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MSc Computing


MSc Computing (Computer Networks Engineering) MSc Computing (Internet Technology and Security) MSc Computing (Software Engineering)


Who is it for?


You are a computer science graduate who has studied programming as part of your degree and who is now seeking either to develop further your broad interests in computing or to acquire specialist knowledge, skills and competences in order to enhance your career prospects in this highly sought after but competitive sector.


About the Course


Computing is now an essential part of our society’s infrastructure and is used in every aspect of the home, education, business and industry. As a consequence of our increasing use of and dependence on computers, a range of specialist areas of expertise have developed. Whilst many computing graduates who embark on a Master’s level course in computing prefer to maintain and develop their skills and expertise across a broad range of interests within the area of computing, many others prefer to follow a more specialist pathway in line with their particular interests or career aspirations. This modular programme provides the opportunity for those who have a solid grounding at Bachelor’s level to choose a pathway which meets their individual needs and aspirations.


Course Content


The general pathway provides a rounded computing education and broadly-based computing qualification. The specialist pathways provide more focused routes for students who have clearly defined career aspirations while still seeking to develop knowledge and skills in a broad range of computing disciplines. All students on the programme study six modules (core programme plus two additional modules) and undertake a project-based dissertation.


Core Programme


Modern Computer Architecture Modern Computer Architecture is concerned with the structure and behaviour of the various functional modules of the computer and how they interact to provide the processing needs of the user. In particular, this module covers computer systems ranging from PCs through to multiprocessors with respect to hardware design and instruction set architecture. This includes units and related technologies such as primary and secondary memory, caches, central processing unit (CPU) and pipelines.


Visual Object Software


This module concentrates on creating object-based solutions to software problems within a contemporary integrated development environment. It focuses on the concepts of object technology and the syntax and semantics of the underlying model while promoting good practice in software construction and testing. C# will be used in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.


Databases


Databases represent a vital resource in the vast majority of computer-based systems. Concentrating on the most common form of database, namely relational databases, this module emphasises the importance of sound design using appropriate date modelling techniques (e.g. relational modelling, entity-relationship modelling). Following the consideration of relational algebra the module focuses on the functions of a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) and the development and processing of table-based and view-based data records using Structured Query Language (SQL).


Dissertation


This module provides you with the opportunity to learn appropriate research techniques in order to carry out independent, relevant and in-depth research in a topic of specific interest.


You can select from one of the following pathways:


MSc Computing (Computer Networks Engineering)


While primarily having a technological focus, this pathway also provides an awareness of the business context and encourages development of interpersonal skills which can make a vital contribution to problem- solving in business. Being a Cisco Academy, this course also integrates the latest vendor specific curriculum, providing you with the opportunity to work towards professional qualifications such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) or Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) as part of your studies. In addition to the four compulsory modules, you will study the following two specialist modules and undertake a specialist dissertation.


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