University of the West of Scotland

Undergraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/04/2020 17:30:18

Named Award Title:BSc (Hons) Computer Networking (Sandwich Available) Single

Award Title for Each Award: BSc (Hons)  Computer Networking (Sandwich Available)
BSc  Computer Networking (Sandwich Available)
Cert HE  Computer Networking
Dip HE  Computer Networking

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:British Computer Society (Paisley/Lanarkshire only)
Maximum Period of Registration:6 years (FT); 8 years (PT)
Mode of Study:Full Time
Part Time
Campus:Lanarkshire
Paisley
New College Lanarkshire (Cumbernauld)

School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Programme Leader:Duncan Thomson

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

SQA National Qualifications

BBBC @ Higher; and Maths and English at Int2


or GCE

CC @ A level plus English and Mathematics at least @ GCSE.


or SQA National Qualifications/Edexcel Foundation

An HND in an relevant computing or networking discipline with both graded units at B or higher and a satisfactory reference will normally provide entry to 3rd year of the programme.

An HNC in a relevant computing / networking discipline, with a graded unit at A, topped up to 120 credits, will normally provide access to 2nd year of the programme.


Other Required Qualifications/Experience


Further desirable skills pre-application

Students should have a basic knowledge of working with computers; students entering at advanced levels should ideally have some advanced numeracy skills (eg working with scientific notation and logarithms) and some exposure to programming


General Overview

The Internet, and networked computers and devices in general, have become a transforming force in business, entertainment, personal relationships and all aspects of life. The BSc Hons Computer Networking programme aims to instil the skills required by those who develop, implement and support these networks which underpin our modern lives.

Years 1-4 of the programme are offered at UWS Paisley and Lanarkshire campuses while year 3 is offered under collaborative arrangements with New College Lanarkshire.

The early years cover the breadth of computing, including the operation of hardware and software, databases, content authoring, and include material designed to help the student to complete the internationally recognised CCNA networking certification.

Later years focus further on operating systems within a networking environment, networking and communications theory, and specialist topics in networking such as wireless networks, security and virtualisation. The final year includes a project module allowing the student to demonstrate the range of knowledge and skills they have acquired.

As well as preparing students for CCNA certification, the Honours degree (delivered over a maximum of 6 years) is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional, and by the BCS on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

There are opportunities for both gaining a sandwich degree through a full-time placement lasting for a full academic session and a number of optional modules covering industrial placements or projects in second, degree and honours years. and a shorter part-time placement in second year.

Students with an Honours degree may continue to Masters degrees in specialisms of computing, security or telecommunications, or postgraduate research.

The teaching, learning and assessment strategy is designed to help students master the learning outcomes and also to allow them to demonstrate their highest level of competency. Many of the learning outcomes of the programme are practical in nature and a large proportion of class time is spent in computing laboratories engaging with the appropriate tools (software, hardware etc) acquiring practical knowledge and understanding through a variety of activities. The theoretical and societal/historical knowledge and understanding underpinning the subject is mainly engendered through lectures, tutorials, seminars and by individual study. In turn the practical classes reinforce the underpinning knowledge. Active learning is promoted through a number of practical assignments. A number of classes and assignments will involve problem solving through analysis, evaluation and the synthesis of a solution, the complexity of this process increasing in level from year to year. Knowledge and understanding is assessed partly through class tests and exams and also by the structure it gives to practical work assignments and by reflective practice exercises. The applied knowledge and understanding will be obtained largely through practical work both individually and in groups. Students are expected to undertake independent study both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught in formal classes. Much of the teaching is supported by the university's virtual learning environment and other online materials developed by staff. The framework provided to students for independent study develops as students become increasingly independent. In early years the students are expected to complete exercises the nature of which is well specified. As they progress through the course and develop increasing independence the nature of the tasks becomes more challenging. In each module scheduled labs and exercises enable students to monitor their own progress. The assessment methods address the full range of skills by combining coursework and exam appropriate for the outcomes being assessed. The nature of the programme ensures that ICT skills are developed in most modules. Communication skills are developed through the use of reports, presentations etc. Numeracy skills appear in many design and planning exercises. Practical work is a mix of individual and group work that develops the ability to work independently and as part of a group taking on different roles as required. Students can complete many laboratory activities off campus by installing free and open source software or remotely accessing specialist servers for particular modules. Additional hours are also allocated to the development of key learning skills and PDP (see Section 28)


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

Graduates of the programme will be Universal, Work-ready and Successful across the three dimensions, academic, personal and professional which encapsulate the breadth of the learning experience at University level. The programme aims to develop the student’s intellectual and imaginative capabilities, professional understanding and judgement, problem-solving and communications skills, and ability to work as an effective team member. The programme offers a thorough grounding in the principles of computer and network operation, including programming and operating systems, networking protocols and configuration, and develops the lifelong learning skills that students will need to stay abreast of the rapidly evolving technologies in networkingg and its related disciplines.

