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BT MSc Module summaries (M2 - M24)

 
 *Module 02 - NETWORK FUNDAMENTALS

This is a broad course designed to introduce students to telecommunication network concepts and technologies and to enable students to evaluate modern NGN network infrastructure  This course aims to equip participants with a basic understanding of the infrastructure of the Internet and of wireless systems and show how communications networks and services are evolving.

 

*Module 07 - IP NETWORKING

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental ideas, technologies and protocols that constitute TCP/IP Networks and the Internet in particular.  The course starts with an introduction to IP principles like packet switching and Internet addressing. It then concentrates in some depth in Internet Routing and corresponding protocols. The rest of the module introduces the students to the several components of the Internet: Transport, Applications, Traffic Engineering and Management. An overview of MPLS is given and finally some topics of the next generation Internet are discussed.

  

*Module 09 – INTELLIGENT NETWORK & SERVICE  DESIGN – Syllabus under review for 08-09

The course will begin with an introduction to classic intelligent service architectures and their signalling and control structures.  The reasons for evolution to enterprise architectures will be developed as will the evolved protocols and the use of SIP control structures.  The concept of client intelligence will be discussed in the context of a number of possible service delivery platforms including IMS, WEB services and mobile services.   The discussion of OSA – Parlay service delivery platforms will lead to a hands on Workshop to build a specific service design.

 

*Module 14 – THE ICT BUSINESS

This course investigates the global ICT industry, the role of regulation and the development of strategies for competitive advantage in the ICT business.  Discussion of modern marketing principles will be linked through a study of CRM to methods of optimising customer service and service management.  The methodology of business case creation will be linked to current ICT case studies presented by practitioners in the field.  Given this course is intended for non-financial specialists, a day will be spent introducing the concepts of financial and management accounting and aspects of investment and corporate finance.  The course will conclude with a study of innovation and exploitation of technology leading to an analysis of the economics of next generation networks. Although much of this course applies to the ICT world, there will be some focus on the UK and on the challenges facing BT.

 

*Module 15 – MULTIMEDIA APPLICATIONS

Multimedia applications are seen as key revenue generators for NGN based broadband networks. This course gives a good overview on how to design state-of-the art multimedia systems and on how they work. The module aims to provide an understanding of the building blocks and the information components that make up multimedia, such as audio and video, and the various coding and analysis techniques used when storing and transmitting this information over multi-service networks. This module will also look at added-value services that are enabled by multimedia analysis and broadband networks, such as audiovisual surveillance, telecare, user-centred quality metrics, interactive gaming and interactive multimedia services.

This course also covers the underlying design requirements, human factors and standards, such as the MPEG family of coding and metadata standards. Important topics related to content processing and content distribution, including the creation of content description interfaces for large multimedia databases and their inherent copyright issues are discussed. Other important aspects of multimedia such as transcoding, content discovery and human factors of human-to-human multimedia applications are also considered.

 

*Module 16 – INTERNET APPLICATIONS

The course begins with a brief history and summary of basic Internet technologies their advantages and legacy problems.  It then examines the protocols and architectures that underlay the distributed object nature of the Internet in some detail; in particular the client-server based WEB and the challenges from peer-to-peer and the semantic web.  Relationships between HTML, SGML and XML are explored with some focus on programming XML based applications.  Properties of secure services such as confidentiality, authentication, integrity, non-repudiation, access control and availability are investigated.   A number of Internet technologies used for integration are explored, including information-oriented, service-oriented, portal-based and business process-oriented integration and the business process language BPEL is introduced.  A number of case studies are used throughout as demonstrators.

 

*Module 18 – BUILDING THE SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS CASE

 This module will present some of the important concepts, drivers and tools required to take a proposition, and to build a successful business case to "make the sale" to senior management.  Without a successful business case no proposition will actually be implemented, however brilliant in technical or service terms it is.  Issues, such as the market opportunity, market forecasts and constraints, infrastructure solutions, development actions, risk analyses, and investment requirements, will be discussed.  Consideration will also be given to the essential requirements needed to successfully run the service, including the implications of Quality of Service requirements and the management of customers, suppliers and content.  The module will include examples of commercial models, which will consider pricing and cash flow issues to establish whether there is a viable case or not.  References will include those to hypothetical business cases as examples of potential information based telecommunications services.

