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    MSc Network Management and Cloud Computing

    Managing networks has become a decisive element in contemporary corporate development and success. As the number of applications and users grow, networks become larger and more complex so as to support the concurrent increase in demand. As a result, computer networks underpin almost every aspect of modern business. Their competent management is crucial to a company's success and experts who can fulfil this role are highly sought-after.

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    • Overview - Why Sign Up?

      Network management covers a wide area, including performance, reliability, security, fault, accounting and configuration management. The MSc Computer Network Management programme has been developed to meet the growing needs of a rapidly evolving sector of industry. Because we consider practical work to be an important part of every module, our laboratories are equipped with the latest industry-standard software, including Wireshark, MATLAB, Simulink, OMNeT++, Openstack, Syslog and Cisco technology such as Packet Tracer, Hadoop and Windows Azure platform. While studying for this qualification you will also work Cisco hardware, considered the gold standard in the industry. There are also PCs, internetworking units such as hubs, switches, routers and servers, and operating systems including Microsoft Windows, and various Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora and Kali.

      Graduates of the programme will be equipped with professional and employable skills and attributes such as:

      • A rigorous theoretical knowledge and understanding of current research issues as well as detailed practical experience of network design, development, implementation, management, operations, applications, systems and services. Skills that will enable students to contribute to future developments in the field of Network design and management.
      • ability to make a critical evaluation of the theories, techniques and systems used in planning, design, implementation, security and disaster discovery of modern communication networks as well as the cloud services they support.
      • the ability to deploy and manage cloud computing solutions.
      • and the ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
    • Course Highlights

      • The Virtualisation and Cloud Computing module give students the opportunity to learn how to set up and deploy a live cloud service as part of their coursework.
      • The Enterprise Network Troubleshooting module provide students with vital hands-on experience by allowing them to configure, deploy and troubleshoot network scenarios on real-life equipment such 1941 series routers, 2960 series Layer 2 switches and 3560 Layer 3 switches. The syllabus make use the CCNP troubleshooting course materials.
      • As part of their end-of-programme project module, students can choose projects from a range of computer and network-related fields and can incorporate things like Cloud computing, AI, virtualisation, Software-defined networking (SDN), Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain…etc.
      • The programme will provide opportunities to initiate and conduct state-of-the-art research in a variety of fields.
      • Students will be able to develop the ability to create and publish scientific and research publications in internationally recognised IEEE conferences and journals.

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    What will you study on the MSc Network Management and Cloud Computing Programme?

    This course gives you an in-depth understanding of computer network design, implementation and optimisation. You will study cloud-based networks and get an insight into modern data centres and storage. More generally, you will focus on network design and construction, programming and operating systems as well as network troubleshooting in a business environment.

    • Associated Modules

      • Computer Networks and Internetworking (15cps) – Compulsory

        This module provides students with a systematic understanding of the concepts, protocols and standards for computer networks and internetworking, used in current and future communication infrastructures. It is essential in today’s market of networking to provide students with critical insights and practical experiences of essential tools used for monitoring, managing and evaluating computer networks for them to be better network managers, network administrators or network engineers with both problem solving and practical skills such as selecting and configuring appropriate protocols, network devices, and managing network design.

      • Operating Systems and Application Environment (15cps) – Compulsory

        This module focuses on the design and implementation of modern Operating Systems and Application Environments that are used to build mobile applications. The module examines key operating concepts including: processes and threads, memory management, file systems, network interfaces, inter-process communication (IPC), synchronisation, networking interfaces and socket programming.  Additionally, the module then focuses on a detailed study of key application environments including building applications using Android Studio.  Practical experience of modern Operating Systems will be provided using labs on Linux, Windows and Android.

      • Network Management (30cps) – Compulsory

        This module is designed to equip students with a systematic understanding of the concepts and standards of network management, network management protocols and tools that are used in current and future communication infrastructures. The module also provides students with critical insights and practical experiences of essential management tools of computer networks, their development and subsequent operation, monitoring and assessment. Thus, the module helps to produce network managers and network engineers with both problem solving and practical skills to be able to develop contingency plans to over critical situations.