Personal Development Planning (PDP) within the programme is based on four strands: personal tutor support, a number of modules linked to PDP outcomes, support for development of an ePortfolio, and a number of events relating to PDP.

A personal tutor is identified for each student, and students are expected to meet with their personal tutors on a regular basis - at least once per trimester - to discuss issues relating to PDP, including progress, development goals and aspirations.

A number of modules core to the programme at each level have been identified as being strongly linked to PDP themes, and these are:

  • First year: COMP07003 The Computing Profession
  • Second year: various possibilities, depending on options
  • Third year: COMP09093 Professional Computing Practice
  • Honours year: COMP10034 Computing Honours Project

UWS provides support for development of an growing online ePortfolio through the Mahara system.  Support for this is provided through personal tutors, and a number of online guides and tutorials are also available.  Students are particularly encouraged to use Mahara to showcase their project work.

FInally, a number of events relating to PDP take place throughout the year, which may be associated with the School, campus or programme.  Events will vary from year to year, but may include, for example a regular employer networking event for Computing students run in conjuntion with the Employability Centre, the opportunity to meet and talk with past graduates from the programme, Honours year information sessions, and employer-specific events.  In addition, students have access to more individual support through both the Employability Centre staff and Effective Learning Tutors.

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

There are a range of opportunities for work-based learning within the programme, both modular-based and more extensive sandwich placement.

A thick sandwich either between L8 and L9 or between L9 and L10 where a placement of at least 36 weeks duration is undertaken on a full-time basis, leading to a sandwich award. A 40-credit, Workplace Learning module (COMP00001) must be agreed and documented according to the module descriptor for this option.

There are optional opportunities for students to take place in other work-based learning, including:

  • Second-year students may undertake either COMP08063 Work-Related Learning (Comp) or COMP08085 Work-Related Learning (Comp) (10 Credit) while undertaking a part time placement in a company in the second term
  • Third year students with an industrial partner may include an placement project as an option using the COMP09016 Placement Project: Computing module
  • Honours year students in full time employment may take either COMP10069 WBL 4 - Industrial Project (20 credit) or WRKB10001 WBL 4 - Industrial Project (40 credit) to include a project based in their place of work as part of Honours year

Engagement

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate an understanding of computer network theory and protocol operation.
A2Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and techniques of web development.
A3Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of software development.
A4Demonstrate an understanding of the internal structure and operation of computer systems.
A5Demonstrate an understanding of some key mathematical concepts underpinning computer systems

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Design and implement a simple computer network.
B2Develop and publish a web site using a range of technologies.
B3Design and implement a basic computer program.
B4Compare and contrast operating system software.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas both verbally and in writing.
C2Produce a reflective account of their learning and personal development planning.
C3Use standard PC applications to process and manipulate a variety of information and data.
C4Understand number bases, and SI units and prefixes, basic probability and elementary algebra

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Troubleshoot problems in a simple computer network.
D2Select appropriate tools and techniques for tackling a specified networking task.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Demonstrate an understanding of project management fundamentals and terminology.
E2Demonstrate an understanding of personal development and awareness of professionalism.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
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7COMP07067Professional Development in Computing10check mark  
7COMP07061Computing Systems20check mark  
7COMP07009Introduction to Web Development20check mark  
7COMP07027Introduction to Programming20check markcheck mark T1 and T2
7COMP07012CCNA1: Introduction to Networks20 check mark 
7MATH07005Mathematics for Computing10 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
COMP07027 Intro to Programming is delivered over two trimesters.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
Recommended Optional modules (choose one of the below (depending on campus) or other modules in consulation with Programme Leader)    
7COMP07013Design for Interaction20 check mark (Lanarkshire, Paisley)
7COMP07063Business Technology and Enterprise20 check mark (Paisley only)
7COMP07075Security Fundamentals20 check mark (Lanarkshire only)

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
This programme is build mostly around the 100+20 model, and the optional module is a free option - the above are recommended options only

Criteria for Progression and Award

Standard UWS progression regulations will apply.

