What is Computer Networking?
There is hardly a computer today which is not connected to a network; most computers are now connected to the Internet or on a Local Area Network (LAN) at home or in the workplace. Essentially, computer networking is about how computers are connected to each other, how they exchange or transfer data and information from one place to another and how organisations use computers to successfully implement their strategic goals. Computer networks and the Internet are changing the way we live, work, play, and learn.
This programme successfully prepares graduates for computer networking and IT related jobs in the public and private sectors, as well as for higher education in engineering, computer science, and other related fields. The BSc (Hons) Computer Networks is a complete program based on the principles and practice of designing, building, and maintaining networks capable of supporting national and global organizations. This programme emphasises the balanced development of analytical, managerial, and leadership skills in order to open long-term career options for students. The programme features a blend of theoretical and practical hands-on topics and issues. It is project-driven in providing training to meet the job skills which are in high demand. The curriculum of the module is a discipline associated with implementing, operating, and continuously improving networks of machines from the very simple to the more complex networks. The program encourages research and problem solving skills, while providing services to the public, business, and industrial sectors. The programme concentrates on networking concepts and is designed to prepare students for technical and management careers in business and industry.
Aims of the Programme
- The aim of the programme is to provide a learning environment that allows students to:
- Develop skills in analysis, design, implementation and evaluation appropriate to their chosen programme.
- Become proficient in relevant technical skills.
- Be aware of trends and new developments.
- Be able to learn and work both individually within groups.
- Develop effective communication skills.
- Produce work of a professional standard.
- Be equipped to pursue further study.
- Be aware of the legal, social, ethical and professional issues in information systems and related areas.
Objectives of the Programme
- To enable students to acquire knowledge of modern techniques, protocols, software tools and applications across the area of computer networks.
- To allow students to develop the ability to use a wide range of techniques and methodologies and to critically compare and evaluate distributed systems.
- To provide students with an understanding of and the ability to undertake the planning, structuring, development and presentation of a networked development project.
- To enable students to contribute to the production of a security policy for an organization, with reference to the impact of network security breaches on organizations and business matters.