A communications network is a collection of terminals, links and nodes which connect to enable communication between users of the terminals. Networks may transfer voice, video or data, and each terminal in the network must have a unique address so that messages or connections can be routed to the correct recipients.
The Network and Communication Engineering major in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) focuses on computer network devices and computer network systems, particularly their design, implementation, remediation and security.
Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. You must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree). In each year you will study core (compulsory) papers, and select other papers from a range of options.
You also need to complete a minimum of 600 hours of planned supervised work placement prior to graduation. The aim of the work experience is to expose you to the engineering practices and management systems in the work environment.
Year 1 papers - 120 points in total
The Network and Communication Engineering major shares some of the first year papers with the other majors in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology. Papers also cover essential development skills in computer networking and telecommunications technologies.
714338 Engineering Mathematics (15)
705000 Engineering Design Communication (15)
705001 Electrical Engineering Principles (15)
705002 Electronics (15)
705003 Engineering Computing (15)
715001 Engineering Mathematics 1 (15)
735313 Digital Devices & Systems (15)
735325 Personal Computers Engineering and Applications (15)
Year 2 papers - 120 points in total
You advance your skills and progress to advanced levels of engineering mathematics, computer networking, telecommunication technologies and services. You may also select elective papers during your final 2 years of study. You have a compulsory engineering project, and are introduced to management and project management skills.
735316 Computer Network Principles (15)
735319 Telecommunications Technologies (15)
706001 Project (15)
706010 Engineering Planning (15)
736987 Telecommunication Network Services (15)
736392 Computer Network Applications (15)
Year 3 papers - 120 points in total
In the third year you will continue areas of advanced in-depth study in the specialised area of telecommunications and computer networking. The year includes management topics such as ethics and sustainability, and a full-year specialisation project where students use their knowledge in the development of software or hardware under the supervision and guidance of AUT engineering staff.
707005 Engineering Studies (15)
737335 Specialisation Project (30)
737202 Network Design (30)
716001 Engineering Mathematics II (15)
737003 Fields & Waves (15)
737201 Digital Systems Development (30)
737434 Electronic Systems (15)
737435 Communication Networks (15)
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Additional course information can also be found here.
Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.