University of Technology Sydney

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

Overview
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

Overview

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.1 Historically and Culturally Informed about Indigenous Knowledge Systems: FEIT graduates are culturally and historically well informed, able to co-design projects as respectful professionals when working in and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
B.1 Socially Responsible: Master of Science in Internetworking graduates engage and influence a broad range of diverse stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of computer system related values, needs, and priorities, identify and evaluate performance requirements (such as social, ethical, environmental, capital expense, safety, operational, maintenance, and reliability, quality and cost effectiveness) of novel technological problems and their impact on society.
C.1 Design Oriented: Master of Science in Internetworking graduates apply design thinking, creative and critical thinking, and decision making methodologies to propose solutions of computer system and implementation strategies, exercise professional judgement to evaluate and respond to computer system sustainability, constraints, risks, conflicts and uncertainties (social, economic and environmental) in solution design.
D.1 Technically Proficient: Master of Science in Internetworking graduates research, synthesise and evaluate concepts and theories in computer system technology and its different areas of practice and design (Networking, Network Service and Computer Architecture ), predict and judge the impacts of computer system solutions using ethical, social, commercial and environmental metrics of success.
E.1 Collaborative and Communicative: Master of Science in Internetworking graduates communicate effectively in a variety of ways (listening, speaking, reading, writing, negotiating) to manage and lead diverse teams and projects, collaborate formally and informally.
F.1 Reflective: Master of Science in Internetworking graduates self-review their own competence to practice, anticipate consequences of intended action or inaction and identify dilemmas in a computer system when they arise, seek and provide constructive reviews to improve themselves and their teams.

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 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

The sample program below shows a suggested sequence of subjects for a full-time student commencing the course in Autumn session. The program is intended as a guide only and does not take into account such factors as recognition of prior learning, changes in attendance mode and subject availability, or satisfactory academic progress. Students should consult the Timetable Planner to confirm the availability of subjects in the current academic year.

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 Cybersecurity   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

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887) or +61 2 9514 1222
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