Students who achieve 120 credits at SCQF level 7, including the core modules above, will be eligible for the exit award - Cert HE Computer Networking

Students who achieve 120 credits at SCQF level 7, but do not achieve all the core credits for the programme may be eligible for the Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) in IT.


B. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate an understanding of routing and switching in computer networks
A2Demonstrate an understanding of scalability and security of computer networks.
A3Demonstrate an understanding of operating systems concepts.
A4Demonstrate an understanding of relational database theory.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Design and implement a variety of computer networks using routers and switches.
B2Demonstrate the ability to work with subnet masks for routing and access control.
B3Perform basic operating system administration tasks.
B4Design and implement a relational database to a specification.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Utilise a database to store and retrieve information effectively.
C2Work within a command-line based operating environment.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Locate and correct problems in a computer network.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Work effectively within a team.
E2Work under instruction to configure a computer system.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
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8COMP08002Database Development20check mark  
8COMP08097CCNA2 Switching Routing & Wireless Essentials20check mark  
8COMP08074Operating Systems20check mark  
8COMP08098CCNA3 Enterpr Networks, Security & Automation20 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Direct entrants who have not completed CCNA1 previously will be directed to take COMP08093 instead of COMP08072.

Part time students may alternatively have completed the predecessor modules COMP08072 and COMP08073 instead of COMP08082 and MATH07005

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
Student MUST select one of the following modules   
8COMP08053WBL 2 - Group Project (20 point)20 check mark 
8WRKB08002WBL 2 - Work Placement (20 point)20 check mark 
Recommended option   
8COMP08068Programming for Mobile Devices20 check mark 
Direct entrant students without networking experience should take   
7COMP07012CCNA1: Introduction to Networks20check mark  
Direct entrant students without programming experience shouls take   
7COMP07027Introduction to Programming20check markcheck mark 
Other direct entrants should take   
7MATH07005Mathematics for Computing10 check mark 
8COMP08081Independent Study Project (L8 Computing)10 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
This programme is build mostly around the 100+20 model, and the final optional module is a free option - the above are recommended options only; Direct entray students: those without networking experience should select COMP07012 as the optional module; those without programming experience should take COMP07027 as the optional module; other direct entrants should select MATH07005 to solidify their mathematical knowledge, along with COMP08081.

Criteria for Progression and Award

Standard UWS progression rules will apply.

Students who achieve 240 credits, at least 90 credits at SCQF-8, including the core modules above, will be eligible for the exit award: Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Computer Networking

Students who achieve 240 credits, at least 90 credits at SCQF-8 or above, but do not achieve all the core credits for the programme may be eligible for the Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Information Technology.


C. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a critical understanding of the operation of computer networks.
A2Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the operation of a variety of operating systems.
A3Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of the theory of data communications and computer networks.
A4Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts and principles of information security

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Carry out a number of operating system administration tasks on a Windows platform.
B2Use a range of Unix system administration skills to configure a system to specified requirements
B3Plan and implement a information security management policy

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Use appropriate numerical formulae to calculate theoretical performance of computer networks.
C2Write a technical report on an aspect of computer networking.
C3Use a range of software appropriate to the field of computer networking.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Draw on an appropriate range of sources to find answers to networking problems.
D2Evaluate a number of solutions to a problem, selecting the most suitable based on appropriate criteria.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Work effectively within a group to design and implement elements of computer networks.
E2Demonstrate awareness of current professional issues in computer networks.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
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9COMP09093Professional Computing Practice10check markcheck mark Normally in T1
9COMP09089Windows Server Administration20check mark  
9COMP09024Unix System Administration20check mark  
9COMP09022Data Communications and Networks20 check mark 
9COMP09086Information Security Management20 check mark 
9COMP09092Research Methods in Computing10check markcheck mark can be taken in either term

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
Student should choose a further module from one of the following options, or a free option in consultation with the Programme Leader   
9COMP09006Web Site Development20check mark  Recommended for continuing students
8COMP08068Programming for Mobile Devices20 check mark 
7COMP07012CCNA1: Introduction to Networks20check markcheck mark Only for direct entrants
8COMP08097CCNA2 Switching Routing & Wireless Essentials20check mark  Only for direct entrants
8COMP08098CCNA3 Enterpr Networks, Security & Automation20 check mark Only for direct entrants
7COMP07027Introduction to Programming20check markcheck mark Runs across T1/T2: only for diirect entrants
8COMP08002Database Development20check mark  Only for direct entrants
9WRKB09002WBL 3 - Work-Based Project (20 point)20check mark  Only available for students with an agreed project placement

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Option may be taken in either T1, T2 or both (for long thin modules)
Direct entrants who have not previously studied CCENT or CCNA should take COMP07012
Direct entrants without programming experience should take COMP07027
Placement project module can only be taken by students with a prearranged project
Direct entrants who have partially completed the CCNA previously may chose COMP08097 or COMP08098.

