Undergraduate Program

Computer Networking and Infrastructure Security – BEng (Hons)

Skopje Met is committed to providing a high quality education and student experience on behalf of London Metropolitan University. The approved course is subject to London Met’s Academic Regulations and Credit Framework or procedures for research awards. London Met remains responsible for the academic standards and quality of all the awards given in its name

Why study this course?

If you want to learn how to secure the computer networking infrastructures from hardware/software vulnerabilities and organised hacking through a Cisco and Palo Alto based skills-set then this an unparalleled engineering course. You’ll learn prevention methods to both known and unknown attacks and the features of next generation firewalls including user identification, data/url filtering and denial of service prevention. The mitigations will be implemented and tested using Palo Alto next generation firewalls. This could be your first step towards you working as a Security Analyst within a Cybersecurity Operation Centre (SOC) and could see you begin your career in the exciting and growing field of cybersecurity operations.

Throughout this course you’ll develop skills to become a cyber engineering professional. This means designing, managing and securing enterprise networks by implementing network and firewall security, installing secure wireless networks or taking on ethical hacking within a Cybersecurity Operation Centre (SOC).

The course is career-focused and vocational elements are integrated within the course content.

You will learn fundamental principles such as Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), routing and switching, before progressing to specialist technologies including firewalls and cyber security.

Addressing the skills-shortage in the area of intelligent hardware/software systems and applied robotics, this course offers better employment prospects through hands-on experience closely linked to industrial practices. You will have a range of stimulating optional modules to choose.

More about this course

The course combines theory with hands-on practice in our state-of-the-art networking and virtual laboratories. London Met is the proud home of the UK’s first ever Cisco Networking Academy and the first ever Palo Alto Networks regional academy.

The course also incorporates Cisco CCNA, CCNA security, CCNA infrastructure security essentials, CCNA cyber operations and Palo Alto Gateway and infrastructure configuration – this industrial recognition will give you a competitive advantage, graduating with an abundance of sought-after and recognised certifications in addition to your degree.

Throughout the course you will be supported by highly-qualified teaching staff who have strong links with industry.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through coursework reports, case studies, individual and group research assignments, written and laboratory-based examinations and a final engineering project or dissertation. You’ll receive regular, supportive feedback throughout the course.

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Computer Networking

Dame Gruev no. 5-9
1000 Skopje
R.N. Macedonia

+389 2 3140 004
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Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

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List of Modules

Year 1 modules

Cyber Security Fundamentals (core, 30 credits)

On this module students will learn the fundamental knowledge concerning computer security, basic cyber threats and the corresponding detection and defence techniques. Core security concepts, terminology, technologies and professional cyber security skills will be introduced via case studies and laboratory experiments.

Introduction to Robotics and Internet of Things (core, 30 credits)

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) – Wednesday morning
  • all year (January start) – Friday morning

This module aims to introduce basic hardware and software elements relevant to robotics and internet of things (IoT) at foundation level (level 3). In particular, the module is designed to provide students with an introductory overview and practical experience in design and development of a simple system involving elements of robotics and IoT.

The module covers the necessary principles and theory through formal lectures/seminars followed by comprehensive laboratory practice involving workshop-based exercises and a case study.

Mathematics (core, 30 credits)

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) – Monday morning
  • all year (January start) – Wednesday morning

This module introduces students to a range of mathematical techniques involving algebraic properties and graphs of the algebraic, logarithm, exponential and trigonometric functions. Furthermore the module introduces mathematical techniques of differentiation and integration of simple functions.

Programming (core, 30 credits)

This module currently runs:
  • all year (September start) – Monday afternoon
  • all year (January start) – Thursday morning

The module introduces students to theoretical concepts underpinning computer software design; and to programming using a high-level language concentrating on sequence, selection, iteration (loops) and list processing. It is assessed by three individual online tests (20%, 20%, and 30% weighting) and a group programming assignment (30% weighting).

It aims to enable the student to use a programming language in a familiar and confident way in a variety of practical situations, and to use an integrated programming development environment competently.
It also enables the student to design and write simple programs, individually and in groups, using the programming language constructs described in the syllabus below; and to develop techniques to ensure software quality and robustness, and to produce a reflective report.

