Programme Title
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Systems and Networks
Course Code

IT6-A01-23
Programme Includes:(Apprenticeship/ Placement or Internship)

Apprenticeship
MQF Level

Level 6
Type(refer to Appendix 1 for Parameters)

Qualification
Accreditation Status(Note: If the Type is Award or Qualification, therefore by default, the Accreditation Status should be Accredited)

Accredited via MCAST’s Self Accreditation Process (MCAST holds Self-Accrediting Status as per 1st schedule of Legal Notice 296/2012)
Mode of Delivery

Face to Face
Duration (hours or years)

3 Years
Total Number of Credits

180 Credits
Total Learning Hours (25 Total Learning Hours for each ECTS)

4500 Hours
Target Audience

Ages 16 – 65
Target Group (the type of learners that the educational institution anticipates joining this programme)

( Qualified Professional Developers / Computer Specialists interested in a career shift or in upgrading their skillset within Networking.
( Students that have completed an Advanced Diploma at MCAST ICT in Computer Systems and Networks.
( Students or individuals from the general public in possession of Mathematical / Scientific / Programming qualifications at Advanced Level.
Programme Fees

€19,500.00 (Applicable for Non-EU and Non-EEA Countries) – the fee mentioned here is indicative.  Please refer to www.mcast.edu.mt, as well as to MCAST’s MG2I International Section for any updated fees as well as terms of payments.
Date of Next Student Intake

2024-10-01
Language of Instruction

The official language of instruction at MCAST is English. All notes and textbooks are in English (except for language courses, which will be in the respective language being instructed). International candidates will be requested to meet English language certification requirements for access to the course.
Application Method

Applications to full-time courses are received online via the College Management Information System. Applicants can log-in using Maltese Electronic ID (eID) in order to access the MCAST Admissions Portal directly and create one’s own student account with the identity being verified electronically via this secure service.

Non-EID applicants need to request account creation though an online form after that they confirm that their local Identification Document does not come with an EID entitlement. . Once the identity is verified and the account is created on behalf of the applicant, one may proceed with the online application according to the same instructions applicable to all other applicants.

For more information about how to apply online for a course at MCAST, please visit: https://mcast.edu.mt/how-to-apply-online-2/

Information for Non-EU Citizens

Non-EU candidates require a study visa in order to travel to Malta and join the course applied for. For further information re study-visa please access https://www.identitymalta.com/unit/central-visa-unit/.
Address where the Programme will be Delivered

MCAST has four campuses as follows:

MCAST Main Campus
Triq Kordin,
Paola, Malta

All courses except for courses delivered by the Institute for the Creative Arts, the Centre of Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences and the Gozo Campus are offered at the Main Campus address (above).

Courses delivered by the Institute for the Creative Arts, the Centre of Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences, or the Gozo Campus, are offered in one of the following addresses as applicable:

Institute for the Creative Arts
Mosta Campus
Misraħ Għonoq Tarġa Gap,
Mosta

Institute of Applied Sciences
Centre of Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences,
Luqa Road, Qormi

Gozo Campus
J.F. De Chambray Street
MCAST, Għajnsielem
Gozo

In the case of courses delivered via Online Learning, students will be following the programme from their preferred location/address.

Programmes delivered via Blended Learning, and which therefore contain both an online and a face to face component shall be delivered as follows:

Face to Face components – as per above address instructions
Online components – from the student’s preferred address.

Course Description/Deskrizzjoni tal-Kors

English

Computer systems and networks are a growth area in today’s business environment due to the fact that there is a strong demand for highly skilled technical persons who can devise original solutions for complex problems in the context of IT and network implementation using modern techniques. This hands-on degree programme is intended for learners who wish to pursue a career in the world of computer systems and networks. In this course learners will be exposed to enterprise network technologies, data centre operations, service provider networks, information security, virtualisation, DevOps and cloud computing technologies. Due importance will also be given to emerging technologies which learners will find being implemented when they start working within the industry. A hands-on practical approach is adopted throughout the course.This course does not entitle the successful candidates to apply for an engineering warrant with the Engineering Profession Board of Malta on successful completion of the course.


Malti

Is-sistemi u n-netwerks tal-kompjuter huma qasam li qed jikber fl-ambjent kummerċjali tal-lum, minħabba l-fatt li hemm domanda kbira għal persuni tekniċi bi kwalifiki għoljin li jistgħu jfasslu soluzzjonijiet oriġinali għal problemi kumplessi fil-kuntest tal-IT u l-implimentazzjoni tan-netwerk bl-użu ta’ teknika moderna. Dan il-programm li jwassal għal baċellerat huwa maħsub għal studenti li jixtiequ jsegwu karriera fid-dinja tas-sistemi u n-netwerks tal-kompjuter. F’dan il-kors l-istudenti jiltaqgħu mat-teknoloġiji tan-netwerk tal-intrapriżi, il-funzjoni taċ-ċentri tad-data, in-netwerks tal-fornituri tas-servizzi, is-sikurezza tal-informazzjoni, il-virtwalizzazzjoni, DevOps u t-teknoloġiji tal-cloud computing. Tingħata wkoll l-importanza dovuta lit-teknoloġiji ġodda li qed jiżviluppaw u li l-istudenti se jsibu li jkunu qed jiġu implimentati fl-industrija meta jibdew jaħdmu. Dan il-kors huwa kompletament ta’ natura prattika. Dan il-kors ma jagħtix id-dritt lill-istudenti li jtemmu l-kors b’suċċess li japplikaw biex jinħarġilhom il-warrant ta’ inġinier mill-Bord tal-Professjoni tal-Inġinerija ta’ Malta.
Career Opportunities

