Computer Networks BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
I122
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2018, September 2019
Recognised
Yes

Overview

From the Internet to cloud computing, social networking, and multimedia streaming, computer networks play a vital role in all aspects of business, government and public services.

On this professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Computer Networks degree course, you’ll learn to develop and manage sophisticated computer networks solutions and get hands on with the latest technologies to make a mark on the future of the industry. You’ll also have the option to join our Cisco Networking Academy to add an industry-recognised Cisco certification to your degree.

With the current shortage of networking and IT professionals, your skill set will be in high demand across many sectors when you graduate, opening doors to careers in roles such as network architect, consultant and developer. You’ll also be able to apply for Incorporated Engineer status and progress to Chartered Engineer status with further study and experience.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Configure, manage and experiment with different network technologies and learn various programming and scripting languages, such as Javascript, PHP and PowerShell
  • Use network analysis tools such as OPNET and Wireshark
  • Use our bespoke network laboratory with in-lab and remote access to over 250 servers in a data-centre environment
  • Be challenged to put what you learn in the classroom to work, taking on practical network design projects that are linked to your studies
  • Join our Cisco Networking Academy to work towards obtaining industry-recognised certifications, such as CCNA or CCNP
  • Take optional units to tailor your degree to specific interests, like management, security, big data, Internet of Things, or business and innovation

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job with your freshly developed networking skills, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and enhance your CV.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional placement year to develop your computer networking skills in the workplace and get industry experience and contacts.

Previous students have done placements at organisations such as:

  • MDI Networks
  • National Air Traffic Services
  • Etherlive
  • UKCloud

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you could work in many industries, for example:

  • consumer and professional electronics
  • pharmaceuticals and health care
  • defence
  • broadcasting and telecommunications
  • IT development and consulting
  • banking and finance

Graduates from this course have gone on to work for well-known companies such as:

  • Cisco
  • IBM
  • HP
  • Microsoft
  • KPMG
  • PWC
  • BAE Systems
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Barclays

Our Employability and Careers service will be on hand throughout your studies and for up to 5 years after you graduate to give you help and support with finding a job and developing your career.

Professional accreditations

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) which means that it meets all of the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). We pay Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) student membership fees for all of our students.

This accreditation also lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the computer networks industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,100 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Concepts of Data Communication Networks
  • Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • Introduction to Algorithms and Programming
  • Scientific Principles for ICT
  • System Administration and Internetworking
  • Writing and Research in the Workplace

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Network Protocols
  • Group Design Project
  • Network Routing Architectures
  • Switched Network Architectures
  • Network Services Administration and Virtualisation

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • IWLP
  • Network Simulation and Traffic Management
  • Pervasive Network Applications

Core units in this year include:

  • Individual Project
  • Network Design
  • Network Operations and Management
  • WAN and VLAN Solutions
  • Enterprise and ISP Network Solutions

There are no optional units in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Maths and stats help

The Maths Café offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory work
  • practical work

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 29% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 71% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 23% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 77% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 18% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 82% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • technical reports and logbooks
  • written exams
  • mini projects
  • presentations
  • case studies
  • group assignments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 47% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 25% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 65% by coursework

 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

Apply

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

How to apply

Want to start this course this year?

There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

Want to start this course in 2019?

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – I122
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Contact information
  • Admissions
  • +44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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Computing
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