Year 2 modules

Communications Engineering (core, 30 credits)

This module introduces a range of fundamental concepts in both analogue and digital communications, through theory and lab work. The module also considers ethical, social, economic and environmental issues relevant to the communications and telecommunications fields.

Aims of this module are:

  1. To introduce students to fundamental concepts of modern Communication Systems;
  2. To differentiate between analogue and digital communications and their typical uses;
  3. To provide a working technical vocabulary for describing commonly used telecommunication systems;
  4. To provide an understanding of telecommunications systems concepts such as bandwidth, the decibel, sampling, coding, multiplexing, modulation, etc;
  5. To provide an opportunity for students to consider the various ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of modern telecommunications.

Electronics Systems (core, 30 credits)

The module is designed to introduce the most common electronics devices and their applications in small-scale systems.  The module is divided into two broad sections of analogue and digital electronics.  The module is based on formal seminar/lecture sessions followed by comprehensive practicals/tutorials in both areas which provide an opportunity for students to gain experience in using and applying the laboratory’s test and measurement equipment/simulators.

The aims of the module are as follows:

  1. To familiarise students with commonly used electronic components, standard laboratory test and measurement equipment and their usage in designing/analysing, building, and testing simple electronic circuits/systems.
  2. To introduce students to circuit simulation software and develop an awareness of its strengths and limitations
  3. To introduce students to the basic electronics and measurement techniques through practical approach and provide scope for putting theory into practice and develop investigation/analysis skills that exemplify core electrical and measuring principles relevant to the course.
  4. To develop the ability to write a well-structured, concise and thoughtful logbook / report / poster.
  5. To develop the ability to work independently as well as in team

Networking Concepts (core, 30 credits)

This module focuses on fundamental network terminology and concepts, e.g. protocols, Open System Interconnection (OSI) and TCP/IP models, Ethernet, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing, routing protocols and network devices, such as routers and switches.  The module provides an opportunity for students to understand the interconnections of various networks and be able to design and configure small-scaled networks based on typical (customer’s) requirements.

The aims of the modules are as follows:

  1. To provide a firm understanding of networking terminology, models and mathematics
  2. To introduce students to copper, optical, and wireless networking
  3. To introduce the concepts of Ethernet switching, VLANs and inter-VLAN routing
  4. To enable students to perform subnetting of IP addresses
  5. To gain an in-depth understanding of static routing protocols and default routing
  6. To gain an in-depth understanding of end-to-end connectivity using routers
  7. To gain experience in designing router’s configuration for a given specification
  8. To gain understanding of redundancy in a switched network

Computer Hardware and Software Architectures (core, 30 credits)

The module introduces students to the basics of Information Technology; past, current and future trend in computer systems.   The detailed design of a small scale Computer Systems is presented where students have the opportunity to build, configure and test a computer system for a given application. Students will identify the basic features of the Windows operating system and its elements. Health Safety issues and the safe disposal of equipment is also covered leading to an understanding and appreciation of social, ethical, environmental and economic issues related to computer’s hardware and software element.

The module aims to

  1. To introduce students to the fundamental concepts of Information Technology and basic networking,
  2. To provide a working technical knowledge of modern computer systems and their respective components,
  3. To introduce Operating systems by focusing on Windows products, identifying similarities and differences,
  4. Identify the correct approach to preventive maintenance and upgrading, and troubleshooting
  5. Introducing students to Assembly language and how it interacts with hardware
  6. Awareness of social, environmental, commercial and economic aspects of PC technology

Year 3 modules

Mobile Communications Systems (core, 30 credits)

This module examines the technology underlying current and future mobile wireless systems. It provides the essential theoretical principles and concepts encountered in the design of typical modern communications systems. Various analogue and digital modulation schemes essential for information transmission are examined, including the detrimental effect of noise in limiting system performance.

Microprocessors & Embedded Systems (core, 30 credits)

This module introduces students to the basic concepts of microprocessors and the role that hardware and software play in the functional behaviour of microprocessor systems. Students are then introduced to some of the more common microcontrollers. Interfacing external memories as well as various input/output devices and sensors are also covered. The module enables students to analyse the requirements of a given task, make decisions in selecting an appropriate controller, design and implement prototype hardware/software for a typical embedded systems product. Practical workshops are designed to introduce microprocessor software development, testing and debugging. Workshops provide students with an opportunity to use both ‘C’ and assembly language.