      • Network Security and Mechanisms (15cps) – Compulsory

        This is module covers the principles and foundations of network security. It aims at providing students with security issues, technologies, algorithms and protocols used in securing computer networks and associated systems. It will also provide an understanding of possible security breaches, security risk analysis and mechanisms to protect computer and network communication systems. It also studies an in-depth review of commonly used security mechanisms and techniques, security threats and network-based attacks.

      • Virtualisation and Cloud Computing (30 credits) – Compulsory

        This module covers various issues relating to the virtualisation and could computing. it focuses on exploring and understanding modern data centres, virtualization, distributed storage, MapReduce, NoSQL, platform services, web services, and caching.

      • Enterprise Network Troubleshooting (15 credits) – Compulsory

        This module provides an in-depth, theoretical and practical overview of troubleshooting complex enterprise networks. It enables students to communicate advanced network concepts to both networking experts and non-experts and apply the techniques the students have learned to carry out projects. It focuses on producing qualified network managers, network administrators and network engineers with both problem solving and practical skills (such as selecting and configuring appropriate protocols).

      • Individual PG Project (60cps) – Compulsory

        This module is an independent piece of work shaped largely by one’s own decisions and preferences to accomplish and deliver a task via prescribed stages. The module aims to facilitate students’ understanding of designing, planning and conducting applied research. The module encourages students to apply and test theory and to contribute to applications, through enhancing students’ ability to handle data for problem solving and evaluation; to test theory using analysis and simulations, integrating the learning from other modules.

    What will you gain?

    • A rigorous theoretical knowledge and understanding of current research issues as well as detailed practical experience of network design, development, implementation, management, operations, applications, systems and services.
    • The ability to make a critical evaluation of the theories, techniques and systems used in planning, design, implementation, security and disaster discovery of modern communication networks as well as the services they support.
    • Skills required in developing research as well problem-solving techniques through practical project experience. By extending students’ knowledge and skills in a specialized area they will be prepared for careers in advanced research and/or industry.
    • The ability to involve both management and user in the process of awareness, decision and implementation with regard to Networks management and Cloud computing  as well as evaluating the security risks.
    • The ability to evaluate the performance of wired and wireless computer networks using analytical and/or simulation tools and manage the implementation of a complete communication design project.
    • Knowledge and understanding of the legal, social, ethical and professional issues related to network design and development.

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    About the MDX Mauritius Campus

    Our new campus demonstrates what can be achieved when all stakeholders share a clear vision. The concept was developed by a London architect, Graham Wilson, who also is credited for developing many of Middlesex buildings in Hendon.

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    Fees and Funding

    Course fees are subject to annual inflation. An international Admin Fee is also applicable for international students. For more details, see link to respective fees and payment plans below.

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    • Teaching and Learning

      You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of Network Management and Cloud Computing Programme.  As well as developing your practical skills in laboratory sessions, you'll attend lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, where you'll deepen your theoretical knowledge, work on activities and case studies, and develop your analytical and problem-solving skills.

      You will do research, produce written reports, give presentations and take part in group discussions and group work, supplementing all this with your own independent study. 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 will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which will 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. In addition, you can arrange one to one sessions with your personal tutor or module leader. You will also have access to and use resources to support your learning including library support, and a broad range of available software throughout your course.

      During your academic year, your weekly timetable will typically consist of: 1 hours lectures; 2 hours of bi-weekly supervised practicals and seminars; regular meetings with your end-of-programme project supervisor.

      Independent Learning

      When not attending your teaching, sessions mentioned above, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework, presentations and examinations. Your independent learning is supported by the facilities available including the library, Study Rooms and online materials accessible via MyUniHub.

