Computing (Computer Networks Engineering) BEng (Hons)
3 years full time
4-6 years part time
Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
Full Time: £13,000
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Our specialist Computer Networks Engineering degree gives you the technical understanding of computer networking, wireless and advanced network technologies, artificial intelligence design, data communications, mobile computing and multimedia technologies, while also learning their relevance to industry and commerce. This degree develops your independent thinking and flexibility within computer networking, mobile applications programming and the communications sector of computing.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
Computer Networks play an important role in today’s society and there is a growing demand for reliable, interactive computer networks. The industry impacts people’s daily lives, from home to big industries, all around the world. You will investigate the wide reaching influences that computers and computing technology has on the world, whilst also making your own contributions to help you find your place within the industry.
During your first year you will share common modules with all computing students, giving you the flexibility in your second and third year. These modules will cover the fundamental computing principles including computer systems, software engineering, problem solving, programming and internet technology.
In year two and three, you will specialise on computer networks, modern networks, networking planning and programming, as well as mobile computing. You will also have the opportunity to achieve CiscoTM, CCNA and CCNA security certificates and work on a group project. In your second year you will work on and group project and an individual dissertation in your final year.
Computer Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1014Status: CompulsoryThis module provides basic knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer system. Modern computer systems not only consist of just the computer but also include a range of peripherals. The module gives an overview of all the important concepts in preparation for a deeper study of computer systems.Learning environments are offered to enable students to gain a basic comprehension understanding and appreciation of computer system concepts and technologies and the skills to use them to the best effect
Computer Communications (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1017Status: CompulsoryThis module provides basic knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer communication. Modern computer network not only consist of just the computer but also include a range of network devices. The module gives: an overview of all the important concepts in preparation for a deeper study of computer communication; appropriate practical skills related to computer networking; a comprehensive and broad understanding of the theory of computer networking.
Web Development (20 Credits)
Software Engineering 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1019Status: CompulsoryThe module will introduce students to the Software Engineering lifecycle. Focusing on: investigating a problem domain eliciting software requirements preparing a requirement specification document performing system design and presenting them to clients; introduce students to the skills principles and concepts necessary to implement solutions; use of a high level programming language to implement algorithms; a late-objects approach will be adopted to teach programming.
Problem Solving and Programming (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1020Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this module is to: introduce students to the skills principles and concepts necessary to solve problems in computing; to develop essential skills to enable the solution of these problems with the construction of appropriate algorithms and a computer program; introduce principles underlying the design of a high level programming language (HLPL); gain experience and confidence in the use of a HLPL to implement algorithms; implement HLPL programs using an appropriate programming language e.g. Java; introduce an object-oriented language initially as a non-object language.
Databases 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1026Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?to understand and apply the principles of database integrity in the design and practical development of database structures.Databases 1 is a hands-on module that applies data modelling techniques to establish modify and maintain database integrity and data structures and associated components such as entities relationships and attribute definitions.
- Computer Systems (20 Credits)
Computer Networks (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2001Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide students a thorough understanding of the basic principles of communication networks architectural design and the fundamental communication protocols and the day-by-day network management. The module employs modern teaching simulation tool and hands on a fully equipped network lab.
Operating Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2002Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is designed to give an understanding of the theory application structure and design principles of operating systems. This module requires a significant practical element delivered as formal laboratory sessions.
Module code: CSY2026Status: Compulsory
Group Project (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2027Status: CompulsoryThe module is designed to develop higher order intellectual skills (problem solving) and appropriate personal qualities including team working. Each group will develop and document effective robust and high quality computing systems to a professional standard in response to a supplied specification of requirements. Each student's contribution to the team effort will be the subject of peer assessment moderation.
Web Programming (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2028Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this (Level 5) module is to: give students and understanding of the conceps and technologies of web based server side technologies; teache students to use up-to-date programming techniques to design and develop coherent server side software for websites with added security functionality and usability; design software focusing on the processing of information on the web server; develop real server side applications.
Databases 2 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2038Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?To develop the fundamental concepts and skills of Entity Relational Models (ERMs) and Structured Query Language (SQL). It focuses on the key areas of extended-relational databases; user-defined types their practical creation application along with valuable data extraction methods to provide intelligence. Database programming (PL/SQL) is introduced. The module employs industry standard software to achieve the maximum economic saleability.
- Computer Networks (20 Credits)
Wireless and Advanced Network Technologies (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3021Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the communication principles and security aspects of the Internet along side the understanding of the modern medium / large enterpise networks. Students will also get familiar with the main aspects and technologies of wireless communication engineering.
Cybersecurity and Cryptography (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3023Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to build upon concepts and skills introduced in the first and second year modules and address the issues of effective Cybersecurity. Recognizing the rapidly growing in importance of this area the module aims to provide the student with the necessary practical skills and theoretical understanding of the technologies used to secure communications and protect the privacy of users within an online environment.
Artificial Intelligence Techniques (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3025Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?To teach students the fundamental theory and practical applications of: knowledge-based systems artificial neural networks and evolutionary algorithms. The underpinning concepts will be introduced followed by examples of how intelligent systems are used in engineering or games applications.
Mobile Computing (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3029Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to understand modern mobile computing in terms of its hardware and software and the networks that support mobile devices as well as to implement software to run in a mobile computing context.
Computing Dissertation (40 Credits)
Module code: CSY4010Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of the project module is to: provide the opportunity for the student to undertake research and self-management of a Computing related problem that permits the integration of the main areas of study in the student?s chosen pathway specialism. The module also permits the development of higher order intellectual skills a professional approach and appropriate personal qualities that are required for independent working in a research or development environment. It is considered important that the project should not merely be a direct application of existing knowledge but that it should also encompass at least in part the need to acquire and apply development techniques hitherto unknown to the student.
- Wireless and Advanced Network Technologies (20 Credits)
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer could be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. Applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C or above. We welcome international applicants and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
for study at undergraduate level.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
- IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BEng rate)
- International – Full Time: £13,000
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BEng rate)
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry
20/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
- UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
- UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750
- International – Full Time: £12,900
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
How will I be taught on Computing (Computer Networks Engineering) BEng (Hons)?
You will be taught through a variety of activities and problem solving challenges, so that you can apply your theoretical knowledge. Being able to analyse problems, implement statistical methods, research solutions and apply them in new ways are all skills that are highly valued in the computing industry. When you finish this course you will be an independent thinker, capable of tackling challenges and diverse tasks.
How will I be assessed?
A wide range of assessment tools are used including essays, reports and end of year examinations.
Are there any specialist facilities and features?
- Acquisition of highly relevant vocational skills – CISCO, Microprocessors, O-O Programming, Prince2
- Exciting career opportunities: GE, HMGCC
- Up-to-date workstation hardware and software in dedicated laboratories
- Exclusive 24/7 access to a specialist laboratory
- An emphasis on practical learning to reinforce academic underpinnings in specialist laboratories – Robots.
- A supportive approach to tuition with small classroom and laboratory sizes.
- Student Support Initiative – Year 2 students mentor Year 1 students.
- Computing Society – the largest Student Union’s Society
Careers and Employability
This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work in a range of roles. Our graduates have gone onto working with employers such as Microsoft, IBM, Barclaycard and Network Rail. Commonly, they work in the following job roles:
- computer systems hardware development
- computer networking
- software development
- internet technology