MSc/PgD/PgC COMPUTING: INFORMATION ENGINEERING with NETWORK MANAGEMENT A Specialist Masters Programme

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MSc/PgD/PgC COMPUTING: INFORMATION
ENGINEERING
with NETWORK MANAGEMENT


A Specialist Masters Programme






COURSE BROCHURE
SEPTEMBER 20
0
9

COURSE CALENDAR: September 200
9

(
Dates may be subject to
revision
)

SEMESTER ONE 2
8

Septemb
er 200
9 to 29

January 20
10

Week


Remarks

Key Dates

08


Course Start
Enrolment

and Course Information

21

Sept 20
09

09


Teaching Commences Tuesday 2
9 Sept
0
9

Aberdeen Holiday

2
8

Sept for 1 day

1
0




1
1




12


12 weeks of taught modules


13




14


CM
M501 Databases

CMM504 Object Oriented Programming

CMM510 Data Mining

4 Core Modules

15



16



17



18


ENM613 CCNA Cisco Semester 1 and 2


19




20



End of Teaching

1
8

Dec 200
9

2
1
-
22


Christmas + New Year Break



23


Reading Week



2
4
-
2
5


Ass
essment

Period for 2 weeks

11
-
23

Jan 20
10


26


Post Assessment Break

End of Semester
29
Jan
10

SEMESTER TWO
1 February to 28

May
10

27


Start of Semester 2

1 February 2010

28


12 weeks of taught modules


29


CMM503


ECommerce


4

Core Module
s


30


C
MM507
-

Research Skills


31


CMM502


Web Technologies


32


ENM614 CCNA Cisco Semester 3 and 4


33




34





35


April Break

5
-
9 Apr 2010

36




37




38




39



End of Teaching
30
Apr
2010

40


Reading Week


41
-
42


Assessment

Period for 2 weeks


8
-
22

May 20
10


43


Post Assessment Break

24
-
28 May 2010

SEMESTER THREE
31

May to
10

September 20
10

44



Start of Semester 3

31

May 20
10

45




46




47


1
5

weeks of project work

MSc Project

48




49


Aberdeen Holiday for 1 day


50




51




52




01




02




0
3




04




05


Assessment

Period for 1 week

7
-
21

Aug 20
10

06


MSc Project Submission

End of Course
10

Sept 20
10


RE
-
ASSESSMENTS


Re
-
assessment opportunities are scheduled throughout the academic year in May,
August and January. Fai
lure in any module will normally be re
-
assessed at the next
assessment opportunity in the following semester.


COURSE RATIONALE


The MSc Computing: Information Engineering
with Network Management
is a specialist
master’s

programme, which

aims to develop e
xpertise in advanced information systems
technology for specialist practitioners.


The rationale for the course is to:




develop methods of design, implement and maintain sophisticated information
systems




to enhance proficiency in the use of modern applica
tions and environments;



to match tools and technologies to the needs of commerce and industry;



to be able to integrate the use of these tools in the framework of an
appropriate development methodology to develop high quality information
systems




provide a
n integrated and coherent programme of education that enhances
existing skills for continuing professional development of the specialist
-
computing
practitioner.


The technical content of the course is directed towards the study of sophisticated
information

systems and the challenge required in merging various technologies.


At all stages of study, the course content is complemented by practical work intended to
reinforce the learning process but also to enhance the vocational relevance of the
programme of s
tudy.


The syllabus content also incorporates course units intended to enhance the technical
and professional skills required to manage and execute state of the art information
systems.


The two networking modules are taught by C
isco
-
accredited trainers in

a purpose
-
built
networking lab. The module content covers Semesters 1 to 4 of C
isco
's Training
Academy and will fully prepare students for C
isco

accreditation.


This is the key
professional training required for a career in network management.




COURSE A
IMS





to provide specialist, advanced technical skills in the areas of Distributed
Systems, Information Storage and Retrieval, and Data Analysis;




to produce specialist practitioners in the specification, design and implementation
of advanced information s
ystems;




to enable students to access, critically appraise and disseminate research results;




to provide students with a sound basis for further research and / or professional
development




to participate in the management and maintenance
of computer networ
ks to a
professional standard.




