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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Learn from a specialist team of research-active academics who work at the forefront of the field
  • Access a wide range of specialist software and tools including dedicated Cyber Security and Forensics, Networking and Software Development laboratories in a state-of-the-art new development (from 2019)

Our three year degree provides in-depth knowledge and skills in computer networking, including routing and switching, network security, data centres and the cloud. You will learn the necessary skills to design and manage, state-of-the-art enterprise networks.

You will benefit from links to professional and industry bodies, including Cisco Networking Academy and the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

In year one you will develop fundamental core knowledge in networks and information systems. You will engage with underpinning principles of computing and networking technologies together with relevant areas of programming, mathematics, statistics and business. You will build practical experience within a dedicated Cisco networking lab which you will continue in your second year. Legal and regulatory frameworks are explored together with developing your personal and professional skills.

In year two you will engage and deepen your understanding of issues related to networking and relevant supporting technologies including security and databases. There is a strong focus on employability and you will develop an in-depth understanding of web and mobile application development. The Integrated Project module incorporates your knowledge learned in Year 1 and enables you to design, develop and evaluate a security application as part of a team.

An optional Placement Year will enhance your employability, business understanding and professional skills through a sandwich placement year.

The core of your third year focuses on distributed systems and advanced routing and switching concepts; building on the foundation of the first two years. You will develop an appreciation of the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks focusing on developing your core employability skills. The Computing Project module helps you to develop specialist skills and expertise through the undertaking of a substantial body of work.

Careers

Students will be equipped to enter a variety of cyber security graduate roles including software developer, information systems engineer and application analyst.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

Students can undertake an optional 12 month sandwich placement following successful completion at Level 5. BS3958 - Employment Experience offers students the opportunity to undertake meaningful and relevant employment experience (underpinned by the UoW Employer Engagement Strategy 2017).

Learning and Teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4): TIMETABLED TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITY*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5): TIMETABLED TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITY*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 948 hours

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6): TIMETABLED TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITY*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
Independent learning: 984 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

The University library is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

75% coursework
25% written exams
0% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

82% coursework
13% written exams
5% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

90% coursework
6% written exams
4% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2020 Entry: 104-112 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Information Systems and Organisations 15

The aim of the module is to introduce the application of information, information systems and information technologies within organisations and understand the impact of such systems on organisational performance. Students will develop an understanding of the project lifecycle focussing on the importance of the customer and will look at the process involved in creating information systems by learning how to investigate and define customer requirements and understand future needs. Undertaking this module gives students an introduction to information systems and organisations, giving them the skills to work effectively within an IS organisation on projects and giving them the base for understanding other IS modules within the degree programme.

Innovative Systems 15

Using inspirational demonstrators from both academia and industry, this module provides an overview of a range of innovative systems and applications in the fields of computer science, cyber security, psychology, social sciences, digital media and business decision making.  It will also facilitate hands-on experience on the choices and applications of innovative systems to interdisciplinary fields.  This module is suitable for students from technical programmes and from psychology, business, digital media and social sciences.

Introduction to Software Development 15

This module will introduce technical students to programming and testing concepts. Students will develop an understanding of the general principles of how programs and projects are delivered within the IT services industry and the application of the concepts of testing and programming. The module will develop introductory skills using a specific but not defined programming language and platform. Undertaking the module will develop the student’s skills in developing and testing programmes using industry techniques.

Database Analysis and Design 15

This module imparts an understanding of analysis and design concepts that are essential for developing and implementing software and database systems.  Design concepts and procedures such as Business Rules, Requirements Analysis, Data Modelling, Relational Data Modelling, Object Orientated Analysis and SQL will be explored.  Students will also learn how to apply Unified Modelling Language (UML) within different computing scenarios.

Introduction to Cyber Security and Networks 15

The aim of this module is to introduce concepts of IT security in order to understand the security threats to an IT system and the operational impact of these threats on an organisation. The module will explore different protection methods for data and develop knowledge of security policies and procedures, including risk assessments, and how these procedures can be implemented and maintained. This module will introduce topical case studies of attacks on organisational information systems, highlighting the business consequences.

Data Structures and Operating Systems 15

This module imparts an understanding of operating systems including concepts such as scheduling, concurrency and synchronisation, memory management, input and output systems, kernel security and file systems.  Fundamentals of data structures and core algorithms and analysis are also explored.

System and Software Analysis and Design 15

This module will teach the design concepts of object orientated programming and creativity and ideation techniques.  This module will develop the student’s skills in analysing business and technical requirements to select and specify appropriate technology solutions; capturing client requirements and producing the solutions architecture and software design. Systems Development: The concept will be tested with reference to the business case.

