Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Network Computing (Top Up)

Provided by Informatics Academy Singapore


Awarded by Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Course introduction


The combination of computers and telecommunications networks has changed our world. From the mobile phone in our pocket to the supercomputers used to model the earth’s climate, computers are an integral part of our work and social life today. Coupled with a massive increase in our communications infrastructure, this has resulted in a society where people are used to interacting with information and other people from all round the globe.
This has opened up exciting opportunities for people who know how to create and manage these networks and the computers that use them and a degree in networking computing can help you utilise this potential. To be an effective practitioner in this area requires the ability to stay up to date with rapidly changing technologies and the competence to apply these technologies effectively.
On completion of the course you will have gained a knowledge and understanding of the foundations, techniques, limitations, developments, trends and applications of network computing and will have experience and skills in designing, creating, developing and maintaining networks and the computers and software that runs on top of them.

Assessment Structure

Students will be assessed through a combination of coursework, project and examinations. Coursework may be in the form of class tests and assignments. Assessment methods may vary according to individual module requirements.

Assessment Structure Coursework Exam
Current Research 100% NA
Foundations Of Computation  30% 70%
Advanced Networking 30% 70%
Network Systems Management  100% NA
Network Security  50% 50%
Trends And Directions  100% NA
Project 100% NA

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Current Research - U08027

This module introduces students to selected areas of current research and development from sociological, technological and economic perspectives. Students work in groups to carry out a strategic analysis of a topic working in the style of an industrial technical analysis task force. Students also carry out an individual analysis of a selected topic. A range of topics will be covered in seminars led by specialist and guest lecturers, with practical experience in the topics. Not all seminars will be directly applicable to all subject areas, but there will be at least 3 relevant to each subject area and students will be required to attend them all in order to develop a broader awareness of current topics and trends.

Foundations Of Computation - U08025

This module covers the logical and mathematical concepts that underlie theories of computation. It introduces the notion that some problems are intrinsically more difficult than others (in a precise sense) and some problems are unsolvable. The module also aims to introduce students to the core concepts of formal languages and automata, which play key roles in the study of programming languages, and to develop practical skills in manipulating such entities.

Advanced Networking - U08077

A study of the construction and operation of advanced networking technologies and an analysis of the multimedia data transported over such infrastructure. This module includes investigating state of the art networking techniques used in metropolitan and wide area networks and examining the quality of service requirements of different types of data transported over them.

Network Systems Management - U08078

This module takes a strategic look at systems administration and considers how large networks may be managed and improved efficiently. The material covered in this module prepares the student to manage large networks according to appropriate IT governance procedures and to effectively lead system administrator teams.

Network Security - U08972

This module encompasses the material required for the Cisco CCNA Security professional certification. This module aims to provide in-depth coverage of the concepts and implementation of security mechanisms for network protocols and network hardware.

Trends And Directions - U08076

This module extends the experience gained by students in the 'Current Research' module. Given a minimal set of pointers into the literature, students are expected to develop a strategy for identifying, exploring and critiquing the relevant literature. The technical topics addressed will focus on current research and development in the domains of Mobile and Network Computing.

Project - U08096

An individually supervised project to investigate a chosen problem to form an extended study of a topic selected from a suitable area of the student’s programme of study and that involves the solution of a practical problem. The project is intended to culminate the course giving the students an opportunity to present the breadth and the depth of knowledge gained in their specialist topic.

Area of Studies

Progression Pathway

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Network Computing awarded by Oxford Brookes University, the student is eligible to apply for a Postgraduate programme.

Graduation Requirement

Upon successful completion of all modules, students will be awarded with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Network Computing awarded by Oxford Brookes University.

Entry Requirements


* International Diploma in Information Technology and Communication and International Advanced Diploma in Network and Computer Security awarded by Informatics Academy; OR 
* Other equivalent qualification deemed acceptable by University.

* Certificate in Proficiency in English awarded by 
   Informatics Academy; OR 
* IELTS – min score of 6.0 and other equivalent English qualification; OR 
* GCE O Level – C6 in English.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Course Duration

Full-time 12 months
Part-time 16 months

Delivery Model

Combination of lectures, tutorials and workshop conducted in classroom environment at Informatics Academy campus. Lessons are typically in blocks of 3-hour sessions.


January, May, September
Online learning options available for May Intake

Fees & Funding

Local (Full time/Part time): $14,500.00
International Full time: $16,800.00

* All fees exclude 7% GST