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B.Sc. TELECOMMUNICATIONS & COMPUTER NETWORKS



Programme Description

This programme provides theory and practice for telecommunication and computer network engineering career outlets; It equips the graduates with practical skills and knowledge which enables them to play a leading role in the in the growing telecommunications industry.

The knowledge and skills developed in this programme will help students understand the technologies that underpin computer and telecommunication networks, as well as the ways in which these networks are designed and managed. Students will investigate 21st century networks and the integration of circuit switching and packet switching technologies to produce cost effective services for industry. There is an increasing dependence by modern businesses on diverse network technologies. This demands efficient design and management skills from network communication systems engineers. The course has been designed to give a strong grounding in those skills which a modern network developer, engineer or manager should possess. Effective network design and management is crucial for these systems as they ensure that the people using them benefit from their full potential.

Students who wish to leave the programme after successfully completing Year 1 will be able to achieve a Certificate in Telecommunication and Computer Networks award. Students who wish to exit the programme after successfully completing Year 2 will be eligible for an Associate Degree in Telecommunication and Computer Networks award. Students who successfully complete 90 credits over the 3 year period may be eligible to exit with a BSc award.

Criteria for Admission

The Entry Level Requirement for the programme consists of the following:

Five (5) O-Level (or equivalent) passes including Mathematics (CXC grade I or II / GCE grade A or B), English (CXC grade I, II or III / GCE grade A, B or C), and a Science Subject – preferably Physics (CXC General Proficiency – grade I, II or III / GCE equivalent grade A, B or C) and at least two A-Level Passes (CAPE or GCE).

Students who fail to meet the above entry requirements can gain entry through:

  • Diploma in Information Technology / Electrical or Computer Networks from approved Caribbean Tertiary Level Institutions with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 and above
  • The Associate Degree in Telecommunication Technologies from Advanced Solutions Technical Institute

OR

  • Associate Degrees in Computer Networks or Electrical Engineering from approved Caribbean Tertiary Level Institutions with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 and above.
  •  Mature Entry Route (21 years and over) with at least three years related work experience.

Target Audience / Student Profile

This programme targets individuals both local and international and industry professionals who are interested in pursuing a career inTelecommunications and Computer Networks. A minimum class size of 15 students is necessary for the programme to run economically.

Major Pathway and Job Opportunities

The knowledge and the skills students will gain by completing this programme will enable he / she to gain a range of jobs in a number of industries, including the telecommunications, digital media, energy and financial industries. Our graduates have excellent problem solving, team-working and communication skills which makes them very attractive to modern interdisciplinary engineering companies. The following are job opportunities available to graduates:

  • Network Analyst
  • Network Administrators
  • Telecommunications Engineers
  • Business Analyst
  • Information and Communications Manager
  • System Administrator
  • System Engineer

Unique Features

One of the greatest advantages for students enrolled in the BSc Telecommunication and Computer Networks is the unparalleled access to internship. These opportunities enable students to enrich their education with hands-on experience and to apply lessons learned in the classroom to professional settings. Students who maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 per year will have the opportunity to undergo a 9- to 11-week internship assignment occurring between June and August of each year.