City of Bristol College

FdSc Communication and Computer Networks

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • BFDA104 Digital Electronics

      This is a foundation module in digital electronics and computer control, which introduces digital devices and provides a background in the principles, design and applications of combinational and sequential logic circuits.

    • CCN101 Electrical and Electronic Principles

      The module introduces: passive and reactive devices, D.C. and A.C. circuit principles, elementary electric and magnetic field theory.

    • CCN105 Communication Network Principles

      This module introduces the concepts of electronic communication over a distance, the associated problems in achieving this and the principles of carrying data through communications media.

    • CCN111 Optical Fibre Communication Systems

      This module covers the basic principles of light transmission in optical fibres, the differing modes of propagation and the types of fibre in common use. The physical properties and operating principles of a range of light sources and detectors are also covered. The performance of complete fibre optic communication systems and their design is covered.

    • COBC1021 Computer Systems Architecture

      In this module the student will learn about number systems, basic and extended computer architectures, instruction sets, RISC computers, memory systems and Internet-aware devices.

    • COBC1027 Computer Network Principles

      This module introduces the architecture and components of computer networks. It is designed to cover the topics required for students to obtain the CCNA Modules "Network Fundamentals" and "LAN Design".

    • COBC1039 Computational Methods

      This module introduces the mathematical methods and techniques needed to understand computing and electronic communications theory and concepts, as well as those needed to develop effective systems in those fields.

    • COBC1152 Project (Group)

      In this module a student will work with others to develop a computer system (program, database or website) to meet an external client's requirement.

    • COBC1195 Introduction to Programming

    • COBC1196 Project (Individual)

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CCN215 Project

      The purpose of this module is to provide the vehicle for the full integration of all the skills learned during the programme, culminating in the production of a practical and commercially acceptable product which can be evaluated.

    • CCN216 Fault Diagnosis

      This module develops a systematic and structured technique in the identification, location and correction of faults within a system or sub system.

    • COBC2025 Wide Area Networks and Protocols

      This module describes the components, architecture and operation of routers. It describes routing principles and protocols. The module discusses WAN technologies and services, network monitoring and troubleshooting.

    • COBC2167 Mobile Communications and Network Programming

    Optional modules
    • BFDA203 Microprocessor and Embedded System Design

      This module introduces the design of microprocessor hardware, microprocessor architecture and appropriate programming techniques. The course has a strong practical bias where students are required to solve various problems by programming existing hardware and culminating in a team project to design, construct, program and test a microprocessor based system.

    • CCN224 Microwave and Satellite Communication Systems

      This module introduces students to the principles of microwave and satellite systems. It includes the hardware, modulation techniques, signal path loss, link power budget calculations and satellite orbits and networks.

    • COBC2015 Security

      This module looks at protection mechanisms appropriate to IT systems, focusing upon technologies that are appropriate regardless of whether a system is implemented as part of a network.

    • COBC2016 Advanced Databases

      To enable the student to gain understanding of DBMS systems in a multi-user and client-server environment and to give the student experience of creating, administering and managing a database in a multi-user environment.

    • COBC2017 Human Computer Interaction

      This module enables students to appreciate the importance of design in application development.

    • COBC2024 Computational Methods B

      Mathematical methods and techniques to support the mathematical models employed to teach electronic communication engineering.

    • COBC2168 Network Administration

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Our partnership with City of Bristol College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with City of Bristol College

One of the largest colleges in the UK, we offer the widest range of career-focused, higher education courses in the area. With most of our courses based in our dedicated University Centre, you’ll enjoy expert tuition and a supportive learning environment.

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