CURRICULUM



1. Technical Themes




Object Oriented Programming (Java)



Distributed Systems




Databases



Data Mining




E
-
commerce



Network Management



2. Research Training




Research Skills



MSc Project



3. Summary of Core Tec
hnical Modules


Title

Indicative Module Content

Assessment

Object Oriented
Programming
(Java)
(15 credits)

Advanced use of object
-
oriented
modelling techniques for
designing and developing
sophisticated
systems.

Using
object
-
ori
ented toolkits for
graphical user interface
design
and development
.

Coursework


100%

Distributed
Systems

(15 credits)

Design distributed computer systems to specification,
implement distributed systems using relevant technology
e.g. COBRA
:

analyse the practical and theoretical
problems which exist in distributed computer systems
,

describe and apply web technologies appropriate to
distributed systems
:

describe security and encryption
measures which can be applied to distributed systems.

Cour
sework

30%

Examination

70%


Databases
(15 credits)

Enhanced E
-
R approach; classification, aggregation, and
generalisation/specification
,

integrity constraints
,

Query
optimisation heuristics, generic trees and reduction
techniques i
n distributed systems
,

Class
-
centred and
object oriented databases; object and class concepts,
links, associations, aggregation, inheritance, a design case
study
,

Databases and the internet
,

modelling and design
of data intensive web sites
,

web interfaces
for DBMS
systems
,

the XML language; e
-
commerce, administration
,

Database Architectures; centralised; distributed
,

fragmentation
,

DBMS; data transparency.

Coursework


30%

Examination


70%

Data Mining (15
credits)

Explain the main concepts of Data Mining an
d Machine
Learning and how these are applied in practice
,

select an
appropriate data mining algorithm and apply it effectively
to a given learning task
,

compare and contrast the
approaches of data mining and machine learning
algorithms
,

create an appropria
te data visualisation of a
dataset
,

use a toolkit to develop a data mining application
tailored to a given learning task.

Coursework

30%

Examination

70%

Title

Indicative Module Content

Assessment

E
-
commerce
(15 credits)

Definitions of Electronic Commerce, typical applications,
iss
ues and problems in e
-
Commerce development,
Internets and TCP/IP, client/server architectures and
middleware, SSL, HTML, DHTML, (CSS2, JavaScript), XML,
Java applets, web servers, CGI, sockets, Java Servlets,
JSP, ODBC, JDBC, concurrency issues, transactio
ns, e
-
Commerce agents, ubiquitous and mobile computing.

Coursework

30 %

Examination


70%

Cisco
C
C
NA
Semesters 1
and 2

(15 credits)

Connecting to the Internet: NICs, modems, Networking
fundamentals: terminology, bandwidth, models.
M
edia:
copper optical,
wireless, testing. Ethernet fundamentals:
OSI model, CSMA/CD. Technologies: 10/100/1000 Mbps,
switching, collision and broadcast domains. TCP/IP
protocol: IP addresses (public/private), RARP, DHCP.
Routing: routed and routing protocols, subnetting.

Cour
sework
30%

Examination
70%

Cisco
C
C
NA
Semesters 3
and 4

(15 credits)

Routing: VLSM, RIPv2, OSPF, EIGRP, troubleshooting.
Switching: concepts, switch operation, configuration,
spanning tree, Virtual LANs/Trunks (VLans), LAN Design.

Scaling networks with
NAT/PAR. DHCP operation and
configuration. WAN technologies and design, Point
-
to
-
point Prot ocol (PPP), Int egrat ed Services Digit al Net work
(ISDN), Frame Relay, Net work Administ rat ion.

Coursework
30%

Examinat ion
70%



3. Professional Training Themes




Res
earch Skills



MSc Project



4. Summary of Professional Training Modules


Title

Indicative Module Content

Assessment

Research
Skills
(15 credits)

Training in library skills, guidance in preparation of
technical research papers and management
of software
projects, legal understanding for development and use of
software for information processing, guidance in design and
evaluation of empirical studies, broaden educational
experience through interaction with external speakers

Coursework


100%

MS
c Project
Investigation
(15 credits)

Selection of an approved industry project or university
based project, definition of project aims and objectives,
evidence of independent investigation of project context,
citation of relevant sources, in
sight and understanding of
the problem, critical evaluation and selection of project
methodology, identification of project resources and a
report of initial findings.