Business Expertise 1 15

The aim of this module is to develop student understanding of the skills and competencies required in both academic and professional environments.  Students will work individually and in teams to develop the knowledge and skills required to plan, design and conduct a research project.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in a range of activities which will build industry awareness at a national and international level; enhance communication and negotiation skills; and increase awareness of the importance of evidence based thinking and reflective practice.  This module provides the foundation for continuing personal and professional development building confidence to provide students with the potential to maximise academic and career aspirations.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Web and Mobile Application Development 15

This module introduces the concepts and issues of web and server side applications interfacing with networked, relational databases through SQL.  The module also explores the differences between coding for a desktop computer and a mobile device together with the creation of apps that operate in a multi-tiered and distributed environment.  Students will develop the skills to implement robust and secure database and mobile applications.

Network Security
Secure Systems Architectures 30

This module explores protection mechanisms appropriate to various information technology systems and architectures.  Mechanisms and cryptographic protocols that help to provide confidentiality and integrity of data together with authentication and authorisation are explored in detail.  The principles and fundamentals of system-level security are considered together with a contextual overview of the law and regulations relating to the use of security mechanisms.  The practical application of these mechanisms in typical IT systems and architectures are incorporated.

Enterprise Networking 15

This module explores the architectures, components and operations of routers and switches in large scale, complex networks.  Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies and network services and converged applications are considered.

Integrated Project 15

This module provides an opportunity for students to work as part of a collaborative team to manage and complete a substantial project for a given scenario.  Students are expected to utilise and extend the knowledge and understanding imparted previously and contextualise the material already covered.

Servers, Data Centres and Smart Systems 15

This module explores modern hardware and software infrastructures of data centres and servers, including services, maintenance, configuration and monitoring, virtualisation and performance and resilience.  Networked smart environments and the deployment of Internet of Things are also considered.

Risk Management and Cyber-security 15

The aim of this module is to further develop student understanding of IS Security.  The main focus of this module will be to explore key themes, trends and issues in cyber-security, policing and governance of the internet and business vulnerabilities.  The module provides students with an opportunity to analyse risk management, information risk assessment, risk mitigation, management standards and methodologies, implementing a risk management strategy and business continuity planning.

Year 2 - Optional Module

Work Placement

A 12 month period of professional training spent as the third year of a sandwich programme undertaking an approved placement with a suitable company. This provides an opportunity for the student to gain relevant industrial experience building on the first two years of study and to prepare for employment after graduation.

Optional Credits

Web and Mobile Application Development 15

This module introduces the concepts and issues of web and server side applications interfacing with networked, relational databases through SQL.  The module also explores the differences between coding for a desktop computer and a mobile device together with the creation of apps that operate in a multi-tiered and distributed environment.  Students will develop the skills to implement robust and secure database and mobile applications.

Network Security
Secure Systems Architectures 30

This module explores protection mechanisms appropriate to various information technology systems and architectures.  Mechanisms and cryptographic protocols that help to provide confidentiality and integrity of data together with authentication and authorisation are explored in detail.  The principles and fundamentals of system-level security are considered together with a contextual overview of the law and regulations relating to the use of security mechanisms.  The practical application of these mechanisms in typical IT systems and architectures are incorporated.

Enterprise Networking 15

This module explores the architectures, components and operations of routers and switches in large scale, complex networks.  Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies and network services and converged applications are considered.

Integrated Project 15

This module provides an opportunity for students to work as part of a collaborative team to manage and complete a substantial project for a given scenario.  Students are expected to utilise and extend the knowledge and understanding imparted previously and contextualise the material already covered.

Servers, Data Centres and Smart Systems 15

This module explores modern hardware and software infrastructures of data centres and servers, including services, maintenance, configuration and monitoring, virtualisation and performance and resilience.  Networked smart environments and the deployment of Internet of Things are also considered.

Risk Management and Cyber-security 15

The aim of this module is to further develop student understanding of IS Security.  The main focus of this module will be to explore key themes, trends and issues in cyber-security, policing and governance of the internet and business vulnerabilities.  The module provides students with an opportunity to analyse risk management, information risk assessment, risk mitigation, management standards and methodologies, implementing a risk management strategy and business continuity planning.

