University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Communication Network Planning and Management

Communication systems and networks provide a means of linking people and businesses on a global scale and have become vital to modern society. Our emphasis is on understanding system-level principles and on the design and implementation of systems to meet customer requirements, rather than the detailed circuit-level design of how a communication system works.

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Course modules

This course provides a broad understanding of client-facing management techniques within the context of communication systems and networks. You will study six core topics on this course, followed by an individual project.

Here are the units you will study:

ICT Configuration and Administration: This unit aims to conceptualize and evaluate the theory, methods, and issues involved in installing, configuring and effectively managing a Unix based operating system for networking, as well as a complete virtualized environment.
Communication Systems Analysis: This unit focuses on basic principles in the analysis and design of modern communication systems, the workhorses behind the information age. It puts emphasis on the treatment of analogue communications as the necessary background for understanding digital communications.
Data Communications and Networking: The unit provides you with the required foundation and depth of knowledge to comprehensively understand the core principles of data communications and computer network.
Network Design and Management: This unit aims to introduce you to the issues, processes and tools of top-down network design and provide you with awareness of the issues and techniques involved in the management of large scale computer networks.
Mobile and Satellite Systems: The main objective of this unit is to discuss the properties and characteristics of fixed and mobile radio channels and to analyse their effects on the design of terrestrial and satellite communication systems.
Communication Security: This unit attempts to follow a systematic and rational engineering approach to help you master challenging topics such as cryptography.
Individual Project: The course ends with a four-month individual project in which you apply your knowledge to a significant communications system or network planning problem. Projects are tailored to your individual interests and may take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment:

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions in conjunction with implementing your individual project, which can often be linked with industry. In addition, you will need to spend significant time in our electronic, communications and computer laboratories as well as in private study directed by lecturers.

How are you assessed?

Assessment is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. Here's how we assess your work:

examinations,
coursework assignments,
a laboratory report,
a dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 12,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,000 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,170 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 16 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 12,500 per Year 1 (International) 16 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 16 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 16 months
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 16 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Admissions Team - Faculty of Technology
Telephone number: 
023 9284 2555