Enterprise Networks and Security (core, 30 credits)

This module develops analytical and practical knowledge and skills for configuring and managing Internetworking devices in small-to-medium as well as large Enterprise Networks. It focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks, including security concepts within Local Area Networks (LANs).

It also promotes the architectures and considerations related to designing, securing, operating, and troubleshooting enterprise networks. It covers wide area networks (WANs) technologies and quality of service (QoS) mechanisms used for secure remote access along with the introduction of software-defined networking, virtualization, and automation concepts that support the digitalization of networks
It provides further experience of laboratory team working and individual trouble shooting in LANs vulnerabilities, threats and security, Switch security to mitigate LAN attacks. WLANs, IPv4 and v6, OSPF Operation, NAT, VPNs, Troubleshooting enterprise networks.

Network Operating Systems (core, 15 credits)

This module helps the students to develop the theoretical and practical knowledge of Network Operating Systems, used by the enterprise today. This is achieved by exposing the student to some of the most commonly used network operating systems. The student will reinforce their theoretical knowledge in practical sessions where they will install configure, manage and troubleshoot network operating systems.

The module covers the necessary background through formal lectures/seminars followed by comprehensive hands-on practical workshops.

  1. The aims of this module are:
  2. To understand the importance of Network operating systems(NOS)
  3. To explain the operation of Network operating systems , and their benefits
  4. To describe hardware requirements for the effective operation of NOS
  5. To compare some of the most commonly available NOS, and their abilities and limitations
  6. To understand the concept of virtualisation and its application in modern server environments
  7. To understand server documentation, security and trouble shooting

Work Related Learning (core, 15 credits)

This module consists of a short work placement (or work-based activity) lasting over one semester. This usually translates into 12 to 15 full working days (or the part-time equivalent of this) in the framework of 150 hours (15-credit module) considering some time for reflection, research and documentation. The work placement is facilitated by University’s Work Based Learning Team (WBLT) The module enables students to undertake an appropriate short period of professional activity, usually related to their course at level 5 (Intermediate level), with a business, research or community organisation and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity may include a traditional placement, relevant part-time job, a volunteering activity related to empowering London (in six key areas), approved research/development activity, an activity within London Met, an activity related to client’s brief or business start-up activity.

Students will be contacted prior to the semester to ensure they understand requirements of securing work-based learning activity in advance. Support is provided to find and apply for suitable opportunities through the WBLT. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Leader. Learners may be able to utilise existing employment, providing they can demonstrate that it is relevant to the module. It is a student’s responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the WBLT to assist them in finding a suitable role.

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to:

  1. gain a useful experience of real or virtual working environment.
  2. undertake approved work-based activity/project appropriate at level 5.
  3. enhance and extend their learning experience by applying and building on their
    academic skills and abilities by tackling real or simulated problems relevant to course specific professional practice.
  4. develop their career awareness and the ability to benefit from impartial and informed information, advice and guidance.
  5. enhance professional and personal development by increasing their commitment to learning, motivation and self-confidence.

Year 4 modules

Project (core, 30 credits)

The module enables students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills through a systematic and creative investigation of a project work, either individually or as part of a group, in accordance with their course requirements. The topic of investigation will cover a broad spectrum of various analysis and techniques and will lead to a comprehensive and concise academic/industry-related report. Students will be assisted in exploring areas that may be unfamiliar to them and encouraged to develop innovative ideas and techniques. Students will be able to choose a project that may require the solution to a specific problem, creation of an artefact in a real-world environment or an investigation of innovative ideas and techniques related to an area within their field of study. Collaboration with outside agencies and projects with industrial, business or research partners/ sponsors will be encouraged.

Network Security (Cisco) (core, 30 credits)

This module is based on Cisco CCNA Security curriculum delivered through Cisco Networking Academy at the University.
This module provides a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA-level skillset and help meet the growing demand for network security professionals. The curriculum provides an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. This module helps prepare students for entry-level security career opportunities and the globally recognized Cisco CCNA Security certification.
This module is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialized security skills, along with critical thinking and complex problem solving skills. It offers a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning. To pass this module with good grades, students are expected to have CCNA-level networking concepts knowledge and skills, along with basic PC and Internet navigation skills. The module aims:
1. To provide a firm understanding of Security Policy design and management.
2. To introduce students to security technologies, products and solutions.
3. To provide students with practical experience of configuring firewalls and router security
4. To discuss VPN implementation using routers and firewalls
5. To introduce concepts of Intrusion Detection
6. To explain the implementation of AAA (Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting)

Software and Hardware Infrastructure Security (Cisco and Palo Alto Cyber Security) (core, 30 credits)

This module consists of two parts. First part is based on CCNA Cybersecurity Operations (Cyber Ops) curriculum delivered through Cisco Networking Academy at the University. The second part is based on Palo Alto Networks PCCSA Cyber Security curriculum delivered through Palo Alto Networks Cyber Security program.