Year 2 - Optional Module

Work Placement

A 12 month period of professional training spent as the third year of a sandwich programme undertaking an approved placement with a suitable company. This provides an opportunity for the student to gain relevant industrial experience building on the first two years of study and to prepare for employment after graduation.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Cloud Computing and Infrastructure 15

Cloud computing describes a new supplement, consumption, and delivery model for IT services based on the Internet. Cloud computing is a consequence of the ease-of-access to remote computing sites provided by the Internet. Within this context, the aim of this module is to develop student understanding of cloud technologies, infrastructure and deployment. The values that cloud computing may bring to an organisation will be evaluated. An array of cloud products and services will be appraised in the context of how they may apply to different types of organisation and their operational functions. Students will appraise an array of methods used to provide virtual storage and network virtualisation. The security and ethical challenges inherent in an organisational transformation to cloud computing will be evaluated.

Advanced Routing and Switching 15

This module covers advanced networking mechanisms relevant to large complex networks.  Routing techniques, core switching and Quality of Service provisioning will be explored in detail together with Software Defined Networking and and Data Centre networking.  Students will develop a detailed technical knowledge of advanced communications networking mechanisms and services.

Computing Project 30

The Computing Project provides the opportunity to undertake a major computing related problem in an approved topic area relevant to the programme of study.

Cyber Law and the Regulation of the Information Society 15
Distributed Systems 15

This module explains how concepts and techniques from networking, operating systems and object-orientated programming can be combined to develop distributed systems.  The module will impart a detailed understanding of event ordering, logical and physical clocks together with the practical facets of distributed system structuring using the client-server approach.

Information Systems Futures 15

Information Systems Futures evaluates contemporary issues in a rapidly changing information systems environment, as applied to businesses and their stakeholders. The module will focus upon in-depth studies of a number of recent, emerging or potential developments in information systems management – in both theoretical and practice driven terms. In-depth studies involve the evaluation of distinctive digital and online activities, especially as they relate to the creation of new forms of transaction, business models and markets. It will also evaluate the nature, growth and impact of virtual communities and the relationships that form and develop in those communities. The module will investigate a number of topical theoretical issues and practical developments that link technologies to information systems developments.

Year 3 Optional Module Semester

Strategic Innovation Management 15 credits
Insight Management 15 credits

Optional Credits

Cloud Computing and Infrastructure 15

Cloud computing describes a new supplement, consumption, and delivery model for IT services based on the Internet. Cloud computing is a consequence of the ease-of-access to remote computing sites provided by the Internet. Within this context, the aim of this module is to develop student understanding of cloud technologies, infrastructure and deployment. The values that cloud computing may bring to an organisation will be evaluated. An array of cloud products and services will be appraised in the context of how they may apply to different types of organisation and their operational functions. Students will appraise an array of methods used to provide virtual storage and network virtualisation. The security and ethical challenges inherent in an organisational transformation to cloud computing will be evaluated.

Advanced Routing and Switching 15

This module covers advanced networking mechanisms relevant to large complex networks.  Routing techniques, core switching and Quality of Service provisioning will be explored in detail together with Software Defined Networking and and Data Centre networking.  Students will develop a detailed technical knowledge of advanced communications networking mechanisms and services.

Computing Project 30

The Computing Project provides the opportunity to undertake a major computing related problem in an approved topic area relevant to the programme of study.

Cyber Law and the Regulation of the Information Society 15
Distributed Systems 15

This module explains how concepts and techniques from networking, operating systems and object-orientated programming can be combined to develop distributed systems.  The module will impart a detailed understanding of event ordering, logical and physical clocks together with the practical facets of distributed system structuring using the client-server approach.

Information Systems Futures 15

Information Systems Futures evaluates contemporary issues in a rapidly changing information systems environment, as applied to businesses and their stakeholders. The module will focus upon in-depth studies of a number of recent, emerging or potential developments in information systems management – in both theoretical and practice driven terms. In-depth studies involve the evaluation of distinctive digital and online activities, especially as they relate to the creation of new forms of transaction, business models and markets. It will also evaluate the nature, growth and impact of virtual communities and the relationships that form and develop in those communities. The module will investigate a number of topical theoretical issues and practical developments that link technologies to information systems developments.

Year 3 Optional Module Semester

Strategic Innovation Management 15 credits
Insight Management 15 credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Core texts: Core texts are available from the University Library. However some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some core texts can be bought second-hand or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Indicative cost is £150 for whole course.

Mandatory

Laptop: Students are expected to have their own laptop to use on this course. Indicative cost is £200-£1,000.

Printing and Binding: We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

UCAS code
I120
Duration
3 years full-time; 4 years full-time (sandwich); 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-112 points
Location
King Alfred Campus or West Downs, Winchester