NOTE: Where the 2013 requirements for a programme differ from those previously published, care will be taken to ensure existing students are not disadvantaged.
Computer networks are a fundamental infrastructure in a modern society. The uses and importance of computer networks continues to increase. These networks include the Internet and the many private networks, such as those operated by banks, government agencies and large retail organisations. While all computing graduates need a basic understanding of computer networks, the networks specialisation prepares students to take a major role in this dynamic and growing area. Students will gain an understanding of how computers communicate at a physical and logical level, the strengths and weaknesses of different communications protocols, the technologies underlying the Internet and the trends and future of computer networks. The specialisation includes both practical and theoretical aspects of computer networks.
We list the Networks requirements in the form of a "degree planner". Where semesters are shown they refer to the 2013 schedule.
† BCMS regulation 8 requires 50 points from subjects in the field other than the major including at least 20 points above 100 Level. STAT121 will help satisfy these requirements and is strongly recommended in its own right. It also helps students keep their options open for changing to another major with the Faculty if desired.
* For the honours programme, the two 200 level papers in year 3 must be replaced by an additional two 300 level papers, and year 4 requirements are COMP520 Report of an Investigation (45 points) plus five COMP5XX papers (15 points each). Permission may be given to include up to 30 points at 500 level from outside Computer Science.
Elective papers may be replaced by papers at a higher level.
Admission to Honours Programme
To be eligible for honours candidates will require an average of B+ in at least 80 points at 300 level in Computer Science papers. This does not apply to double major students, who will be treated separately.