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FdSc Networking and Cyber Security

Start Date: 13th September 2021

Newcastle College Computing 1
  • Length 2 years
  • Study Full-Time
  • Location Rye Hill Campus

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FdSc Networking and Cyber Security (awarded by NCG)

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This exciting Networking and Cyber Security degree is the only one of its kind in the North East that focuses solely on networking and cyber security, and has been developed with input from industry professionals. You will build secure networks, assess the vulnerability of networks and carry out open source investigation.

You will be analytical, methodical and have a curious mind with the ability to make decisions and problem solve. You will use industry standard Cisco equipment as well as network simulation software and learn Python programming and Windows servers administration, all from tutors with extensive knowledge and experience of networking and cyber security. You will also have the opportunity to study a Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) qualification of your choice. 

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Daily tasks:

  • Reports on IT activities to senior management.
  • Plans and monitors work and maintenance schedules to ensure agreed service levels are achieved.
  • Supervises the technical team and coordinates training.
  • Takes responsibility for managing the development of a specialist aspect of IT provision such as user support, network operations, service delivery or quality control.
  • Liaises with users, senior staff and internal/external clients to clarify IT requirements and development needs.
  • Plans, coordinates and manages the organisation.

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Daily tasks:

  • Reports on project or programme to senior management and/or client.
  • Coordinates and oversees implementation of the project or programme.
  • Monitors progress including project/programme budget, timescale and quality.
  • Manages third party contributions to the programme or project.
  • Coordinates and supervises the activities of the project/programme team.
  • Plans the stages of the project or programme, reviews actions and amends plans as necessary.
  • Works with client or senior management to establish and clarify the aims, objectives and requirements of the IT project or programme.

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Daily tasks:

  • Works closely with clients to implement new systems.
  • Researches, analyses, evaluates and monitors network infrastructure and performance.
  • Examines existing business models and flows of data and designs functional specifications and test plans for new systems in order to meet clients.
  • Provides advice and assistance in the procurement, provision, delivery, installation, maintenance and use of IT systems and their environments.
  • Communicates the impact of emerging technologies to clients and advises upon the potential introduction of such technology.
  • Undertakes feasibility studies for major IT developments incorporating costs and benefits, and presents proposals to clients.
  • Liaises with internal/external clients in order to analyse business procedure, clarify clients.

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Daily tasks:

  • Maintains documentation to track and log work in progress and completed.
  • Advises on and installs operating soft/firm ware and may carry out upgrades.
  • Repairs or replaces defective components.
  • Diagnoses hardware related faults.
  • Installs, tests and maintains computer-related hardware (processors, memory chips, circuit boards, displays, sensors, data storage devices, printers, etc.) according to given specifications.

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Daily tasks:

  • Acts as a liaison between users, outside suppliers, and other technical teams.
  • Performs server backup and recovery operations and restarts systems following outages.
  • Identifies problems, agrees remedial action and undertakes emergency maintenance if required.
  • Analyses systems and makes recommendations to improve performance.
  • Schedules and performs system maintenance tasks, such as loading user applications, programs and data.
  • Configures and sets up new server systems.
  • Administers, monitors and supports internal/external networks, servers, email, database and security systems.

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Daily tasks:

  • Reports on commonly occurring queries to detect underlying problems.
  • Maintains a log of work in progress, calls received, actions taken and problems detected.
  • Researches possible solutions in user guides, technical manuals and other documents.
  • Refers more complex or intractable problems to appropriate IT professionals.
  • Facilitates user access to systems.
  • Installs and upgrades hardware, cables, operating systems and/or appropriate software.
  • Advises users on how to resolve hardware and software problems.
  • Provides technical support to IT users.

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