MSc (PgDip, PgCert) in Internet Computing

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  • Objectives
    This programme provides students with a comprehensive, advanced knowledge and understanding of all the relevant technologies associated with the Internet computing, ranging from networked applications development and middleware support to networking technologies and standards The aim of the MSc programme Internet Computing is to provide people of graduate status working, or planning to work, in the various areas related to Internet Computing, in Industry or Academia, with high quality, up-to-date education at post-graduate level, thus enhancing their career prospects by gaining additional knowledge and skills in Internet technologies. The specific aims of the new Masters programme are listed as follows: -To provide students with a fuller understanding of current and emerging Internet computing technologies -To facilitate students in the development of expertise and interest in topic areas of Internet computing technologies of direct and complementary relevance to their work -To encourage students to become autonomous learners -To provide students with an understanding of current Internet research issues -To further develop students' analytical, creative, problem-solving and research skills -To provide a platform for career development, innovation and/or further -study such as PhD The learning outcomes define that at the end of the programme , students should: -Be aware of current and developing principles and practices of Internet -Computing technologies. -Have widened and deepened students' knowledge and skills in the areas of Internet Computing and its applications. -Have been exposed to and applied a range of tools and techniques currently being used in the development of networked applications/systems. -Have critically analysed and developed a major piece of work in the area. -Be able to understand current research issues in the relevant aspects of -Internet Computing technologies. -Be able to understand current research issues in the relevant aspects of -Internet Computing technologies.
  • Entry requirements
    The course is for you if: You would like to be a Computer Networks designer/manager/consultant or to work in the development of new Computer Networks architectures and protocols associated with the future development of the Internet, or to advance your knowledge and skills in Computer Networks to enhance your career prospects.
  • Academic title
    MSc (PgDip, PgCert) in Internet Computing
  • Course description
    What is the course about?

    This course allows students/professionals with an interest or experience in Computer Networks and the Internet to further develop advanced skills and understanding of Computer Networks/Internet architectures, services, protocols, networked applications and research and development issues in the field.

    What are Careers Prospects of the course:

    -Some examples of career opportunities after the successful completion of the course are listed below:
    -Network Management Systems Development
    -IP Based Network Planning and Design
    -Performance Evaluation of Internetworked Systems
    -Development of Networking Technologies
    -Internet Service Providers
    -Internet Based Solutions (e.g. Voice over IP, VPNs)
    -Distributed Applications Development
    -Fixed and Mobile Network Routing Systems Development
    -Traffic Engineering
    -Quality of Service Mechanisms Design and Implementation
    -Design and Performance Evaluation of IP Based Communications
    -Integration of Fixed and Mobile Networks
    -Further Research by PhD

    What are the course details?

    The course consists of the following core and option modules:


    -Research Methods
    -Web Development Technologies


    -Database Design and Technology
    -Multimedia Systems Development
    -Multimedia Technology
    -Computer Networks
    -Computer Security
    -Software Agents
    -Ubiquitous Computing
    -Software Development - Java
    -Forensic Computing


    -Wireless Networks


    -Human Computer Interaction
    -Multimedia Database Systems
    -Advanced Multimedia Technology
    -Multimedia DevelopmentWorkshop
    -Mobile Computing
    -Network Security
    -Networked Appliances
    -Project Dissertation (to be described in section 6)

    In Semester 1, full-time students normally study two core modules listed above and two option modules selected. Part-time students normally study one core module in the first year (Web Development Technologies) and one option module, and the other core module (Research Methods) and another option module in the second year.

    In Semester 2, full-time students normally study the two core modules listed above and two option modules selected. Part-time students normally study the two core modules in the first year, and two option modules in the second year.

    For Project Dissertation, students normally complete their projects by the end of August, after the completion of all the four core and four selected option modules.

