Network Engineering (Systems Administration) - Foundation Degree (Subject to Validation)
Course Code: IH1HE07
UCAS Code: GH46
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Recent years have witnessed the emergence of a technical skills gap in the IT industry, caused by the marked lack of appropriate higher level qualifications. The BSc (Hons) and Foundation Degree programmes in Network Engineering (Systems Administration) aim to redress the balance. They provide students with a trusted route through to their chosen career and employers with the technical experts needed to positively impact their business. A winning combination of technical and transferable skills equips graduates to take up positions as technicians, senior administrators or managers within the IT and related industries. The CISCO-specific content of the course enhances graduates’ employability further.
96 UCAS points from any level 3 Computing/IT, Computer Science or Technology Qualification. Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.
Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.
Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.
|Assessment Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Level 4 Modules
|Network Programming and Scripting||IH4MD021||20||Mandatory|
|Intro to Routing and Switching||IH4MD022||20||Mandatory|
|Intro to Systems Security||IH4MD023||20||Mandatory|
|Network Disaster Recovery||IH4MD024||20||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Academic Study Comp Sci Eng||IH4MD056||20||Mandatory|
Level 5 Modules
|Work Based Placement Learning||IH5MD018||20||Mandatory|
|Virtualisation and Cloud Computing||IH5MD021||20||Mandatory|
|Systems Configuration and Management||IH5MD025||20||Mandatory|
|Enterprise Networking Technologies||IH5MD026||20||Mandatory|
|Work Based Research Project||IH5MD050||20||Optional|
Teaching and Learning Methods
Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.
Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.
Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.
|Learning Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
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