There are very few industries now that do not rely on computer networks and our society’s economic wellbeing depends increasingly on their continued functionality and development. This course will provide you with a systematic understanding of the field of computer networks, encompassing a range of perspectives including: the underlying principles of how they, and associated technologies, work; the way these principles are put into practice in industry-standard network products; and the practical aspects of running a mission-critical network within real organisations.
This course aims to provide you with: an appreciation of the context of modern communications and networking; a knowledge and conceptual understanding of a range of aspects of computer networking, including an awareness of relevant non-technical aspects crucial to implementation; the ability to apply knowledge and understanding in an informed way after considering a range of possible options, arguments and assumptions; the practical skills to be able to make an immediate contribution to the workplace; contact with both researchers and practitioners; the ability to become an independent learner able to adjust to (and be part of) future developments in the field.
It also places an emphasis on introducing you to a range of different software and hardware and their integrated use within a heterogeneous network infrastructure.
You will have the opportunity to complete a year-long industrial placement, which you arrange with our support, between Year 2 and 3 that aims to provide you with opportunities to apply your academic knowledge and interpersonal skills in a real-world environment, and to reflect on your own personal development and career choices. Successful completion of an industrial placement year will add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title.
Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.
|GCSE||English Language and Maths at grade C or above|
|UCAS tariff points||280 points including a numerate subject.|
|GCE A level||280 points including a numerate subject.|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM in IT related, Science or Engineering subjects|
|Scottish Highers||280 in IT-related, Science or Engineering|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||280 in IT-related, Science or Engineering|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
Please note that the GCSE requirements remain in place for candidates going through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme onto this course. Please contact Jos Hirst the Director of Admissions for further information.
We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in computer networking. You will be interested in what makes a network 'tick' and how the different elements of which it can be composed can be combined to create a whole that is fit for its intended purpose. An attention to detail and a good work ethic are important to this course particularly if you are interested in taking up the opportunity of doing an industrial placement as part of your degree.
A variety of delivery methods are adopted to achieve the intended learning outcomes. Broadly speaking, these are:
Varied assessment strategies are used and based on a module's learning outcomes:
Network professionals are responsible for developing, installing, maintaining and supporting computer communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Their goal is to ensure the smooth operation of networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers.
Network engineers may work internally as part of an organisation's IT support team or externally as part of an IT networking consultancy firm working with a number of clients.
Other job titles used to refer to this kind of work include network support, support engineer, IT support engineer, helpdesk support, network administrator, Novell support engineer, first-line support, second-line support, security engineer and network architect.
The course team has good links with industry, for example companies such as the BBC, BT, Openreach, TalkTalk, EyeWimax, Pennine Telecom and Cisco. These companies provide comment and advice on programme and module content, and engage with students on the programme through the delivery of seminars and industrial placement opportunities.
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You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
four years with placement