MCAST Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Systems and Networks

MCAST Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Systems and Networks

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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Systems and Networks
Course Code IT6-01-15
MQF Level Level 6
Duration 3 years full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in IT


MCAST Advanced Diploma in IT

(recommended streams: “Computer Systems and Networks” and “End User Support”)


MCAST Diploma in Computer Engineering – Level 4


MCAST Advanced Diploma in Electronics (Computer Engineering)


2 A-Level passes and 2 I-Level passes

Compulsory A-Level: Computing.

Compulsory A-Level or I-Level: one subject from Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics


Other Entry Requirements
Course Description This course is intended for students who would like to pursue a career in the ever changing world of computer systems and networks. In this course, students will be exposed to enterprise network technologies, data centre operations, service provider networks, information security, virtualisation and cloud computing technologies. Due importance will also be given to emerging technologies which students will find being implemented when they start working in industry. A hands on approach is adopted throughout this course.
Study/Course Delivery The course takes a hands-on approach by qualified lecturers and is a mix of lectures and supervised practical work both in class and in specialised labs whenever necessary. Additionally each student will be working on a thesis, where a lecturer will be assigned to supervise the work. It is very important to be understood that at this level a significant proportion of the work will be self study and research work by the students outside school hours. Without a serious commitment and additional study students will find it very difficult to progress through the programme.
Assessment Modules are assessed through different assignments across the semester. Such assignments can be either Time Constrained Assessments (TCA) or Home Projects. Most assessments, even TCAs, require a student to solve a practical task specific to the module.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Understand key technologies and protocols used in enterprise systems and networks.

2. Design enterprise computer systems and networks according to a given specification

3. Implement enterprise computer systems and networks according to a given specification

4. Evaluate current and emerging network technologies

Core Study Units 1. Database Administration (I)

2. Networking Concepts

3. Computer Platforms

4. Security Fundamentals

5. Server Administration (Double Module)

6. Database Administration (II)

7. LAN Switching

8. Advanced Scripting

9. Virtualization

10. Wireless Area Networks

11. Network Security & Penetration Testing

12. Advanced Routing

13. Ethical Hacking

14. aMaths for Computer Networking

15. Wireless Networks

16. Computer Forensics

17. Project

18. Mathematics for IT

19. Entrepreneurship

20. Communication and Networking Principles

21. Network Operating Systems

22. Network Security and Digital Forensics

23. Database Administration (III)

24. Advanced Network Infrastructure & WAN Technologies

25. Dissertation

Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion After successful completion of the first 120 ECTS that relate to the first 2 years of the programme the student will be awarded a Higher Diploma in Computer Systems and Networks
Career Opportunities
  • Systems administrator
  • NOC Engineer
  • Technical Support