Information Technology with Network Management

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PgCert | PgDip | MSc Information Technology with Network Management
This course provides an opportunity for candidates wishing to formalise their existing IT experience with a qualification, and for graduates of non-computing disciplines to develop the specialist skills to transition into an exciting career in computing with a specialism in network management, taught by Cisco-accredited trainers.

The course will provide you with the core computing and computer networking knowledge and skills required to work within a technical IT environment.

Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, undertaken in state-of-the-art facilities, using tools and techniques to allow you to match software solutions to the needs of businesses.

This practical element will enhance your theoretical understanding by developing real-world problem-solving skills; enhancing your employability as a graduate.

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
17 months

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
28 months

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
33 months

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
32 months

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
36 months

The course is designed to provide the core knowledge and skills required to work in industry, using network configuration, analysis, troubleshooting and diagnosis tools as well as software development tools and techniques.

You will learn how to design, implement and manage computer networks, as well as develop software, database systems, and web applications. The core technical content of the course is directed towards the study of modern tools and techniques in the fields of network routing and switching, wireless networks, software development, database systems and web programming. You will learn to use modern software tools and environments, allowing you to match these to the needs of commerce and industry using appropriate development methodology to provide high quality software solutions.

Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical understanding by developing real-world problem solving skills and gaining practical experience.

You will acquire the research and development skills required to undertake a sustained piece of network management or software development project work.

 
Detailed module information
Part-time September start students
  • A) Part-time September start students who would like to work on their project during the summer start their project in May of their second year and complete in December of their third year. (Approximately 28 months)
  • B) Part-time September start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer start their project in September of their third year and complete in May that year.  (Approximately 33 months)
Part-time January start students
  • C) Part-time January start students who would like to work on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year complete their project in August that year. (Approximately 32 months)
  • D) Part-time January start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year, have a break during the summer semester and continue their project September-December that year. (Approximately 36 months)

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and external speakers, supported through our online virtual learning environment affording access to a wide variety of resources and support materials.

You will work on a group project designed to simulate a number of industry-relevant challenges and develop team-working skills. You will also undertake a substantial individual project allowing you to extend and focus skills on a topic of particular interest.

Activity Summary
  • Lectures - 25 students per group, 7 hours per week (Semester 1)
  • Lectures - 25 students per group, 6 hours per week (Semester 2)
  • Project Supervision - 1 students per group, 1 hour per week (Semester 3)
  • Practical class or workshop - 25 students per group, 10 hours per week (Semester 1)
  • Practical class or workshop - 25 students per group, 9 hours per week (Semester 2)
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group, 25 hours per week (Semester 1)
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group, 39 hours per week (Semester 3) 
Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 5 written exams, typically for 3 hours
  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 2 reports
  • 2 dissertations
  • 2 project outputs
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 7 practical skills assessments
  • 1 group critique
Feedback

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

Independent Study

A significant portion of this courses is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.

Staff Delivering on This Course

Our staff members feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union. Recently we have been awarded two Lecturer of the Year awards and an award for Continued Excellence.

Many of our academic staff are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or are working towards this accolade. This is a professional recognition of practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

Staff on this course could also include: visiting lecturers, visiting Distinguished Researchers, library staff and industry experts and postgraduate researchers.

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.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

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

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

 
Placements

Students have the option to seek a short placement. However, permission to undertake a placement is at the discretion of the School and is not guaranteed.

PLACEMENT OFFICE

Job Prospects

The course prepares you for a career in information and network security. Job openings include: IT security engineer, information and data security analyst, network manager, IT security developer, IT risk and fraud specialist and e-business security analyst.

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 BP, British Geological Survey, Wood Group PSN, Accenture, WIPRO and many Aberdeen-based software development companies.

The course also prepares students for research careers by providing the skills necessary of an effective researcher. Suitable MSc graduates may continue to PhD programmes within the school.

CAREERS

 
  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any NON-Computing discipline.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements

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

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

International Students 

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

ICRGU - INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

 
For Academic Year 2018/2019

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £5,500

Part-time

  • £2,750 for year 1
  • £2,750 for year 2
  • No fee for year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750

Part-time

  • £2,530 for year 1
  • £2,530 for year 2
  • £1,690 for year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,200

Part-time

  • £4,950 for year 1
  • £4,950 for year 2
  • £3,300 for year 3
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £5,500

Part-time

  • £2,750 for year 1
  • £2,750 for year 2
  • No fee for year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750

Part-time

  • £2,750 for year 1
  • £2,750 for year 2
  • £1,250 for year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,590

Part-time

  • £5,100 for year 1
  • £5,100 for year 2
  • £3,390 for year 3
 

 

Additional Costs

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

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • £320 for optional short placement

OTHER FEES AND CHARGES

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

ALUMNI DISCOUNT

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Postgraduate Students' Funding

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

DISCLAIMER

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

 

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

Accreditation

Accredited by the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
 
 

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