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MSc Network Management and Cloud Computing

MSc Network Management and Cloud Computing

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Start
January, September
Duration
2 years part time
Attendance
Part Time
Fees (Total)
70,000
September 2020
Year 1 - 35,000 Year 2 - 35,000 (Part Time)

This applied course will give students an in-depth understanding of network management, providing them with a systematic understanding of the concepts and standards for network management, network management protocols and network management tools. The course looks at virtualisation and cloud computing, exploring and understanding modern data centres, virtualisation, distributed storage, MapReduce, NoSQL, platform services, web services and caching. Students will study online security risks, the steps needed to ensure that data is transmitted and stored securely and measures that can be taken not only to prevent breaches but to minimise damage if they do occur.

Why Study MSc Network Management and Cloud Computing?

The MSc programme will provide you with:

  • An awareness and understanding of the increasing values that information management provides to the business objectives of all organisations
  • The ability to involve both the management and the user in the process of awareness, decision and implementation of a computer network.
  • The ability to prepare a project budget and implementation strategy appropriate for the management of a major IT project.
  • The ability to evaluate the technical organisational and economic aspects of developments as new opportunities for business process redesign and/or expansion.
  • The ability to make a functional and technical design of an information system based on project goals and company’s standards and quality systems.
  • The ability to evaluate the performance of a communication system using analytical and/or simulation tools and manage the implementation of a complete communication design project.
  • Students have an edge as the University works with companies such as Microsoft, Dell EMC, IBM, Oracle and SAP in addition to being Cisco Net Academy – meaning the student will have access to the latest equipment and can make use of specialist teaching materials and workshops.
  • Programme content is enriched by providing industry engagement opportunities to students through industry speakers and field trips.
  • Opportunity for professional certifications e.g. CCNA, Dell EMC Associate certificate in Cloud Infrastructure and Services, Dell EMC Associate certificate in Data Science
  • ESD compliant Computer Engineering Lab with state-of-the-art National Instruments equipment
  • Opportunity to work on industry projects as part of final year projects and coursework
  • Opportunity to engage with high profile professionals at invited guest talks and field trips
  • Opportunity to participate at various IT competitions and Hackathons under faculty mentorship
  • Gain leadership experience by joining the MDX Computing Society
  • Entry to various events and talks open only to Universities that have MoU with the British Computer Society – Middle East section

The MSc Network Management & Cloud Computing programme is normally studied over two years on a part time basis or one year on a full time basis. The programme is divided into study units called modules. A module is a unit of study with credits according to the subject and nature of learning. Students take 180 credits, with each 30 credit module representing approximately 300 hours of student learning, endeavour and assessment.

Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information: http://www.mdx.ac.ae/life-at-university/academic-calendar

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  • Year 1

    • Operating Systems for Networked Environments (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on the design and implementation of modern networked Operating Systems The module examines key operating concepts including: processes and threads, memory management, file systems, inter-process communication (IPC), synchronisation, networking technologies, network interfaces and socket programming.  Practical experience of modern Operating Systems will be provided using labs on Linux and Windows 10.

    • Individual PG Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module is an independent piece of work shaped largely by one’s own decisions and preferences to accomplish and deliver a task via prescribed stages. The module aims to facilitate students’ understanding of designing, planning and conducting applied research. The module encourages students to apply and test theory and to contribute to applications, through enhancing students’ ability to handle data for problem solving and evaluation; to test theory using analysis and simulations, integrating the learning from other modules.

    • Network Security and Mechanisms (15 Credits) - Compulsory
      This is module covers the principles and foundations of network security. It aims at providing students with security issues, technologies, algorithms and protocols used in securing computer networks and associated systems. It will also provide an understanding of possible security breaches, security risk analysis and mechanisms to protect computer and network communication systems. It also studies an in-depth review of commonly-used security mechanisms and techniques, security threats and network-based attacks.
    • Enterprise Network Troubleshooting (15 Credits) - Compulsory
      This in-depth module provides a theoretical and practical overview of troubleshooting complex enterprise networks. It will enable you to communicate advanced network concepts to both networking experts and non-experts and apply the techniques you have learned to carry out projects. With at least 36 hours spent developing your skills in our industry-standard labs, the module focuses on turning you in to a qualified network manager, administrator and engineer with both problem solving and practical skills, such as selecting and configuring appropriate protocols.
    • Virtualisation and Cloud Computing (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module covers various issues relating to virtualisation and could computing, with at least 24 hours spent working in labs over the duration of the module. You will focus on exploring and understanding modern data centres, virtualisation, distributed storage, MapReduce, NoSQL, platform services, web services and caching. At the end of the module you will be able to critically assess a variety of cloud platforms, use quantitative and qualitative techniques to professionally design and implement scalable applications and services that execute in a distrusted computing environment, and evaluate the trade-offs and challenges when developing a cloud.
    • Network Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module is designed to help you develop into a network manager or engineer with advanced problem solving and practical skills, and includes at least 24 hours of lab work. It will provide you with a systematic understanding of the concepts and standards for network management, network management protocols and network management tools which are used in current and future communication infrastructures. You will complete the module with critical insight and practical experience of the essential computer network management tools, as well as their development, operation, monitoring and assessment.
    • Computer Networks and Internetworking (15 Credits) - Compulsory
      During this module you will develop a systematic understanding of the concepts, protocols and standards for computer networks and internetworking, used in current and future communication infrastructures. It is vital in today's networking market that network managers, administrators and engineers have a critical insight and practical experience of the essential tools used for monitoring, managing and evaluating computer networks. This module, which includes at least 12 hours spent working in labs, is designed to equip you with these problem solving and practical skills.

Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village Park (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. You can expect to attend one session per week per module, except where otherwise specified in the programme timetable and for the Dissertation module in which you will be working individually on your thesis with some supervised elements. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

Taught modules are devised to ensure active learning both of the subject matter and of the skills essential to postgraduate level study. In addition to scheduled class time, students are expected to undertake independent study doing research work, preparing for lectures and seminars and working in groups.

A number of assessment methods are used at Middlesex University, and these vary depending on the content of the modules being taught.

Assessment comprises a mixture of coursework, peer review, presentations and portfolio work. For example, you may give an oral presentation, read and comment on an academic article or write an academic essay. Case studies are used extensively. In addition, each module has a comprehensive range of on-line resources available to enhance your studies with us. You will receive detailed module handbooks each year with information on teaching and learning strategies, assessment methods and reading materials.

Academic and Work Experience Requirements

Minimum second class honours degree (UK) or an equivalent overseas qualification in computer science or networks, or in a field that provided significant exposure to IT, for example, management, business, mathematics, science or engineering. We also accept applicants with degrees in other fields who can demonstrate relevant industrial experience combined with extensive IT background.

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic

58

PearsonPTE General

Level 4

TOEFL-IBT home-based test

 

Accepted for 202010 only and in territories where standard version of the test is not available due to test centre closure  

Duolingo

Accepted for 202010 only

 

IELTS Indicator 

Accepted for September 2020 only and test certificate must be dated after 20 May 2020.

Note: this test is accepted only in territories where IELTS test centre is closed.  


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on admissions@mdx.ac.ae

The large sums invested in computer networks and services have created a global market for graduates with network skills and on completion of this course you will have excellent career prospects within this field. Opportunities range from the design and management of local area networks (LANs) to global wide area networks (WANs).

This course will leave you rightly placed for a role as a network or information systems manager, engineer or administrator, either working for a company in-house or for a firm specialising in network management, dealing with several clients. But a wide range of other roles will also be open to you in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors; or you could work freelance or move into project management, consultancy, academia or further research. You could even start your own business.

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