Duration: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time).
Simple timetable information: Part-time - 1 day per week.
Course units Year 1 Semester 1 – Introduction to Data Communications – Introduction to Network Programming – Multimedia Technologies – Multimedia Authoring Techniques Semester 2 – Distributed Systems and Internetworking – Internet Protocols and Technologies – Internet Management and Security – Research Planning and Management Summer Period – Project
Course description Internet, involving the world wide web-based technologies, is now an essential component for the functioning of all successful commercial and industrial organisations. This provides a rapidly expanding market for qualified personnel with skills to support and develop the complex web-based applications. Key roles exist for people with the artistic talent and an in-depth knowledge of the supporting internet technologies to exploit the full potential of the available resources and to be instrumental in specifying the next generation of tools, appropriate for the development of their organisations.
This course focuses on a balanced multidisciplinary approach to the development of multimedia contents and their distribution within a networked environment, using a combination of sophisticated computer tools and techniques. It provides a sound understanding of the underlying engineering principles that are applicable to the use of the software, network and computer systems. A special emphasis is given to the web-based applications and the key technical skills for developing interactive, database driven, multimedia web applications.
Students are given hands-on experience of various computer techniques, for example, the multimedia content generation for web and studio-based applications, web server configuration, firewalls/network configuration and management, routing and gateway configurations and Linux clustering etc, amongst others.
Career opportunities Students successfully completing this course are expected to find jobs both as research and development staff and as technical support staff in areas such as website engineering, networking technologies, intranet server and database, Java networking programming, graphic user interface, multimedia authoring, and video displays. The candidates with an artistic flair will particularly benefit from this course in developing careers for the media and related studio industries which require multidisciplinary skills and in enhancing support for their own hobby-based applications through keeping abreast of the relevant technologies.
Typical background of applicant A good Honours degree in a Computing/IT/numerate subject, or an equivalent level CEng/Graduate diploma in an aspect of the relevant specialism, or an unclassified degree (or equivalent) together with further study/experience that is deemed equivalent. All applicants must have good written, interactive and social skills. Applicants may be asked to submit a written aptitude test before interview.
Professional contacts/industry links MSc Internet and Multimedia Engineering is also offered in collaboration with Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China. Please note that this option is usually only appropriate for students of the Partner Institute.