Course Brief

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of network technology necessary to make informed selections for particular scenarios, and an in-depth understanding of network performance and the factors that influence it.The course builds upon students’ previous knowledge of networking concepts.

The aims are:

  1. To instill a thorough and practical understanding of network technologies, their operational characteristics, strengths and weaknesses.
  2. To be able to critically evaluate technologies and to compare and contrast between alternatives.
  3. To enable the student to choose the appropriate technologies and configuration to meet an organisation's needs.

  1. Compare and critique network types, protocol architectures, hardware and software components, and evaluate their pros and cons.
  2. Connect and integrate various network technologies to achieve required configurations and end-to-end systems.
  3. Evaluate behavioural aspects of networks and the ways in which network traffic and network performance interplay.
  4. Design, build and use models of networks and evaluate their performance.
  • Brief refresh of material already covered in levels 4 and 5 {communication basics, network types, data transmission, switching, multiplexing, routing, addressing, error recovery, congestion control}.
  • Layered architectures and encapsulation (OSI, TCP/IP, IEEE 802.x), standards and bodies.
  • LANs, Ethernet, FDDI, IPv4, IPv6, TCP, UDP. Wide Area Networks.
  • Wireless networks, Wireless PANs (ZigBee).
  • Application-specific network technologies (e.g. CAN).
  • Network models and their use to evaluate network performance.

Employability descriptors

Cognitive Skills – Opportunity for solving problems independently. Opportunity to make sensible assumptions in real life scenarios. Reflection on skills gained and the impact of the proposed solution. Arises through the use of sophisticated network modelling tool, in laboratory tasks and coursework.

Technical Ability – Introduce an extra niche technology or more advanced skills (practical and/or technology-based) in previous applications. Further reflection on the value of these skills for the appropriate subject/discipline arises through the use of network modelling tool in complex network scenarios – to investigate the behaviour of networks under a wide range of traffic scenarios.

  • 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.

Individual coursework submission

  • 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 Computing (General), Information Systems or Networking
    • Can be achieved in one year.
    • Comprises of four modules and one Final Project

    At SBCS we focus on -