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DPS Networking Technologies

Version: 2.01

Version Date: 15 June 2009


Birmingham City University

Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the
Environment



Professional Studies

Programme



Programme Specification



Diploma

in Professional Studies (
D
PS)
Networking Technologies



Date of Course
Approval/Review

Version Number

Ver
sion Date

8 April 2008

2.01

1
5

June 2009





DPS Networking Technologies

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Version Date: 15 June 2009


CONTENTS



Definitive Documents and Version Control

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1

Programme Specification

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2

Programme philosophy and aims

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3

Learning Outcomes

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4

Learning, teaching and assessm
ent methods

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5

Programme structure

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6

Support for Learning

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7

Crite
ria for admission

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Methods for evaluation and enhancement of quality and standards

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DPS Networking Technologies

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Version Date: 15 June 2009


Definitive Documents and Version Control


This document has a version number and reference date in the footer.


The process leading to
the
i
ntroduction of new courses,
major
changes to courses, and
minor
changes to courses

and modules

follows

the appropriate
formal

procedure
as
described in the Faculty’s Academic Procedures and Quality Manual
.


On the front sheet of this document, the date of course approval/review refers to the most
recent full approval/review event. The version date
will be that of the
most

recent event

at
which formal consideration

was given

to course changes
.


Further details about the course and document development may be obtain
ed from minutes
of the approval

or minor changes board. A history of the document
since the last full
approval/
review event
is summarised in the table below and further information relating to
past versions can be obtained from the Faculty

Office
.


Version

Event

Date of event

Authorised by

1.01

Approval meeting

8 April 2008

Dean of Faculty

1.02

Approval meeting
-

conditions

8 April 2008

Panel Chair

2
.01

RoLEx a
pproval

15 June

200
9

Dean of Faculty










DPS Networking Technologies

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Programme Specification


Diploma in Professional Studies (D
PS) Networking
Technologies


Date of Publication to Stude
nts: September 2009




NOTE:

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
course and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be
expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes advantage of the learning

opportunities that are provided. More detail on the specific learning outcomes,
indicative content and the teaching, learning and assessment methods of each
module can be found (1) at
https://mytid.bcu.ac.uk
, (2) in the Module Specifications
and (3) in
the Student Handbook.


The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed by the
University and may be checked within independent review processes undertaken by
the Quality Assurance Agency.




Awarding Institution / Body:


Birmingh
am City University

Teaching Institution:



Birmingham City University

Interim Awards and Final
Award:



Diploma in Professional Studies

Programme Title:


Networking Technologies

Main fields of Study:

Computer Networking (CCNA Exploration route)


Mode
s of Study:


Part time

Language of Study:



English

UCAS Code:


N/A

JACS Code:


N/A




Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points
used to inform programme outcomes:



QAA Benchmarking Group:
Engineering






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Programme

philosophy and aims


The aims of the programme
are to


Provide learners with:


knowledge and critical understanding of the well established principles relevant to
advanced applications and services associ
ated with computer networking, digital
home technology, Information and communication technology;


the ability to interpret and apply underlying concepts and principles to solve
problems in the work place and deploy key techniques effectively in a computer

networking infrastructure;


the ability to plan and design computer networking applications based on business
requirements by deploying cutting edge technologies;


a course that satisfies the market needs for computer networking working
professionals with

the critical knowledge and skills;


a wide range of transferable skills and knowledge to interpret concepts and
principles within the context of their professional practice.



Industrial Standard Certification


Where vendor
specific materials are embed
ded into the curriculum, students
are
provided
with the opportunity to obtain addition
al

industrial standard certification
,
such as Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT), Cisco Certified Network
Engineer (CCNA) and Comptia DHTI +.


Certification

is available on
-
site at Millennium Point via the Pearson Vue testing
facility.



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Intended learning outcomes and the means by which they are achieved and
demonstrated:


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of th
e programme, students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding :

KU1.

Advanced concepts of configuration and operation of routers and
switches in a computer networking infrastructure

KU2.

Fundamental requirements for internet and network communications.

KU3.

Prin
ciples of wireless communications.

KU4.

Fundamental concepts of administration of server and security
applications

Intellectual / cognitive skills:

IS1.

Demonstrate appropriate methods for configuration and verification of
routers and switches in a computer network

infrastructure

IS2.

Demonstrate appropriate methods for data communications.

IS3.

Ability to apply requirements of a wireless network

IS4.

Demonstrate appropriate methods for implementation of server and
security applications

Practical, research and independent learnin
g skills:

PS1.

