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:


  • 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)



    Overview of the Computing pathways


    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. To confirm your eligibility see our Entry Requirements tab below for more information or email us at 

    The next intake for this programme will be in AUGUST 2023



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    SBCS Graduates of the HND Computing: 5% off tuition; no administrative fees.

    Early Bird Discount: Register before July 08, 2023 and get 10% off your first semester tuition.


    Why pursue the BSc (Hons) Computing top-up from the University of Greenwich?

    • Can be completed in 12-18 months
    • Allows for specializations in Computing (General), Information Systems or Networking
      • Pathway Offerings are based on student enrollment
    • Comprises of four modules and one Final Project
    • Flexible payment plans are available
    • The University of Greenwich is well established and has been in existence since 1890
    • SBCS GLI has been a collaborative partner with the University for 20 years
    • Graduates can compete for some of the top jobs in the field both locally and abroad
    • Get access to a large international alumni that provides opportunities for growing your professional network


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