Throughout this course you will be exposed to real world problems, in purpose built computer labs where you can test and adapt your chosen solutions.

The course format has been designed to meet the requirements of applicants who already possess an appropriate HND, by providing a two-year top-up programme leading to an Honours degree.

Our highly skilled staff have developed the modules with just the right balance of practical and theoretical content, to ensure that when you graduate you will have the required level of knowledge to make you a valued member of any network support team. Additionally, you will gain the hands on experience to enable you to confidently provide advice and solutions to a wide range of network management and design issues.

Training for the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification is an integral part of the course with the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification being a qualification that is recognised worldwide.

Award

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

H620

Course Dates

September

Course Length

2 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Overview

Years 1 and 2 are delivered by our partner Further Education Colleges.

Year 3

You will study core network principles, protocols and advanced system administration. Many activities undertaken are project based, which will develop your project management and critical problem solving skills in network design, management and analysis.

Year 4

You will study specialist modules in systems programming, security, and enterprise design, and use your knowledge to build scalable and efficient networks. The grade that you achieve in each module this year determines your Honours classification.


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Full-time

Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Computer Ethics and Law
  • Computing Network Management
  • Operating Systems
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Scaling Networks
  • Programming For System Administrators
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Non-placement route
  • Computer Security and Cryptography
  • Wireless Networks
  • Managing A Network Group Project
    Route B - Placement route
  • Network Management Work Placement (Level 3)
  • Year 4 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Non-placement route
  • Computer Systems and Service Management
  • Computing Enterprise Network Design
  • Systems Programming And Security
    Route B - Placement route
  • Network Management Work Placement (Level 4)
    Semester 2
  • Securing Networks
  • Honours Individual Project
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Connecting Networks
  • Ethical Hacking
  • You will be taught using a combination of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, computing laboratories, workshops, seminars, practical work, industrial placement (where appropriate), integrative real-world project work, student-centred learning and private study. 

    You will study four modules each semester with each module involving around three hours of class teaching per week.  Most modules will consist of one hour of lectures delivered to the whole class, plus a further two hour laboratory taught to a small group of about 20-24 students.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 40 students per group
    • Four hours per week

    Project Supervision

    • One to one
    • Half hour per week

    Practical class or workshop

    • Approximately 20 - 24 students per group
    • Eight hours per week

    Independent study summary

    Self-directed learning skills is a key aim of the course. A 15-credit module represents 150 hours of study over the course of a Semester. Of this, roughly two-thirds will be self-study and completion of assessments. This clearly indicates the importance of self-directed learning for this course.

    Staff delivering this course

    The course is taught by a team of staff who have academic and/or industrial experience in designing and managing complex network systems to meet demanding business environments. The practical nature of the course enables you to benefit from staff experience and work with cutting edge technologies and methodologies to develop robust network systems for these demanding business environments.

    Many staff on the course have some grade of fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). As well as academic members of staff, some teaching may be undertaken by Industry experts, postgraduate research students, Library staff, Study Skills and Careers Service staff.

    Facilities

    • Customised Project Computing Labs
    • Over 250 High Specification PC’s
    • University Library

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • Two Written Exams. Average time of exam three hours
    • Two Project Outputs
    • Three Reports
    • One Dissertation

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths And Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Support

    This course does not have a year 1 or 2 as the requirements are an HND Computing: Software Development or a similar Computing with Software Development diploma award..

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3.

    Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    All applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.0. Appropriate equivalents will be considered.

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    Optional paid six or 12 month placements can be undertaken.

    You are supported by a dedicated Placements Coordinator within the school who oversees the placement module. You are also assigned a placement supervisor who carries out regular visits to placement provider and meetings with you and your employer.

    More on placements

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

    Scholarships

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,270 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,880 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,800 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £14,300 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,100 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,750 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Aberdeen is home to many multinational oil and gas companies and associated suppliers such as mainstream software houses, IT providers to major oil-related companies, specialist software consultancies, and venture capital start-ups.

    The university is involved in a number of commercial collaborations on a local, national and international scale with organisations such as Yahoo!, BP, British Geological Survey, Wood Group PSN, Accenture, WIPRO and many Aberdeen-based software development companies.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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