Criteria for Progression and Award

Standard UWS progression regulations will apply. In particular, students may not progress to the Honours level of the programme until they have met the requirements for BSc.

Students who have completed 360 credits, including at least 190 at SCQF-8 or above, and at least 100 credits at SCQF-9, including the core modules above will be eligible for the award: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Networking

Students who achieve 360 credits (including at least 180 credits at SCQF-8 or above and at least 90 credits at SCQF-9), but do not achieve all the core credits for the programme may be eligible for the Bachelor of Science (BSc) in IT.

To be eligible for the award of a sandwich degree, a candidate must have satisfied the requirements for the award of the BSc Computer Networking and have accumulated 36 weeks of appropriate industrial placement experience via the COMP00001 module.

Progression to SCQF Level 10 is subject to academic advice, to module prerequisites and to timetable constraints.


D. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a specialism of computer networking.
A2Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of virtualisation.
A3Demonstrate a critical understanding of network management protocols and tools.
A4Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the theory of radio-based computer networks.
A5Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of computer and network security.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Carry out a practical investigation of network operation using a range of skills and techniques.
B2Design, configure and evaluate a secure computer network.
B3Design, configure and evaluate radio-based communication networks.
B4Configure a computer network to meet requirements using unfamiliar components.
B5Automate an aspect of network configuration or operation.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Prepare and deliver a technical presentation in a specialism of computer networking.
C2Write a technical report for a professional audience on a specialism of computer networking.
C3Use a range of software to support and develop work.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Carry out a critical review of previous work in the specialism of computer networking.
D2Make judgements based on limited or biased information.
D3Identify the most important criteria when evaluating solutions to problems.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Work autonomously to near-professional standard according to an agreed specification.
E2Work effectively under guidance in a peer relationship with qualified practitioners.
E3Demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on work based on experience and professional standards.
E4Work effectively in a group to solve complex networking problems.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
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10COMP10034Computing Honours Project40check markcheck mark 
Students MUST choose 80 credits from the following modules   
10COMP10064Virtualisation20check mark  
10COMP10014Network Security20check mark  
10COMP10070Network Management, Monitoring and Automation20 check mark 
10COMP10023Wireless Networking20 check mark 
10WRKB10002WBL 4 - Industrial Project (20 Point)20check markcheck mark 
10WRKB10001WBL 4 - Industrial Project (40 Point)40check markcheck mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
All students MUST complete the Computing Honours Project.

Industrial project modules are ONLY available to students completing their degree in industry, after taking academic advice. This is in addition to the Computing Honours Project.

Students may not take both WBL modules.

Students taking a WBL module must ensure that all programme learning outcomes are met across their taught and project modules.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Award

Students who have completed 480 credits, including at least 300 at SCQF-8 or above, at least, at least 210 at SCQF-9 or above, and at least 120 at SCQF-10 including core modules as outlined above, will be eligible for the award: BSc (Hons) Computer Networking

Students who achieve 480 credits (including at least 270 at SCQF-8 or above, at least 180 at SCQF-9 or above, and at least 90 at SCQF-10 or above) but do not achieve all the core credits for the programme may be eligible for the BSc (Hons) in IT.

To be eligible for the award of a sandwich degree, a candidate must have satisfied the requirements for the award of the BSc (Hons) Computer Networking and have accumulated 36 weeks of appropriate industrial placement experience.

Part time students may have completed the module COMP10026 Data and Computer Communications instead of any of the above 20 credit modules.


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework.

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.

Combined Studies

There may be instances where a student has been unsuccessful in meeting the award criteria for the named award and for other more generic named awards existing within the School. Provided that they have met the credit requirements in line with the SCQF credit minima (please see Regulation 1.21), they will be eligible for an exit award of CertHE / DipHE or BA / BSc in Combined Studies.

For students studying BA, BAcc, or BD awards the award will be BA Combined Studies.

For students studying BEng or BSc awards, the award will be BSc Combined Studies.



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