Coursework


100%

Title

Indicative Module Content

Assessment

MSc Project
(45 credits)

This 45 credit module forms the second phas
e of the
project. The tasks combine approaches to design with
evaluation of chosen design and implementation, level of
innovation, test specification and schedule, user manual
and installation instructions, review document with
recommendations for future
development, detailed software
specifications including method and interface specification,
demonstration of the operational project, oral presentation
of interim and final solutions, poster and a final report
including all documentation.

Coursework


100%



5. Typical Projects


MSc project titles in previous cohorts were:



Title


The optimisation of an intelligent knowledge management environment


Intermedia synchronisation components for visual authoring environments


Cause and effect matrix informati
on system


A tablet formulation case
-
based reasoning system


A learning multi
-
agent meeting scheduler


Texture analysis of digital mammographs by means of Gibbs
-
Markov random fields


Multi
-
player game across multiple platforms using an object
-
oriented
database


Building toxicological models for an extensible software component architecture


The use of document clustering in information retrieval





EXIT AWARDS




Postgraduate Certificate in Computing: Information Engineering
with Network
Management
(6
0 credits)



After completion of four of the 15
-
credit modules




Postgraduate Diploma in Computing: Information Engineering

with Network
Management

(120 credits)



After completion of all eight of the 15
-
credit modules




Master of Science in Computing: Info
rmation Engineering

with Network Management

(180 credits)

After completion of the Diploma and the MSc project

modules.





COURSE OPERATION


The course runs for

one full calendar year and starts in
Se
p
tember
.
A d
etailed calendar
for each start will be foun
d on the inside cover of this brochure. Students initially enrol on
the MSc

programme with progression

determined by overall performance in examinations
and coursework.


Two study modes are available:




Full
-
time




Part
-
time: requires attendance for approxim
ately 8 hours per week and offers the
opportunity for continuing professional development in parallel with current
employment.


Individual modules may also be available as full cost
CPD modules
.


(For further information, see


http://www.rgu.ac.uk/learning/flexible/page.cfm?pge=701
)




FUNDING


STUDENTSHIPS


The course has been granted a number of studentships by the Student Awards Agency
for Scotland (SAAS). Successful
Scottish

appli
cants
may
receive a maintenance
allowance (basic award plus supplements if appropriate) and payment of their PgD
university fees. EU applicants receive a fees
-
only award. Contact SAAS for more
information.

The University awards a number of Institutional S
cholarships for international students.

Studentship details will be sent to you if you are successful in being offered a place on
the course.

Further information on
Sources of Funding for
Postgraduate Study

http://www.rgu.ac.uk/careers/finding_work/page.cfm?pge=23491




FEES


For detailed information about fees contact the Tuition Fees Team via the e
-
mail address



studentfinance@rgu.ac.uk


If you have no access to the Internet the telephone number
+44
(0
)
1224 262664 can be
used.




ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


The normal minimum entry requirement is:




An Honours Degree in a Computing discipline or with significant Computi
ng content.


This requirement may be relaxed for applicants holding a qualification or industrial
experience of equivalent standard.




INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS


As you can see from the course calendar, the course starts in September 200
9

an
d ends
in September 20
10
. The Assessment Board will meet during September 20
10

to approve
your results, which you will receive at the beginning of October.
You will therefore
require a 14
-
month student visa.



You will need to be in Aberdeen on
21st

Septe
mber 200
9

for the Course
Induction Programme and University Registration.

Classes start on 2
9
th
September 200
9

and you are required to be here prior to this date. Applicants
will not normally be permitted to join the course later than 1 week after the
st
art of teaching.



After successful completion of the course in September 20
10
, you will need to apply for
a visitors visa should you wish to return to Aberdeen for the Graduation Ceremony in
December 20
10
. The University will be happy to confirm to the
UK

Borders Agency
, that
you have completed your studies and wish to return to Aberdeen for the Ceremony.