Systems administrator, NOC engineer*, Technical support specialist, Network analyst, DevOps, Cloud infrastructure engineer*
*The term Engineer shall not carry or imply the meaning attributed to the term “Engineer” in Article 2 of the Engineering Profession Act (Chapter 321 of the Laws of Malta)
Entry requirements(Refer to Programme Specification)

MCAST Advanced Diploma in IT (Computer Systems and Networks)
or
MCAST Advanced Diploma in Electronics (Computer Engineering)
or
2 A-Level passes and 2 I-Level passes
Compulsory A-Level: Computing
and
Compulsory A-Level or I-Level: Mathematics (Pure or Applied) or Physics

Other Entry Requirements
A sound background in the use of English Language will be an asset for students to attain the best educational experience

Programme Learning Outcomes (Refer to Programme Specification)

At the end of the programme the learner will be able to:

1. Understand key technologies and protocols used in enterprise systems and
networks;
2. Design enterprise computer systems and networks according to a given
specification;
3. Implement enterprise computer systems and networks according to a given
specification;
4. Evaluate current and emerging network technologies.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment Procedures

The programmes offered are vocational in nature and entail both theoretical lectures delivered in classes as well as practical elements that are delivered in laboratories, workshops, salons, simulators as the module requirements dictate.

Each module or unit entails a number of in person and/or online contact learning hours that are delivered by the lecturer or tutor directly (See also section ‘Total Learning Hours).

Access to all resources is provided to all registered students. These include study resources in paper or electronic format through the Library and Resource Centre as well as tools, software, equipment and machinery that are provided by the respective institutes depending on the requirements of the course or module.

Students may however be required to provide consumable material for use during practical sessions and projects unless these are explicitly provided by the College.

All Units of study are assessed throughout the academic year through continuous assessment using a variety of assessment tools. Coursework tasks are exclusively based on the Learning Outcomes and Grading Criteria as prescribed in the course specification. The Learning Outcomes and Grading Criteria are communicated to the Student via the coursework documentation.

The method of assessment shall reflect the Level, credit points (ECTS) and the schedule of time-tabled/non-timetabled hours of learning of each study unit. A variety of assessment instruments, not solely Time Constrained Assignments/Exams, are used to gather and interpret evidence of Student competence toward pre-established grading criteria that are aligned to the learning outcomes of each unit of the programme of study.

Grading criteria are assessed through a number of tasks, each task being assigned a number of marks. The number of grading criteria is included in the respective Programme Specification.
The distribution of marks and assessment mode depends on the nature and objectives of the unit in question.

Coursework shall normally be completed during the semester in which the Unit is delivered.

Time-constrained assignments may be held between 8 am and 8 pm during the delivery period of a Unit, or at the end of the semester in which the Unit is completed. The dates are notified and published on the Institute notice boards or through other means of communication.

Certain circumstances (such as but not limited to the Covid-19 pandemic) may lead Institutes and Centres to hold teaching and assessment remotely (online) as per MCAST QA Policy and Standard for Online Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Doc 020) available via link https://www.mcast.edu.mt/college-documents/

The Programme Regulations pertaining to this Programme’s MQF/EQF level available at: link https://www.mcast.edu.mt/college-documents/, apply.

Grading System

All MCAST programmes adopt a Learner-centred approach through the focus on Learning Outcomes. The assessment of MCAST programmes is criterion-referenced and thus assessors are required to assess learners’ evidence against a pre-determined set of Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria.

For a student to be deemed to have successfully passed a unit, a minimum of 50% (grade D) must be achieved.

All full time units are individually graded as follows:
A* (90-100)
A (80-89)
B (70-79)
C (60-69)
D (50-59)
Unsatisfactory work is graded as ‘U’.

Work-based learning units are graded on a Pass/Fail basis only.

Detailed information regarding the grading system may be found in the Programme Regulations pertaining to this programme’s MQF/EQF Level available at: link https://www.mcast.edu.mt/college-documents/

Contact details for Further Learning Opportunities

MCAST Career Guidance
Tel: 2398 7135/6
Email: career.guidance@mcast.edu.mt
Regulatory Body/ Competent Authority Contact Details (where applicable – in the case of a programme leading to Regulated Profession)

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Last updated: 2024-07-13