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C04160v7 Master of Science in Internetworking

Award(s): Master of Science in Internetworking (MSc)
CRICOS code: 043341A
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information


This course is intended for computing science, information technology or engineering graduates, with or without networking experience, who wish to learn or extend their knowledge of networking and networking technologies. As students come from a variety of backgrounds, there is a degree of subject choice in the program to meet individual needs.

The internetworking program provides practical, hands-on learning experience using various resources, including the support provided by Cisco Systems for broad computer network and relevant applications, including routing, switching, security, wireless, mobile computing, web systems, cloud computing and operating systems. Advanced electives in internetworking are available. The program covers all aspects of the organisational use of networks: design, implementation, security, management, end systems and applications.

This course allows students to develop multiple skills across the internetworking field and the relevant application development field, according to interest and elective choices, for example, switching and routing, systems and network management and analysis, network security, mobility, cloud computing, computer network application development and web development.

Course aims

This program aims to:

  • meet the needs of industry for computer network professionals
  • target a number of industry-based certifications: CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional), and CCNA Security
  • retrain IT professionals wishing to move into computer networking and its relevant fields
  • provide a thorough and practical grounding in networking, network design, network administration and network management
  • provide a solid foundation for the development of web and mobile application, and
  • meet students' needs by allowing specialisation through project work and subject choice.

Career options

Career options include computer network and systems engineer, network administrator, network analyst and security specialist. Depending upon electives chosen, other career options include applications developer, network architect, cloud computing specialist or network manager.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.0 Engineering and IT take place within the larger context of society and the environment, which encompasses social, economic and sustainability needs
A.1 Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs
A.2 Establish priorities and goals
A.3 Identify constraints, uncertainties and risk of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
A.4 Apply principles of sustainability to create viable systems
A.5 Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behaviour, including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
B.0 Engineering and IT practice focuses on problem-solving and design, where artifacts are conceived, created, used, modified, maintained and retired
B.1 Identify and apply relevant problem-solving methodologies
B.2 Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications
B.3 Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures
B.4 Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability
B.5 Implement and test solution
B.6 Demonstrate research skills
C.0 Abstraction, modelling, simulation and visualisation inform decision-making and are underpinned by mathematics, as well as basic and discipline sciences
C.1 Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation
C.2 Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices
C.3 Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations
D.0 Graduates must have capabilities for self-organisation, self-review, personal development and lifelong learning.
D.1 Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (Manage self)
D.2 Reflect on personal and professional experiences to engage in independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning
E.0 Engineering and IT practice involves the coordination of a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities to arrive at problem and design solutions
E.1 Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose
E.2 Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multilevel, multidisciplinary and multicultural setting
E.3 Identify and apply relevant project management methodologies
F.0 Graduates must possess skills, knowledge and behaviours to operate effectively in culturally diverse workplaces and a changing global environment
F.1 Be able to conduct critical self-review and performance evaluation against appropriate criteria as a primary means of tracking personal development needs and achievements
F.2 Appreciate ethical implications of professional practice
F.3 Understand cross-cultural issues (regions or workplaces)
F.4 Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations and specifications)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

It is a requirement that the bachelor's degree be in information technology or a related discipline, with a minimum GPA of 4.7/7 and no more than 25 per cent of subjects failed.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

Two years' experience in networking or in another position in the IT industry is desirable. Applicants without work experience are also considered.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have previously undertaken postgraduate study in information technology (or equivalent) may be eligible for up to 24 credit points of recognition of prior learning (RPL). Study completed more than three years prior to the date of admission cannot be recognised.

The substitution of core subjects to an alternative/advanced postgraduate subject in a similar field of study may be granted.

Recognition of prior learning (including subject exemption and subject substitution) for the networking subject 32524 LANs and Routing may be considered for holders of a CCNA or CCNP certification with recent relevant work experience. Applicants are normally required to pass a challenge test to demonstrate equivalent learning. The same applies to those who have completed the CCNA curriculum in TAFE Certificate IV and/or Diploma. The challenge test normally takes place in the week prior to the commencement of classes. Applicants must obtain faculty approval prior to attending the challenge test.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is one-and-a-half years of full-time or three years of part-time study.

Course structure

This course totals 72 credit points of study, including 48 credit points for completion of the graduate diploma, plus a further 24 credit points of elective subjects, comprising either optional research methodologies and project subjects or elective coursework subjects. In some circumstances, it may be possible to choose two electives from outside the list, provided they are approved by the course coordinator.

Where applicable, project topics should be relevant to students' professional career goals and should be an area of current research interest in their area of study.

Course completion requirements

STM91026 Internetworking core 30cp
CBK91085 Internetworking choice 36cp
CBK91086 Research choice 6cp
Total 72cp

Course program

A typical full-time program for students commencing in Autumn session is shown below.

Note: Subjects listed as electives may not be offered if there is insufficient demand or a lack of necessary resources.

Year 1
Autumn session
32118 Mobile Communications and Computing   6cp
32524 LANS and Routing   6cp
32144 Technology Research Preparation   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91087 Internetworking core options 6cp  
Spring session
32548 Cyber Security Essentials   6cp
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
CBK91085 Internetworking choice 36cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91086 Research choice 6cp  
Select 18 credit points from the following:   18cp
CBK91085 Internetworking choice 36cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Internetworking (C11145), the Graduate Diploma in Internetworking (C07080), the Master of Science in Internetworking and the Master of Science in Internetworking (Extension) (C04224).

Professional recognition

Students can prepare for Cisco CCNA and CCNP industry certification.

Other information

Students enrolled in UTS: Information Technology degrees (undergraduate and postgraduate coursework) are advised to direct all their course-related inquiries to:

Building 10 Student Centre
Building 10, level 2, foyer (Jones St entrance)
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887) or +61 2 9514 1222