About the course

The use of computers and online services continues to evolve at a rapid pace. So the power and complexity of computer systems, peripheral equipment and support have to keep pace with user demand. This course will give you the ability to specify requirements, design systems and commission and test computer and network technologies – sought-after skills in today’s technology-driven job market. You’ll also learn specific skills in digital electronic systems, network design and management, distributed systems, microcomputers, digital signal processing tools and techniques, software design methodology, and data communication techniques.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Computer Technology and Networks
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc Hons in Digital Technology (Networks & Communications)

Why choose this course?

  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities in the University's Smart Systems laboratory
  • Develop the skills required by employers
  • Gain an edge in a career exploiting technological advancements to drive changes in modern living
  • Create great apps and distribute contents to a variety of new digital platforms
  • Specify requirements, design systems and commission computer and network technologies
  • Explore embedded devices, from standalone smart sensors, fully interconnected, mobile, wireless and wired, multi-platform systems with modern user interfaces
  • Gain an in-depth appreciation of the multimedia systems behind advances in web technology, satellite and cable broadcasting
  • Students from the School of Engineering and Technology have previously completed work placement years at companies including: BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd, Bosch Thermotechnology, and Microsoft
  • Recent Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including: Dyson, Mitsubishi Electric and Fujitsu

Professional Accreditations

The BSc (Hons) Computer Technology and Networks course is accredited by IET and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) for the cohort intakes from 2016 up to, and including, 2021.

Course details

Careers

An understanding of advanced technology puts you in an excellent position to take advantage of the many employment opportunities in this fast-moving sector. Industries using network design and management, distributed systems, network maintenance and data communication techniques all require the up-to-date skills you'll develop on this programme.

More about the course

Across the globe, modern computer systems are linked together via a variety of communication infrastructures, including telephone and cable connections, trans-Atlantic optical fibre and satellite links. The knowledge and skills required to specify requirements, design systems using standard subsystems, and commission and test computer and network technologies are paramount in today's job market.

In the first year of your BSc Honours degree course in Computer and Network Technology you will develop an understanding of relevant opportunities, how to exploit them and the associated responsibilities. You will gain hands-on experience of programming using Java, and of software development through extensive laboratory work. You will also learn about fundamental technical concepts - including computer architecture using packages especially for games and PDA tools to investigate digital subsystems; sound and image conversion to digital form; the functionality of RAM and Flash memory, magnetic and optical media; and data transmission networks.

In your second year you will broaden your knowledge of the technologies, standards and techniques relevant to designing and implementing multimedia communication infrastructures.

In your final year you will cover a variety of modern networking environments, you will become familiar with the practical issues and capable of working within a professional environment. For example, you will be able to understand different systems and rapidly assimilate the information needed to satisfy particular requirements, both from a purchaser's and a developer's viewpoint. You will also extend your knowledge and skills in programming and multimedia techniques to include animation and virtual reality, with time spent on laboratory-based exercises in 3D graphics.

The popularity of home computing and the growth in online services have exploded in recent years, which is why this fascinating subject has become so important, successful and popular.

The power and complexity of computer systems, peripheral equipment and support is evolving rapidly to meet the demands of today’s users. Computer systems rely on efficient global networks, ranging from household phone and cable connections to transatlantic optical fibre cables and geostationary satellite links.

This course will give you the ability to specify requirements, design systems and commission and test computer and network technologies – sought after skills in today’s technology-driven job market.

You will also gain specific skills in digital electronic systems, network design and management, distributed systems, microcomputers, digital signal processing tools and techniques, software design methodology, and data communication techniques.

What job can I get?

An understanding of advanced technology puts you in an excellent position to take advantage of the many employment opportunities in this fast-moving sector. Industries using network design and management, distributed systems, network maintenance and data communication techniques all require the skills you’ll develop on this course.

Teaching methods

Our enthusiastic staff are always looking for new ways to enhance your learning experience and over recent years, we have won national awards for our innovative teaching ideas. All of our courses include a significant practical element, which, together with tutorial sessions reinforce the theory delivered during lectures, and you have many opportunities to enhance your presentation skills ready for the workplace.

More about the course

Across the globe, modern computer systems are linked together via a variety of communication infrastructures, including telephone and cable connections, trans-Atlantic optical fibre and satellite links. The knowledge and skills required to specify requirements, design systems using standard subsystems, and commission and test computer and network technologies are paramount in today's job market.

In the first year of your BSc Honours degree course in Computer and Network Technology you will develop an understanding of relevant opportunities, how to exploit them and the associated responsibilities. You will gain hands-on experience of programming using Java, and of software development through extensive laboratory work. You will also learn about fundamental technical concepts - including computer architecture using packages especially for games and PDA tools to investigate digital subsystems; sound and image conversion to digital form; the functionality of RAM and Flash memory, magnetic and optical media; and data transmission networks.

In your second year you will broaden your knowledge of the technologies, standards and techniques relevant to designing and implementing multimedia communication infrastructures.

In your final year you will cover a variety of modern networking environments, you will become familiar with the practical issues and capable of working within a professional environment. For example, you will be able to understand different systems and rapidly assimilate the information needed to satisfy particular requirements, both from a purchaser's and a developer's viewpoint. You will also extend your knowledge and skills in programming and multimedia techniques to include animation and virtual reality, with time spent on laboratory-based exercises in 3D graphics.

The popularity of home computing and the growth in online services have exploded in recent years, which is why this fascinating subject has become so important, successful and popular.

The power and complexity of computer systems, peripheral equipment and support is evolving rapidly to meet the demands of today’s users. Computer systems rely on efficient global networks, ranging from household phone and cable connections to transatlantic optical fibre cables and geostationary satellite links. 

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to spend a year working either in a professional research environment or within industry. The practical experience you gain will be of tremendous benefit both when you resume your studies and when you embark on a career. Students have previously undertaken placements in organisations as:

  • Exel plc
  • GE Healthcare
  • Mibtree
  • Open Systems Management Ltd

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Interactive Programming 15 Credits Compulsory
    Vision and Image Perception 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Skills Development 0 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Networking 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mark-up Languages and Metadata 15 Credits Compulsory
    Interactive Group Design Project 15 Credits Compulsory
    Web Services 15 Credits Compulsory
    Career Planning 0 Credits Compulsory
    E-Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 15 Credits Compulsory
    Interaction Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mini Project CTN 15 Credits Compulsory
    Exchange Year 120 Credits Optional
    Exchange Semester 60 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Visualisation & Animation Technology 30 Credits Compulsory
    Distributed Systems & Network Management 30 Credits Compulsory
    Careers Portfolio 0 Credits Compulsory
    Smart Systems 15 Credits Compulsory
    Data Security and Biometrics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Industrial Placement 0 Credits Optional
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A LevelBTEC
    96 CCC - Requires a minimum of 2 A Levels MMM - Requires a Diploma in Engineering or Technology based

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students