C5 are developed in the laboratories and in project work.

        Assessment Methods
        C1 and C2 are assessed in reports on laboratory experiments.

        C3 is assessed principally in the project report, and to a lesser extent in reports on experiments.

        C4 and C5 are assessed through oral examination of selected practicals and the project oral.

    D: Key Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        D1 : To report effectively, both written and oral, in structured fashion on independent and group work.
        D2 : To use current computer systems for communication, data acquisition, data management, and data analysis.
        D3 : To analyse technical problems involving numerical values.
        D4 : To learn top-down/bottom-up approach and systematically explore, combine, deduce techniques for solving complex problems.
        D5 : To work as part of a group to set-up experiments and do measurement, and analyse the associated results.
        D6 : To evaluate background knowledge, assess learning pace, plan work with realistic targets.

        Teaching Methods
        D1, D2 are developed through course work and project work and project reports.

        D3 and D4 are developed through problem classes, project work, and course work.

        D5 is developed through practicals.

        D6 is developed through project work, practicals, and course work.

        Assessment Methods
        D1 is assessed through oral and written project report and laboratory report.

        D2 is assessed through project work, laboratory work, and course work.

        D3 is assessed mainly through the examination.

        D4 is assessed through the examination, project work and coursework.

        D5 is assessed through the laboratory work.

        D6 is assessed through project.

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