College of Engineering and Technology

University of Derby

Advanced Computer Networks

This course provides a structured environment to develop a critical understanding of relevant, modern theories associated with practical expertise in networking technologies and applications in a wide range of contexts, preparing students for employment in the network industry. Industry-recognised CISCO Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching contents are integrated into this course. CCNA material will be provided for students without the prerequisite knowledge. The programme has been developed in consultation with leading employers and industry to ensure the content is relevant and up-to-date. Students will look at the latest developments and issues in distributed networks, as well as network management and maintenance and the methodologies and approaches used to plan, configure, and verify the implementation of complex enterprise LAN and WAN routing and switching solutions. Students will study the methods and techniques used to plan, configure and verify the implementation of complex enterprise switching and routing solutions. Students will develop a critical and in-depth awareness of the theory, methods, and issues involved in the design, development and deployment of modern wireless networks. The course will focus on secure networking systems and examine advanced concepts in ethical systems penetration, attack signature detection and mainstream host based and network based protection methods. Information governance and law is of increasing importance, therefore students will critically evaluate issues of good governance in the context of the design, deployment, operation and management of Information and information systems. The whole programme is brought together by an in-depth project through the independent scholarship module in an area of each student's choice.

Entry requirements

An appropriate Honours degree (at least 2.2) or equivalent qualifications/experience in a computing discipline. Applicants whose 1st language is not English will need to demonstrate proficiency in English (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

Course modules

Modules: studying at Master's level and research methods; network management concepts; advanced network switching; securing networks; advanced network routing; mobile and wireless routing; independent scholarship.

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed by coursework. There will be a range of coursework techniques including analytical essays, reports on lab-based problems, research paper, assignments using case studies, multi-task portfolios and presentations.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 755 per Module (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 755 per Module (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 755 per Module (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 755 per Module (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,260 per Whole course (International) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 750 per Module (Scotland) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 750 per Module (Wales) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 750 per Module (England) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 750 per Module (Northern Ireland) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kedleston Road Campus Derby DE22 1GB East Midlands

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