Course Brief

Networks are a vital part of systems infrastructure. Both businesses and society in general are increasingly reliant on high performance networks. This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and critical understanding of the operation of current networks, their limitations and the characteristics that future networks should have. It will enable students to critically discuss the key principles and practices related to the effective professional practice of a network administrator, engineer or manager.


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  1. Comprehend the principles, limitations and applications of current and future networks
  2. Critically design, analyse and evaluate different network configurations
  3. Analyse and critically evaluate the different techniques that shape the emergence of new network technologies
  4. Autonomously perform research on current networking technologies
  • TCP/IP Reference Model: Concepts and Protocols
  • Routing Algorithms and Protocols
  • Network Performance and Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Modern network performance parameters including energy consumption in networks
  • Software Defined Networks

Personal and Employability Skills
By the end of this course students will acquire the following skills:

Knowledge

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and critical understanding of the essential features, theory and operation Internet and future protocols
  • Critically understand the principles and operation of a set of protocols in the TCP/IP suite
  • Critically explain the use of network monitoring and performance tools

Cognitive skills

  • Critically analyse the operation and principles of wired communications
  • Critically discuss the key principles and practices related to the effective professional practice as a network administrator or engineer or manager.

Technical Ability

  • Critically analyse a range of network protocols
  • Design and configure networks using network simulation tools such as Riverbed Modeler (OPNET)
  • Generic Competencies (Skills for life and work)
  • Perform analysis and critically draw conclusions on specified network design and implementation scenarios on the performance of networks

Concepts will be introduced in lectures. Practical work will be through supervised laboratory sessions. Unsupervised, guided self-study will extend the amount of time students spend doing practical laboratory activities.

Coursework (50%) and Exam (50%)

  • BSc (Hons) Computing (Top-Up)

    The next intake for this offering will be in January 2020. Registration opens on August 1st, 2019 and the registration deadline is December 14th 2019.

    The University of Greenwich's BSc (Hons) Computing top-up degree with its newly developed specialisms in Computing (General), Information Systems or Networking, is structured to provide a final year top-up option to graduates of the:

    Applicants with a similar level qualification may also be eligible for the final year top-up. See our Entry Requirements tab below for more information or email us at CITE@sbcs.edu.tt 

    Highlights at a glance -

    • Allows for specializations in Information Systems or Networking
    • Can be achieved in one year.
    • Comprises of four modules and one Final Project

    At SBCS we focus on -