Implement, verify and troubleshoot router and switch configurations.

PS2.

Complement and verify data transmission for internet and internet
communication

PS3.

Design, build and troubleshoot a wireless communications network.

PS4.

Install and configure a server
applications environment

Transferable / key skills:

TS1.

Able to use problem solving and planning skills to implement a computer
network configuration.

TS2.

Analyse business needs and devise appropriate data communication.

TS3.

Ability to critically plan installation so
lutions for secure computer Networks.

TS4.

Analyse business needs and devise appropriate solutions for sever and
Security applications





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Learning, teaching and assessment methods

used


Knowledge an
d understanding are acquired through formal lectures, laboratories &
exercises, practical demonstrations, tutorials and directed independent learning
activities. A range of assessment methods are employed, the criteria for each
module being published withi
n each specific module guide. Knowledge is assessed,
formatively and summatively, by a number of methods including seminars,
coursework and project work.



Intellectual skills are developed through the teaching and learning programme
previously outlined. A
nalytical and problem solving skills are further developed using
a range of appropriate real and theoretical case studies and problems and tasks
based learning scenarios. Assessment includes practical work, individual
assignments and written coursework.



The acquisition of appropriate and transferable practical skills is central to learning
strategy of the programme. Initiative and independence are focused throughout, and
developed incrementally as the course progresses. Emphasis is placed on guided,
self
-
directed and student
-
centred learning, with increasing independence of
approach, thought and process. Learners are encouraged to plan their work
schedules and are required to meet strict deadlines.



Formal feedback and assessment in transferable skills i
s obtained from three
elements of the course:


1.

DPS taught units;


2.

formal meeting with course director; and


3. Practical exercises providing an opportunity for demonstrating attainment in
transferable/key skills.






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Programme structure

and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards


The structure of the course, the modules, levels and credit values, and the awards
which can be gained are shown
in the diagram below. All modules are at Level 5.


Course Structu
re


DPS Networking Technologies


The award of
D
PS will be made on passing modules worth a total of 60 credits made
up from the following modules.

Students are free to select any combination of
modules and guidance on an appropriate selection will be provi
ded at enrolment.



15 credits


Accessing the WAN
DPS


FM5200


15 credits


Digital Home
Technology
Integrator Plus DPS


FM5222


15 credits


Fundamentals of
Wireless Networks
DPS


FM5231






15 credits


LAN Switching and
Wireless DPS


FM5256


15 credits


Routing Protocols
and Concepts DPS


FM5266


15 credits


Security Essentials
DPS


FM5267






15 credits


Server Essentials
DPS


FM5
268






Award of DPS = 60 credits at level 5




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Support for Learning

including Pe
rsonal Development Planning (PDP)


An induction programme dealing with orientation and dissemination of essential
information.


A dedicated Learning Centre with open
-
access learning materials, resources and full
-
time
staff specialising in a variety of sup
port areas.


A Student Handbook, containing information relating to the TIC, division, course and
modules.


Access to administrative staff and to academic staff, including the Course Director,
module leaders and Head of School, at reasonable times.


Acc
ess to the services of the Learning Centre and IT staff.


Access at main site to the University’s Student Services, including the careers service,
financial advisers, medical centre, disability service, crèche, counselling service and
chaplaincy.


Criter
ia for admission


Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the programme,
which are as follows:


Whilst there are no formal educational entry requirements for the course, a good level of
gene
ral education is necessary, particularly with regard to literacy and numeracy.


Mature individuals (21+ years) with relevant experience, and who may have had a lengthy
break from study might also be eligible for entry following an interview with the cours
e
director.


If the programme is

providing professional updating, an initial professional qualification or
substantial professional experience will be required.






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Methods for evaluation and enhancement of quality and standards

including
listening and responding to views of students


Committees:


The following faculty
committees are involved in
evaluation and enhancement
of quality, standards and
student experience: Board
of
Studies, Faculty Board,
Learning and Teaching
Committee, Academic
Standards and Quality
Enhancement Committee
,
Student Experience
Committee
.


Mechanisms for review and evaluation:

Review and evaluation processes in which students
are involved include an
nual course and module
reviews, course review and re
-
approval events,
professional body accreditation visits and external
examiner visits. Mechanisms for student input
include meetings with course tutors, feedback
questionnaires, faculty and university st
udent
satisfaction surveys and representation on the faculty
committees referred to above.


External examiners are members of examination
boards and their remit includes meeting students and
monitoring and reporting on academic standards.