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The Computer Networks masters course covers both day-to-day network operations and strategic network planning to establish the essential knowledge needed by professionals to design, upgrade and manage computer communications systems. You will learn methods for continually appraising a communication system, in light of business objectives and technological developments. You will improve your programming skills and make a functional and technical design of a communication system based on project goals, company standards and quality systems.
The Computer Networks masters focuses on design and implementation and is ideal if you have a technical background. There is an emphasis on professional and project skills to assist your step into industry.
This course is available both full-time and part-time.
Assessment is a combination of assignments, laboratory work, projects and written and oral examinations. For your postgraduate project you design and implement a complete system for upgrading communication systems and providing network management solutions.
* Computer Networks, Wireless and Mobile Communications Systems (30 Credits)
Computer network technology enables a vast range of significant activity: business competitiveness, national security, personal communications to name but a few. This module will establish an understanding of the operation, capabilities, security issues affecting network and Internet communications, business use of computer networks and the various ways in which these factors interact with each other.
On successful completion of this module, you will come to appreciate the operation of a variety of types of current networks and a single framework will be used to analyse, design and construct networks capable of providing the right connectivity and performance needed by specific applications. In particular, you will understand the principal technical aspects of underlying computer network operation, their capabilities, security threats to networks and a range of countermeasures that can be taken to mitigate these. You will be able to analyse and evaluate specific networks for a range of applications and are provided the opportunity for developing commercially viable network applications.
* Network Design, Modelling and Simulation (30 Credits)
This module aims at teaching students how to evaluate a network situation and to help them to identify the most important network aspects that need to be monitored and analysed. This is done through the introduction of a methodological approach to network design.
The module also introduces the concepts of network simulation, modeling and analyses and examines the techniques facilitating such work. It provides students with the appreciation of the design and development simulation software as appropriate models to evaluate the performance of transmission systems, computer networks and manufacturing systems
* Network Security: Protocols and Standards (30 Credits)
This module covers the concepts and critical issues of network security with emphasis on standards, protocols and applications. It aims at providing students with an understanding of network security technologies, algorithms and protocols. It will also provide an understanding of the design criteria in cryptography and data security as well as developing basic system analysis and solution synthesis
* Network Systems and Services (30 Credits)
This module looks at the design, implementation and maintenance of network systems and services. It examines concepts such as a network operating system and explores networking paradigms including socket and thread-based programming, Remote Procedure Calls (RPC), CORBA and Java RMI. It also explores the design and implementation of Global Services such as Web Servers. The course concludes by looking at new developments in networking including Network Processors, Blade Servers and Grid Computing
* Postgraduate Project in Computer Communications (60 Credits)
This project would give the student the opportunity to use a combination of general and specialist computer communications knowledge and understanding to apply an existing or emerging technology to the solution of a practical problem. Or to contribute and extend the theoretical understanding of new and advancing technology and its application. The project will also give students the opportunity to demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
The work undertaken must be: ¿ Independent ¿ shaped largely by one¿s own decisions and preferences ¿ Complete ¿ accomplished from conception to delivery, via all stages in between ¿ Technically competent ¿ employing techniques and exploiting knowledge gained during earlier parts of the programme ¿ Supervised ¿ working under the guidance (but not instruction) of a member of academic staff ¿ Academically sound ¿ taking critical account of current knowledge and methods in the chosen specialist area ¿ Demonstrate an understanding of the legal, social, ethical and professional issues in the context of computer communications ¿ comply with appropriate professional code of conduct recognising their obligation to society and their profession and to the environment