On completion of the course, you may wish to apply for the Tier 1 post study visa
(formerly the Fresh Talent Initiative (FTI) scheme) if you have a cur
rent student visa. If
your application is successfully this may allow you to remain and work in the country for
up to two years. For up to date information you should check the following web pages
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/tier1/poststudy/


However, in the unlikely event that you are required to be re
-
assessed in any element of
the course, the work will need to be completed during the next assessment
diet.
Assessment diets are scheduled throughout the academic year in May, August and
January. In the event of re
-
assessment being required, after receipt of your results in
October 20
10
, the University will provide you with a written statement for the
UK
Borders Agency
, to confirm that a student visa extension is required.

It should be noted that the School monitors all student attendance at timetabled classes.


Information regarding scholarships for International students can be found in the
following web

pages

http://www.educationuk.org/pls/hot_bc/page_pls_user_advice?x=&y=&a=0&d=4460#S
ources%20of%20funding


The University has a language lev
el requirement for overseas students which can be
found on the following web page:

http://www.rgu.ac.uk/abs/postgraduate/page.cfm?pge=5077


Pre
-
entry English Language Courses
have bee
n

introduced to enable international
students to improve their language level prior to commencing their academic
programme.


These courses are priced per module. At the end of the course students will be required
to sit the IELTS for which there is a char
ge
.


Further information is available on

Web Page.
http://www.rgu.ac.uk/international/

Or

e
-
mail address
international@rgu.ac.uk




ACCOMMODATION


Inform
ation about University
accommodat
i
on

can be found via web page


http://www.rgu.ac.uk/accommodation/general/page.cfm




CAREER OPPORTUNITIES


Opportunities exist in the design and implemen
tation of complex, often safety
-
critical,
information systems, and the provision of transparent access, intelligent browsing and
streamlined maintenance




Industry requires integrated information systems to remain competitive and to
promote their products.



The increasing complexity and quantity of information demands easy accessibility
and maintenance.



MSc/PgD InfoEng graduates are well placed to satisfy the demand for highly
specialised, practitioners to design and implement complex information systems
to

provide transparent access, intelligent browsing and streamlined maintenance.



As distance learning, working from home and worldwide networking become even
more widespread, service providers for information systems are in increasing
demand.



The course al
so prepares students for research careers by providing the skills
necessary of an effective researcher.



Suitable MSc graduates may continue to
PhD Programmes
within the school.




COMPUTER FACILITIES


The School has various computer systems that
include
a machine room containing 8 Unix
servers, 4 Netware servers, and
12

laboratories of various sizes containing either
Pentium III or Pentium 4 PC’s running Windows XP. The laboratories consist of two 17
-
seat PC and two 23
-
seat PC laboratories; three 24
-
seat
PC laboratories; two 23
-
seat PC
laboratories; a 26
-
seat multimedia PC laboratory; and a 10
-
seat multimedia PC project
laboratory.
We also have a 21
-
seater lab, which is used to present Microsoft Short
courses.

Moreover, each member of staff has a workstati
on on their desk, either a Sun
workstation or a Pentium based PC. In each laboratory there is access to the UNIX
environment through emulation software. Access to other equipment (such as SUN, SGI
or Apple workstations) is achieved through project work.



Relevant software includes



Objectstore, Oracle, Ingres



Orbix



Director



Clips, Recall, Ontolingua



Research prototypes: ECLAIR, FireWorks, SketchTrieve, KRUST



L
A
TEX, Framemaker, Microsoft Office



C++, JAVA, Netscape, PSM, SPSS




FURTHER INFORMATION



http://www.rgu.ac.uk/computing/courses/page.cfm?pge=29835




Informal Enquiries


D
erek Shirreffs (Year and Admissions

Tutor
)

Email:
dsh@co
mp.rgu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 262768


Dr John McCall

(
Postgraduate
Programme

Leader)

Email
jm@comp.rgu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 262780


School of Computing

The Robert Gordon University,

St. Andrew Street,

ABERDE
EN, AB25 1HG

Scotland, United Kingdom


Tel: +44 (0) 1224 262768/262780

Fax: +44 (0) 1224 262727





At the time of printing the information was believed to be correct although the course is
under continual review and changes may result.