      Overall Workload

      Each 30cps module involves approximately 180 hours of study and each 15 cps involves approximately 90 hours of study.  There is a notional number of approximately 1,800 hours learning hours per year on the MSc Network Management and Cloud Computing Programme. This includes attendance at lectures, tutorials, laboratory activities and study at home or in industry.  All modules on the programme are compulsory.

      Teaching Staff

      You will be taught by an experienced teaching team who possess the expertise, knowledge and experience closely aligned to the content of the modules on offer. The team includes academics, professional practitioners, and technical staff. The programme involves extensive team teaching drawing on the collective knowledge and expertise of the entire department. Most staff teaching on the programme have PhDs. Those without, besides their experience, have  the relevant professional qualifications (CCNA, LPI, CISSP…) to guide students through the programme.

    • Assessment

      Assessment is an integral part of learning and you may hear it referred to as formative or summative.

      Formative assessment is designed to give you feedback on your performance and how it can be improved.  As a result you will get detailed feedback on formative assessment but not a grade.  Formative assessment is an important part of the learning process and has been shown to help students improve both their grades and their learning style.

      Summative assessment is designed to measure the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes of a module and therefore the grade you will be awarded.  Learning outcomes are the specific skills and knowledge that you are expected to demonstrate as a result of taking a module.  Summative assessment should assess achievement of all learning outcomes in a secure, fair and accurate manner and on your programme this will mainly comprise of exams, seminar tests, lab tests, essays etc.

      Assessment may also involve self, peer or group approaches. For example, you may be asked to self-assess your own work, indicating where you feel you have clearly demonstrated your understanding and also identifying areas where can see you have room to improve.  Assessment may also be a peer process where students, individually or as groups, offer feedback on one another’s work.  Group assessment may also be part of your programme where part of the assessment requires you to demonstrate your ability to work as part of a group and possibly receive a group mark. Assessments are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback, to suit content or based on feedback from an external examiner.

      Percentage of course assessed by coursework

      The balance of assessment will depend on the modules that you complete throughout your course. It varies per module from 100% coursework on some modules, to a percentage mix of unseen exams, lab assessments and coursework on others.

      Feedback

      You will receive feedback on formative assessment and written summative assessments. Feedback on examination performance can be requested from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and progress, and you are encouraged to review and discuss your feedback with your module or personal tutor.

      We will aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of submission.

      Details of progression and pass marks for assessment can be found in the university regulations.

      Academic Support

      You will have access to academic support services that you assist you in the following areas;

      • Study Skills, including academic writing, reading and numeracy skills.
      • Employability, with workshops and tutorials on CV writing, interview and presentation skills.
      • Library Support, including sessions on finding, and choosing the right resources and software and tutorials on referencing and plagiarism.
      • Progression and Support Advisors to assist you with if you experience difficulties with your studies.

      More information on how to access these services would be provided to you at your induction.

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    How can the MSc Network and Cloud Computing Management Programme support your career?

    Equipped with a hybrid skill set, you will be able to pursue several different career pathways in a promising field of industry where business operations merge with information technologies.

    • Your career options may include:

      • Network Designer/Engineer

        Network designers (IT) create detailed design documentation for the development and integration of computer network systems to meet the needs of businesses. Network designers work in a range of occupational environments. They may work in IT-specific industries, which can be large or small, as well as other industries requiring their expertise.

      • IT Manager

        IT Managers specialise in overseeing the process of planning, executing and delegating responsibilities around an organization's information technology (IT) pursuits and goals. As networks are becoming more ubiquitous, the IT manager needs to be conversant with the latest networking technologies in order to ensure that projects are delivered smoothly on-time and on-budget with minimal unexpected stoppages in work.

      • Information Systems Manager

        An Information Systems Manager installs computer systems, ensures that backup systems operate effectively, buys hardware and software, provides the ICT technology infrastructures for an organisation, and contributes to organisational policy regarding quality standards and strategic planning. A sound knowledge and experience in networking is a must.

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