University of Technology Sydney

C04224v4 Master of Science in Internetworking (Extension)

Award(s): Master of Science in Internetworking (MSc)
CRICOS code: 055279C
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 96
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
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 graduates from any field 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 students with a practical, hands-on learning experience using resources provided by Cisco Systems for internetworking, including routing, switching, security and wireless. 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 prepares students with undergraduate qualifications that are not in the field of ICT, for entry to the workforce as an ICT networking professional. Students who do have ICT qualifications can extend their learning. Students can develop multiple skills across the internetworking field according to interest and elective choices; for example, switching and routing, systems and network management and analysis, network security, mobility and web development. Students have the option of preparing for Cisco CCNA and CCNP certifications within the program.

Course aims

This program aims to:

  • retrain professionals wishing to move into ICT careers in networking
  • meet the needs of industry for computer network professionals
  • target a number of industry-based certifications: CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional), and CCNA Security
  • provide a thorough and practical grounding in networking, security, network design, administration and management
  • provide a solid foundation for the development of web and mobile applications
  • prepare students for professional practice through an understanding of project management, professional ethics, and the role of information systems in organisations, 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 (Extension) 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 (Extension) 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 (Extension) 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 (Extension) 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 (Extension) 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 was completed 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.

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 two years of full-time or four years of part-time study.

Course structure

The course totals 96 credit points of study, comprising a 24-credit-point stream of professional subjects, 30 credit points of core internetworking subjects, a 6-credit-point capstone subject (either research or industry-based) and 36 credit points of electives.

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

STM91195 Professional stream (Internetworking) 24cp
STM91026 Internetworking core 30cp
CBK91085 Internetworking choice 36cp
CBK91086 Research choice 6cp
Total 96cp

Course program

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

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

Year 1
Autumn session
32606 Database   6cp
32524 LANS and Routing   6cp
32144 Technology Research Preparation   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91085 Internetworking choice 36cp  
Spring session
32118 Mobile Communications and Computing   6cp
32548 Cybersecurity   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91085 Internetworking choice 36cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91087 Internetworking core options 6cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
32557 Enabling Enterprise Information Systems   6cp
32541 Project Management   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91085 Internetworking choice 36cp  
Spring session
32563 IT Professional and Society   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK91086 Research choice 6cp  
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
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 (C04160) and the Master of Science in Internetworking (Extension).

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for professional-level membership of the Australian Computer Society. Students can prepare for Cisco CCNA and CCNP industry certification.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
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