This practice-based degree will prepare you for a career in a rapidly changing industry that, thanks to new ideas, applications, security threats and constantly evolving technology, is a fascinating area to work in. It includes the latest developments in wired and wireless computer networking and security, underpinned by relevant theory to offer a broad view of the networking industry. Supported by teaching in purpose-built laboratories, you will use specialist software to develop your networking and security skills. In addition, the course covers core computing skills and legal, social, ethical and commercial issues so you will graduate with a range of transferable skills allowing you to work across the computing industry, as well as in other graduate careers. The course structure has three strands: technical; network and security specific; project management: the first develops general computing skills relevant to the networking and security specialist; the second looks at topologies, protocols, hardware devices, security and network management; the third develops communication skills, provides project experience and explores legal, social, ethical and commercial issues. Since the start of the course is common with other courses in the School, you will gain the experience to choose the most appropriate specialist route for you. You will focus on acquiring basic skills through small laboratory exercises and develops essential computing skills across a range of application areas. You will develop programming and analysis skills and an understanding of basic computer and network technology. You will explore modern applications of computing for business and entertainment. At higher levels, more complex techniques are developed through case studies and extended exercises. Throughout the course, you will solve real networking problems based on the Cisco curriculum. Having completed the taught element of the CNAA qualification during the course, you may take the exam at a test centre, for which a fee is due. You will investigate, analyse and discuss networks and security issues, including implementing and troubleshooting networks, researching relevant literature and evaluating network management tools and techniques. Interaction with other students will challenge you to discuss, defend and evaluate ideas. You will participate in a team-based network development project. In final year, you will undertake an individual project. A module to help you plan your career is available as an additional module, linked to the agile professional module.