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BEng Honours Computer Communications and Networks

BEng Honours Computer Communications and Networks

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Start
September
Duration
3 years full time
Attendance
Full time
Fees
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The field of computer communications is a multi-faceted one with exciting job opportunities. By choosing our course, you will become a competent networking and computer communications practitioner who is able to design and implement safe network and computer communication systems. The course prepares you for a career in the design, operation, management and implementation of a range of computer communication systems, abilities that are in demand the world over.

Special Features

  • Multidisciplinary course.
  • Practical hands-on experiments in our modern labs will be used to illustrate the application of theory and concepts in our state-of-the-art labs.
  • You will gain practical competencies in computer communication systems and computer networks
  • Enrollment into the CISCO academy and opportunity to complete CCNA course
  • Students develop project management skills related to Engineering and computer networks projects, and have an opportunity to implement these skills in their final year project
  • Students develop a core set of transferable technical skills as well as a strong background in professional ethics.
  • Career coaching available through the Careers and Employability Service.
  • Option to transfer to London campus.

Why study BEng Honours Computer Communications and Networks?

A BEng degree is a basis for a wide range of exciting IT-based careers including network management; systems design engineering, software development, web-application development. You will be taught by experts in the field in a high-tech lab and have access to specialist equipment. Our diverse Computer Communications and Networks degree prepares you for entry into this dynamic field. The focus is on key operational and technical aspects of computer communication systems and relevant security issues, enabling you to appreciate emerging technologies.


Course Fees : AED 150,000

You will study core modules such as Computer networks, fundamentals of STEM, Data communications, Digital Communications and Systems, Mobile systems and Security. You will learn how to adopt an engineering approach to the design, implementation and evaluation of communication systems in such a way that tested products can be delivered on time and within budget. You will have the opportunity to put what you’ve learned to practical use and make valuable industry contacts.


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  • Year 1

    • Programming for Data Communication and Problem Solving (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module introduces fundamental computational concepts and programming constructs relevant to understanding and use of a range of widely used programming languages. The main aim is to provide you with the opportunity to learn to program effectively. This takes place in the context of learning to solve a range of problems arising in the context of the processing, storing and transmitting data. You will understand the role of a basic but important range of data structures and types, and their use. Several data structures of interest within CCE will be considered, for example those to represent RTP packets and associated operations on these in order that audiovisual data can be sent using transport protocols such as the UDP protocol. The concept of an algorithm is introduced early on together with the techniques for program implementation. You will be encouraged and supported in undertaking - both individually and within a small group setting - a variety of laboratory-based problem solving tasks.
    • Fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The overall aim of the module is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the theoretical understanding of inter-communicating computer systems. This is achieved through the study of relevant general mathematical and scientific principles. These principles are applied to illustrate the operation of hardware components such as logic gates, processors, controllers and data storage devices; communication channels and network concepts. The module ensures that students are suitably equipped with the theoretical underpinnings needed for the proper understanding of subsequent course modules.
    • Computer Systems Architecture and Operating Systems (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The aim of this module is to provide students with fundamental concepts and principles of computer hardware and operating systems in order to explain the structure and operation of modern computers. By taking this module, students will gain an understanding of how the computer s hardware enables it to function as a networked, multi-media machine. The module will focus on the understanding of concepts, theory and associated terminology. Practical hands-on laboratory experiments will be used to illustrate the application of theory and concepts. Consideration will also be given to likely future developments in the area of computer architecture. The development of a range of transferable skills with respect to communicating and demonstrating relevant knowledge will be encouraged and supported throughout.
    • Computer Networks (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module provides students with the basic skills needed to succeed in networking-related degree programs and also helps students develop the skills necessary to fulfil the job responsibilities of network technicians, network administrators, and network engineers. It provides a theoreticallyrich, hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet. The primary focus of this module is on learning the fundamentals of networking and on routing and routing protocols. The student will learn both the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding basic networking. The student will gain an understanding of the layered approach to networks and examine the OSI and TCP/IP layers in detail to understand their functions and services. The student will become familiar with the various network devices, network addressing schemes and the types of media used to carry data across the network. The student will develop an understanding of how a router learns about remote networks and determines the best path to those networks. This module includes both static routing and dynamic routing protocols. The student will gain a better understanding of each of the individual routing protocols and a better perspective of routing in general, learning the configuration of routing protocols, developing an understanding of the routing concepts, implementing, verifying, and troubleshooting routing operations.
  • Year 2

