MCAST Advanced Diploma in IT (Computer Systems and Networks)

MCAST Advanced Diploma in IT (Computer Systems and Networks)

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MCAST Advanced Diploma in IT (Computer Systems and Networks)
Course Code IT4-01-15 (Full-Time)IT4-A1-15 (Full-Time on apprenticeship)
MQF Level Level 4
Duration 2 years full-time or on apprenticeship
Awarding Body MCAST
Fees
Entry Requirements MCAST-BTEC Diploma in IT or MCAST Diploma in IT or 4 SEC/O-Level passes/SSC&P (Level 3) passes Compulsory: Mathematics and one subject from Computer Studies, Physics, BTEC IT Practitioner Preferred: English Language
Other Entry Requirements
Course Description This course is the first step towards entering the field of computer networks. It will provide the learners with core computer networking skills. At this level, students will be exposed to the design, implementation and administration of small to medium sized networks. The first year of this course will be common for all advanced diploma students. During the second year, students will be focusing on networking subjects such as LAN switching, routing, server management and virtualisation.
Study/Course Delivery The course is based around an in-person training by qualified lecturers and is a mix of lectures and supervised practical work both in class and in labs whenever necessary. A student is expected to dedicate a significant amount of additional self-study hours, since most of the skills require a great deal of practice to master.
Assessment Assessment of each module may be in the form of class assignments, practical labs and home projects, based on the level of work and tools required. Each assessment helps the learner to build-up a portfolio that he/she can later use when seeking employment. To complete this course a learner needs to achieve a set pass mark.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Identify the ideal infrastructure components for a given requirement 2. Diagnose and solve problems in an existing computer network 3. Deploy and manage virtual infrastructure services 4. Monitor and document network infrastructures
Core Study Units Junior/Assistant Systems Administrator Junior/Assistant Network Administrator Junior/Assistant Database Administrator
Specialist Units 1. Database Concepts & Design 2. Computer Systems 3. Fundamentals of Scripting 4. Operating Systems 5. Relational Databases 6. Website Design 7. Embedded Systems 8. Introduction to Multimedia Design 9. Networking Concepts 10. LAN Fundamentals 11. Infrastructure Design 12. Computer Security 13. Network Design & Admin 14. Routing & WAN 15. Virtualization 16. Project Key Skills 1. Maths 2. English 3. Entrepreneurship 4. Critical Thinking
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Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
Career Opportunities Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Systems and Networks

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