 

*Module 19 – MOBILITY

The course begins with an overview of mobile Standards, market and spectrum issues. A basic knowledge of technical aspects of digital mobile communication systems is also given which is essential for the students to understand the remainder of the course.  All aspects of the GSM and GPRS/EDGE and UMTS networks from the physical layer to application layer and from air-interface to core network are discussed.  A growing area of the course is focussed on broadband radio access networks, where the latest information and knowledge of all technical and commercial aspects of existing and emerging broadband wireless access networks outside the traditional cellular domain are discussed.  The course then moves to consider the evolution of mobile service architectures and service capabilities and will examine the need to shift away from IN and CAMEL structures towards enterprise models, open service architecture (OSA) and IMS, and SIP control structures.  Specific examples of data services, mobile Internet services, content and context based services will be discussed.  The course will conclude with discussions of mobile IP, convergence and integration of eg cellular and WLAN to invoke complex heterogeneous networks and a look at what the future may hold.

 

*Module 20 – BUILDING TOMORROW’S NETWORK

To understand how the whole network is designed, planned and implemented, with particular emphasis on creating the new next-generation network (NGN) platform.  Planning strategies will be considered for the access, core and mobile network platforms. The scope covers all the existing legacy and emerging network and system elements at all levels of services over fixed, multimedia, and mobile infrastructure.   The course starts with a strategic and holistic view of building a new network platform and then considers the constituent network parts, recognising the economic, service and performance parameters that impact on the quality of service perceived by customers.

 

*Module 21 – SECURITY IN A NETWORKED WORLD – Syllabus under review for 08-09

The module "Security in a Networked World" is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of network security as they pertain to modern internet hosted applications. Beginning with the basic cryptographic algorithms, the course develops knowledge of network security, including encrypted network protocols, and program security, including viruses, file protection mechanisms, firewalls and intrusion detection systems. It develops knowledge of security policy and threat assessment, and builds up to a model of application security. Public key infra-structure, and digital rights management are addressed. Legal, privacy, and ethical issues in computer security are also discussed.

A number of categories of staff will benefit from this course: integrators who have to deal with systems which have differing security constraints, managers who have to manage the development of large-scale systems, system development staff who have to deploy security technologies, security staff who wish to have a top-up in modern security techniques, management staff who are responsible for the procurement of systems quality, assurance staff who are increasingly being asked to involve themselves in security audits and procurement staff who have to evaluate bids from a security viewpoint.

 

*Module 22 –   END –TO –END BROADBAND

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental ideas, technologies, algorithms and structures that underlie broadband networks - starting with a review of the principles of specifically broadband networking technologies eg the DSL family, FTTH, cable modems and technologies used around the globe; switching and transmission systems, the optical layer, and internet access technologies including wireless broadband are studied; then moving on to consider particular key aspects in more detail, for example network reliability and network measurements.

 

*Module 23 –  ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN OF LARGE-SCALE SOFTWARE SYSTEMS

Large-scale software systems come in many forms.  They can be distributed, networked and/or component-based.  They often require significant infrastructure support, especially to facilitate the integration of legacy systems.  They are long-lived, and their components often evolve independently of one another.  And they increasingly exploit emerging technologies, such as service-oriented architectures and event-based communication.

This module will teach students the concepts, principles and issues underlying the architecture and design of large-scale software systems.  The module will begin with a brief review of basic principles of software design, particularly object-oriented design.  It will then present an in-depth treatment of several specialised topics, including principles of software architecture; the role of objects, components and object-oriented design in large-scale development; infrastructures for large-scale systems, with an emphasis on event-based communication and publish/subscribe middleware; advanced topics in design, including design patterns, design-by-contract, service-oriented architectures, architecture reviews, and model-driven development; and approaches for integration and interoperability of legacy systems and other independently-developed components.  Case studies will be used throughout drawn from Amazon, 5ESS switching system, SABRE, Akamai, SIENA, Napster & Lime Wire as appropriate.

 

* Module 24 -  SERVICES SCIENCE - NEW MODULE FOR 08-09

There is a growing interest in a science of services and service systems that would improve the quality and effectiveness of service delivery. This has paralleled the increasing use of ICT to provide and support services.

Services are delivered by service systems that incorporate both technology and people (including the end-user). Service quality is determined by the functionality of technical systems, the capabilities of staff and the management and organisational structures of the service provider.  Furthermore, customer perceptions of service quality are not only determined by what is provided (functionality) but also how it is delivered i.e. by the nature of their interactions with both the technology and company employees.  The emerging field of services science is, therefore, a multidisciplinary subject that draws on engineering, social and management sciences to understand and improve ICT-enabled services. 

This module integrates key ideas arising from research into service marketing, design, operations and innovation to provide students with an introduction to Services Science. 

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