    • Research Methodology and Professional Project Development (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The aim of this module is to enable the students to gain knowledge of professional project management in the context of their degree and likely future profession. It will enable them to use this knowledge by participating in a real world group project which is relevant for their level of study. It will focus on all aspects of professional practise including project management. In addition the students will study ethical, legal, regulatory, organisational and business issues in order to further the student s employability within the computer and communications fields.
    • Protocols and Network Performance Simulation (30 Credits) - Compulsory
    • Digital Systems Engineering (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      Digital Systems is an exciting field within Engineering and offers the scope for developing innovative and high-performance applications in a variety of application contexts. The broad aim of this module is to provide the analytical tools, the underlying engineering and physical principles, design, test and implementation skills and understanding to allow you to construct a range of digital systems in practical applications in which such play a significant role. A specific aim is to enable you to assume an effective role as a team player in digital systems development
    • Data Communications (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module addresses the fundamental principles of electronic communication, particularly as applied to digital data. A key development in the last decade has been the seamless integration of many different data types Documents, images, speech etc on to common communications platforms. These communications platforms legacy hardwired telephone systems, wired and wireless computer networks, broadcast television, mobile phone systems, to mention a few have themselves spawned new functionality so that we are well on the way to being able to access any data/function on any device, anywhere. The main aim of the module is to provide you with an operational understanding of how current communications systems work, and specifically how we can communicate information over any distance with a high degree of accuracy and reliability. As part of this, issues of encoding data, capacity, data compression, bandwidth, security and cryptography are covered.
  • Year 3

    • Wireless LANs and Mobile Computing (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to develops a critical understanding of the principal ways in which a mobile computer, or device, can access a network through theoretical discussions and practical laboratory work. Specifically, it aims to develop an appreciation of the design, characteristics, operation, and Quality of Service issues of a WLANs and Cellular networks supporting mobility. The course focuses upon Wireless Local Area networks in the home, hotspots and business, wide area wireless communication and cellular networks as well as mobile computing. A central theme is the associated protocols including use of the Internet Protocol in mobile scenarios. The use of cellular networks e.g. 1G to 4G and beyond to interconnect mobile computing devices is explained. The module covers the theory of radio propagation and antennas related to wireless networking and mobile communications. It also addresses the application of mobile technologies to business.
    • Individual Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      Aims This module provides you with the opportunity of choosing and working on a project that reflects your interests and aims and outcomes of your programme. It should constitute a practical problem-solving project relevant to current network or communication technology. The primary aim of the module is to consolidate and deepen your understanding of material taught on your programme, to exercise professional judgement, to undertake individual research and to conduct an investigation and/or develop a product, process or application relevant to the focus of your programme. It provides you with the opportunity of engaging in significant system development, the typical output of which represents the solution of a problem akin to those that you as a fledgling professional practitioner are likely to encounter in future employment. The module intends that your choice of individual project will provide you with a significant opportunity to reflect on your learning progress and to develop your learning for life-long and career development.
    • Digital Systems: Applications (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The main aims of this module are to extend students understanding and skills acquired at Level 5 to enable the construction of systems having potentially very complex behaviour, stringent timing requirements, significant communication requirements with respect to an encapsulating, controlled device or system, and to address issues implied by requirements of productive and useful digital applications. Examples of digital systems range from encryption and compression engines, processor and signal processing cores, digital components and interfaces within mobile wireless communication devices, more familiar systems such as routers and stationary applications ranging from traffic or priority controllers to complex data gathering and processing units . Students will learn how to design and to integrate digital subsystems each fulfilling a specific set of requirements, and meeting real-life constraints for applications demanding digital functionality and how these can be rapidly prototyped using reconfigurable logic platforms. Reconfigurable digital systems have attracted significant recent attention from researchers often due to its potential to greatly enhance the performance of a wide variety of applications. The ability to perform computation in customized hardware to increase performance, while retaining much of the flexibility of a software solution permits the rapid development and test of digital systems. The module is designed to enable you to appreciate a range of engineering issues involved in the development of practical, functional systems that perform a required task.
    • Digital Communications (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      The aim of this module is to provide students with a comprehensive and advanced understanding of digital communication techniques for data and voice within communication systems. With the discussion of modern technological advances, students will be provided with detailed coverage of source coding, channel coding, baseband and bandpass digital modulation and demodulation techniques, detection theory and error analysis, spread spectrum signals and multiuser communications, wireless fading channels, and channel equalization techniques. These topics will equip students with the knowledge, skills and ability to understand, compare and critically evaluate the advantages and limitations of modern digital techniques within communication systems and wireless technologies.

Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:

  • Successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** (equivalent programmes from other Universities/Colleges/Institutes will be considered).
  • Indian Secondary School Certificates issued by the CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All State Boards may be considered: minimum grade of 55% overall
  • British A-Levels: minimum two, maximum three subjects with grades of C,C,C (three subjects) or with A*B, A A (two subjects)
  • International Baccalaureate: completion of IB diploma with good grades

GCSE (or equivalent for other education systems) English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C are required

  • UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)***  or equivalent programmes
  • Pakistani National Curriculum: completion of Year 1 at a recognised post-secondary institution (university / college). Candidates that have successfully completed FSC/HSC are admitted to the Middlesex University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Iranian Pre-University Certificate: minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Nigerian Senior School Leaving Certificate: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • West African GCE: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme 

Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes 

***** BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels).

This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office admissions@mdx.ac.ae and we will be able to advise you further.

English Language Requirements (Undergraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic

51

PearsonPTE General

Level 3


Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:

English Language

Entry Requirement

GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level English

(as a first or second language)

Grade C or Higher

CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards

Minimum grade of 70% in English

International Baccalaureate

Minimum grade 4 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)

West African/Nigerian Curriculum

WAEC/WASSCE/SSSCE 

Minimum grade “C6“


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email onadmissions@mdx.ac.ae

Our degree prepares you for a wide range of varied careers. As a graduate you will have excellent career prospects and the range of potential employers will be vast across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. There is also the potential to develop your entrepreneurship skills and establish your own business. This course opens the door to a career in computing wherever digital, mobile or network systems are involved. Recent graduates have progressed onto masters courses or have secured jobs with global companies in wireless and digital design, network design and implementation, network planning, mobile internet applications and services development. Careers include key roles as Application developer, ICT Manager, Network Engineer, Software Engineer, Systems Developer, IT project Manager.

What our students say

Mona Beirghdar-Ghoshun
BEng Computer Communication and Networks Graduate (2013)

Mona Beirghdar-Ghoshun 

"During the course I've learned how to programme in Java and VHDL for software and hardware components of systems, I can build and programme computer systems to perform tasks in the exact way I want and I regularly put my knowledge into practice with industry standard equipment available in the labs to test out our programmes and systems." 

Alexandru Paraschin
BEng Computer Communication and Networks Graduate (2013)

Alexandru Paraschin 

"For me, the best thing about the course is the practicals - I have the opportunity to put everything I have learned into practice using the latest equipment and technology. This course has allowed me to expand my knowledge of Java programming and how to programme CIP's and integrated devices at a high level. Topics that looked very challenging when I first decided to study networking, now seem pretty easy to accomplish and this makes me look forward to new challenges - luckily, there are plenty of these when studying technology."

Alumni

Middlesex graduate Damian Milkins is president and co-founder of Control Circle, a global IT services company. Watch a video of Damian discussing his time at Middlesex and his thoughts on our investment in the latest facilities and equipment.

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