This module is a first step in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to work as a Security Analyst within a Cybersecurity Operation Centre (SOC) and can be a valuable part of beginning a career in the exciting and growing field of cybersecurity operations. It explores the characteristics of and tactics used by cyber criminals and procedures used by cybersecurity professionals to combat cybercrime.

Through Palo Alto approach to Cyber Security using advanced security hardware, Students learn the importance of network security, the range of threats to network infrastructure both from inside and outside, how these threats work, what vulnerabilities exist in the protocols the threats exploit and mitigations to those attacks. The students will learn that the networks and protocols we rely on, have no inherent security built in and that the multilayer multi-protocol nature of computer networking requires a multi technology multilayer security response.

They will learn prevention methods to both known and unknown attacks and the features of next generation firewalls including user identification, data/url filtering and denial of service prevention. The mitigations will be implemented and tested using Palo alto next generation firewalls.

This module leverages the basic network understanding the student has gained at level 5 from CCNA and complements but also contrasts CCNA security at level 6 by providing an alternative approach to firewall security compared to CISCO ASAs both in terms of technology, configuration, operation and design philosophy. This module is an essential part of the infrastructure security aspect of the degree and can lead to the professional qualification of Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Associate (PCCSA). The CCNA Cyber Ops helps prepare students for entry-level cybersecurity career opportunities and is aligned to the Understanding Cisco Cybersecurity Fundamentals (SECFND) and Implementing Cisco Cybersecurity Operations (SECOPS) industry exams leading to the full Cisco CCNA Cybersecurity Operations certification.

This module is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution offering a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialised Cybersecurity analyst skills, along with critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. To pass this module with good grades, students are expected to have CCNA-level networking concepts knowledge and skills along with basic PC and internet navigation skills.

Wireless Networks (Cisco) (core, 15 credits)

This module aims to provide students with the technical background and skills necessary to design and configure and maintain wireless Lans and Wans.

This module focuses on the design of these networks the devices used and their operation, the planning prior  to  installation and best practices , the implementation of the network design, security provisions and troubleshooting of Wireless LANs.

y issues. The module covers the necessary background through formal lectures/seminars followed by comprehensive hands-on practical workshops.

Module Aims:

  1. To introduce Wireless LAN set-up & troubleshooting, 802.11 (a, b, and g) technologies, products & solutions.
  2.  To describe WLAN applications and site surveys;
  3. To discuss resilient WLAN products, design, installation, configuration and troubleshooting;
  4. To investigate WLAN security issues and emerging wireless technologies;
  5. To develop team work and presentation skills in the context of the module curricula;

IoT Systems and Security (core, 15 credits)

The module is designed to provide students with technical knowledge and skills on Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Theoretical material delivered in the lectures is supported by practical lab work to ensure students have a sound grasp of the technical content where students are expected to develop IoT systems. A number of devices, platforms and software tools will be introduced during the course from different vendors. The module is assessed through lab reports and final examination

Ethical Hacking (core, 15 credits)

This module is designed to develop understanding, knowledge and skills associated with the various malicious hacking attacks targeting computer systems and the appropriate safeguards needed to minimise such attacks.

Entry Requirements

High school diploma (for Macedonian citizens); A-level (for international students)

Language Requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

Undergraduate applicants will still be asked to provide a UK GCSE English language equivalent qualification as part of the English language requirements for an undergraduate course. You can prove the level of your knowledge by providing certificates such as Academic IELTS or Pearson PTE Academic qualification, TOEFL, Cambridge certificates, Oxford placement test or similar tests. Students who have studied A-level in English only will not be asked to provide an English language qualification, however confirmation may be requested that any teaching was undertaken in English

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