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Bradford College

Computer Networks and Systems Support

UCAS Code: I120

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

English and Mathematics at grade C/4 minimum. Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy accepted as equivalent.

UCAS Tariff

72

Preferably to include an ICT qualification at Level 3.

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time day | 2020

Subject

Computer networks

Our innovative course combines the study of systems support with networking, and therefore aims to provide you not only with a core set of technical skills, but the knowledge of technology to best utilise them. We also aim to prepare you for the competitive computing industry by training you in a range of vendors, which is increasingly sought after in the sector. At Level 4, you will learn the principles that form a comprehensive knowledge of the development and support of networked computer system, through a combination of practical work and the theory that underpins it. The mix of concept, theory and practice lays a foundation for you to independently consider and develop computer networks and support systems, later in the course and in employment.

At Level 5, you will begin to focus on planning, developing and implementing solutions; you will use problem solving skills, as well as demonstrate where existing theories have been provided as solutions. Through group work, you will also build on your project management, organisational and time-management skills that are vital for level 6 and employment.

Level 6 develops existing skills to an advanced level, and culminates in an individual final project which will showcase your technical skills and professional execution. You will have the freedom to specialise in a preferred area of study, which your Final Year Project will be based around. We also place particular emphasis on employment in the field, and your accumulative body of work will be brought together to form a portfolio to showcase to potential employers.

Modules

Level 4 modules will include: • Operating Systems, Hardware and Maintenance • Introduction to Networks and Computer Security • Introduction to Systems Support • Networking Architecture, Standards and Addressing Schemes • Supporting Operating Systems • Emerging Technologies Level 5 modules will include: • Configuring and Maintaining Routing Environments • Desktop Support Technician • Helpdesk Management • Enterprise Routing and Switching • Systems Security • Project Management for IT Level 6 modules will include: • Designing and Supporting Enterprise Networks • Server Configuration and Administration • Advanced Network Design and Testing • Employability Skills for Computer Graduates • Final Year Project

Assessment methods

The course uses a wide range of learning methods with a focus on practical workshops. These are designed to allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in a supportive environment. Additionally, although contact hours are tutor and group-based, independent learning is increasingly developed throughout the course, and actively encouraged for your personal development; use of problem-based exercises and relevant scenarios aid this process. Concepts and theories that are presented through lectures are then explored and developed during tutor led tutorials and student led seminars. Case studies and interactive Workshops are also implemented to aid learning, and there is a strong focus on Personal Development Planning, which aims to prepare you for employment and consider ethical, social and legal issues which can face the computer professional. An annual literacy and numeracy test is also given, so that you can be offered learner specific support if needed. Assessment is centred on the practical and professional skills required by the industry, and therefore you will be specifically focusing on deriving a solution to a specified problem through researching, analysing and evaluating the issue. This creates a workload which is primarily practical, but will be substantiated through written work such as reports and essays. Group work is also used to promote transferable skills where appropriate.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£8,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£8,750
per year
Scotland
£8,750
per year
Wales
£8,750
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bradford College

Department:

School of Applied Science and Technology

TEF rating:

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