Master of Networking and Systems Administration

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Master of Networking and Systems Administration

Graduate Certificate in Networking and Systems Administration
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CSU’s Master of Networking and Systems Administration offers an advanced course of study in the design, implementation and management of computer networks. Preparation for the world’s most popular industry certifications from major vendors such as Microsoft and Cisco is included as an integral part of the course.

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  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s Master of Networking and Systems Administration was developed in close consultation with the information technology (IT) industry. This course is ideal for those who aspire to move into senior positions within the networking and inter-networking discipline.

    Commence by studying topics on network protocols, hacking countermeasures and IT service management before following your own interests. Choose from subjects on wireless networking, virtualisation, network security, Active Directory, Exchange Server management and more. All students will conclude their studies with a capstone project.

    Entry to this course is available to those with professional IT experience or with a Bachelor degree. All subjects may be completed online without the need to attend on campus lectures or residential schools. CSU subjects are supported by a host of educational technologies that may include video lectures, laboratory simulations and chat rooms. 

    As a distance education student, you can complete the course in two years by studying in all three sessions each year. You can also fast-track completion by studying additional subjects in particular sessions. You might also choose to study fewer subjects or take temporary leave to fit in with your busy work and personal schedule.

    The Master of Networking and Systems Administration consists of 12 subjects:

    • six core subjects covering topics including networking protocols, hacking countermeasures, IT service management and professional communications
    • three academic electives chosen from subjects in wireless networking, Linux, virtualisation, network security and more
    • three industry electives typically based around an industry or vendor certification, chosen from subjects that cover Exchange Server management, Active Directory, Cisco networking and the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of this course will have career opportunities in areas such as:

    • network administration
    • network engineering
    • systems administration
  • Credit and pathways

    Applicants may receive up to 6 subjects credit for prior study if they can demonstrate that such study was completed at a recognised higher education institution within the last 10 years at postgraduate level. Industry certifications in the relevant areas will also be considered for credit

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Networking and Systems Administration

    The Graduate Certificate in Networking and Systems Administration consists of four core subjects.

    Core subjects
    ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITE519 IT Service Management
    MGI521 Professional Communications


    Master of Networking and Systems Administration

    The Master of Networking and Systems Administration consists of six core subjects, three restricted academic electives and three restricted industry electives.

    Core subjects
    ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation**
    ITE516 Hacking Countermeasures
    ITE519 IT Service Management
    MGI521 Professional Communications

    **Capstone subject

    Restricted Academic Electives (Choose 3)
    ITC513 Wireless Networking Concepts
    ITC514 Network and Security Administration
    ITC561 Virtualisation and Cloud Computing
    ITC593 Network Security
    ITC596 IT Risk Management

    Restricted Industry Electives (Choose 3)
    ITE514 Professional Systems Security
    ITE520 Managing Mail Servers
    ITE526 Practical Internetworking
    ITE527 Server Administration

    Enrolment pattern

    Graduate Certificate in Networking and Systems Administration

    Students may commence the course in Calendar sessions 1, 2 or 3. Note: The enrolment pattern below is divided by calendar sessions for the various intakes. The recommended session enrolments appear under each Calendar session enrolment and are distinguished by session number. Each session number represents Calendar session 1 or 2 depending on the course commencement session. As an example, for a student who follows the enrolment pattern and who commences the course in Calendar Session 2, 2014, session 1 refers to Calendar session 2 2014, session 2 refers to Calendar session 3 2014, etc.

    Calendar Session 1 intake

    Session 1
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    MGI521 Professional Communications

    Session 2
    ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
    ITE519 IT Service Management

    Calendar Session 2 intake

    Session 1
    ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
    ITE519 IT Service Management

    Session 2
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    MGI521 Professional Communications

    Calendar Session 3 intake

    Session 1
    ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
    MGI521 Professional Communication

    Session 2
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITE519 IT Service Management


    Master of Networking and Systems Administration

    Students may commence the course in Calendar sessions 1, 2 or 3. Note: The enrolment pattern below is divided by calendar sessions for the various intakes. The recommended session enrolments appear under each Calendar session enrolment and are distinguished by session number. Each session number represents Calendar session 1 or 2 depending on the course commencement session. As an example, for a student who follows the enrolment pattern and who commences the course in Calendar Session 2, 2014, session 1 refers to Calendar session 2 2014, session 2 refers to Calendar session 3 2014, etc.

    Calendar Session 1 intake

    Session 1
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    MGI521 Professional Communications

    Session 2
    ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
    ITE519 IT Service Management

    Session 3
    Academic elective subject
    ITE516 Hacking Countermeasures

    Session 4
    Academic elective subject
    Industry elective subject

    Session 5
    Academic elective subject
    Industry elective subject

    Session 6
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation
    Industry elective subject

    Calendar Session 2 intake

    Session 1
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITE519 IT Service Management

    Session 2
    ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
    MGI521 Professional Communications

    Session 3
    Academic elective subject
    Industry elective subject

    Session 4
    Academic elective subject
    Industry elective subject

    Session 5
    Academic elective subject
    ITE516 Hacking Countermeasures

    Session 6
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation
    Industry elective subject

    Calendar Session 3 intake

    Session 1
    ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
    MGI521 Professional Communications

    Session 2
    ITC542 Internetworking with TCP/IP
    ITE519 IT Service Management

    Session 3
    Academic elective subject
    Industry elective subject

    Session 4
    Academic elective subject
    ITE516 Hacking Countermeasures

    Session 5
    Academic elective subject
    Industry elective subject

    Session 6
    ITC571 Emerging Technologies and Innovation
    Industry elective subject

  • Admission information

    For entry to the Graduate Certificate or Master degree applicants are required to have a computing undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution (or a qualification deemed to be equivalent). Applicants with work experience and/or other academic and/or professional qualifications acceptable to the University will be considered.

    Applicants seeking entry to the Masters degree on the basis of IT work experience are encouraged to first apply through the Graduate Certificate in Networking and Systems Administration. On completion of the Graduate Certificate, entry to the Masters will be guaranteed, with full credit for subjects completed.

    Applicants should also complete the IT Masters Authority Form.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2014 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session
    2400*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Fee includes textbook for distance education students only

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2600*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol Type Mode Campus Fee type Session1 Session2 Session3 Admission Code
    Direct Distance Education Wagga Wagga FPPG Y Y Y OBWW
    Direct Distance Education Wagga Wagga FPOS Y Y Y JBWW

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

  • How to apply
    Supplementary application forms

    Master of Networking and Systems Administration Authority Form

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus (non-school leavers only), distance education and postgraduate study.

    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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