    Some details of the core modules and the brief summaries of the option modules for the course are given below:

    This module provides a grounding in research methods as they apply to
    research in computing and information systems. It outlines essential
    considerations when conducting experimental research, survey research,
    field research, etc., and allows an opportunity to analyse research papers
    and develop familiarity with research areas and approaches. It also
    provides students with an opportunity to plan and develop an individual
    research strategy suitable for a Master's dissertation.

    Topics studied include a variety of research methods and processes,
    general components of surveys and field studies, issues in problem
    analysis, topical research sources, and the requirements of a dissertation.

    This module examines modern computing architectures suitable for the
    development of large-scale, web based applications. It discusses the
    main concepts and technologies used in the development of such
    applications. Practical skills are developed in the engineering of web
    software platforms.

    Topics studied include hardware and software components, architectures
    for web appoications(client-server, peer to peer, 3-tier, n-tier, etc), data
    formats, XML based data languages, client and server side developments
    and optimisation techniques.

    This module develops an understanding of global distributed multimedia
    systems and skills in the development of such systems and supporting
    networks. It also examines current issues and research aspects in
    multimedia networking.

    Topics studied include networking technologies for distributed
    multimedia support, multimedia protocols, end to end system design
    techniques, Quality of Service and multimedia scheduling, performance
    issues and current internetworking solutions.

    This module offers an advanced understanding of the theory and practice
    of building wireless networks and an in-depth study of the requirements
    of wireless communications as well as current research topics in the
    field. Students will be exposed to a range of technologies that support
    the wireless communication and networking of devices in a variety of

    Topics studied include applications and architecture for wireless systems,
    wireless communications technologies, types of wireless networks and
    systems, networked appliances and middleware for wireless

    This module is intended for post-graduate students interested in the field
    of forensic computing. The purpose of the module is to provide the
    fundamental technical concepts and research issues essential for
    computer forensic investigations within the organisation, law
    enforcement or national security.

    DATABASE DESIGN ANDTECHNOLOGY allows students to gain skills in
    the development of database applications and to acquire an
    understanding of advanced databases.

    COMPUTER NETWORKS enables students to develop effective network
    architectures at hardware and software levels and to gain practical
    experience in communication protocols.

    COMPUTER SECURITY develops an understanding of security threats
    and vulnerabilities, and assesses the applicability of various techniques
    for system protection.

    SOFTWARE AGENTS offers an understanding of the mobile agent
    paradigm and investigates the application of mobile agent systems to real
    world problems.

    MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGY offers an understanding and critical
    evaluation of the current hardware for sound and video, and relevant
    software development tools for supporting the development of general
    integrated multimedia applications.

    MULTIMEDIA SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT offers understanding and skills
    in multimedia programming and design, and introduces recent
    developments in the subject area.

    UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING provides an understanding of contemporary
    research in the research topics that make up the fields of
    pervasive/ubiquitous computing.

    SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT-JAVA develops the skills needed for the
    design and implementation of object-oriented applications using the Java
    programming language.

    HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION provides students with design
    principles of user interfaces and multimedia techniques for building
    systems with good interactivity and usability.

    MULTIMEDIA DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP provides students with
    opportunities to apply analysis and modelling techniques and associated
    tools to develop interactive multimedia applications.

    MULTIMEDIA DATABASE SYSTEMS examines the characteristics of
    multimedia data, the current trends in multimedia database systems, and
    the corresponding research issues.

    ADVANCED MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGY This module offers a further
    understanding of multimedia systems, development of their relevant
    components, the need for synchronisation between various media types
    and the techniques for achieving it.

    MOBILE COMPUTING offers an advanced understanding of the theory
    and practice of mobile computing and an in-depth study of devices,
    applications and middleware services for support of mobile systems

    offers an understanding of various securities
    vulnerabilities and threats in computer networks and the importance of
    network security. It develops the ability to carry out critical assessment
    of a variety of security technologies for protection of computer networks.

    offers the opportunity to apply knowledge
    from a wide range of computing areas to the building of Networked
    Appliances systems. It discuss how wireless networking technologies,
    HCI principles and computer security can be adapted and/or applied.

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