Software for Network Services and Design

  • 150 hours
  • 4 days teaching, 3 hour tutorial, optional exam


This hands-on four-day short course/CPD module will give you exposure to, and experience of, a range of software skills appropriate to communication engineering.

It will address the increasingly important role of object oriented (OO) software techniques in telecommunications.

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, hands-on activities and demonstrations.

You don't need any prior knowledge of programming skills.

The course is run by UCL's Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Who this course is for

The department's courses/CPD modules are aimed at those working in the telecommunications industry such as researchers, engineers, IT professionals and managers. 

They're particularly suited to graduates in electronic and electrical engineering, physics, communications engineering and computer science who want to further their knowledge on a particular topic, or work towards a Master's degree. 

You don't need any prerequisite qualifications to take this course.

Course content

You'll cover the following areas during this course:

  • Introduction to computer programming and to network-programming-specific paradigms
  • Introduction to the Java programming language with a strong emphasis on object orientation (OO)
  • Network programming (covered in detail), namely socket programming for TCP, UDP and Multicast
  • Introduction to the Android development process with an emphasis on a network API
  • Introduction to software engineering and the relationship between software design and programming.

For the optional assessment you'll be asked to program an Android application.

Structure, certificates and assessment

The course runs over four days, followed by a two-hour tutorial and an optional two-and-a-half hour assignment.

The assessment will consist of coding and written assignments, some of which will be carried out during the course.

A certificate of attendance will be issued on completion for those who take the module but not the assignment. 

If you take and pass the assignment you'll get a certificate stating this, which includes your pass level.

Benefits of UCL's Electronics and Electrical Engineering CPD courses

You can take this course as a standalone (one-off) course/module, or accumulate it towards an MSc qualification (up to two standalone modules can be transferred towards the flexible MSc degree).

Benefits to employees
The programme offers the opportunity for professional people working in the telecommunications industry to develop their career, be able to respond to changes in their environment, and learn while they earn. It's also designed to give you the opportunity of working towards an MSc qualification from an academic institution whose quality is recognised world-wide.

Benefits to employers
Our flexible CPD courses enhance staff motivation and assists in the recruitment and retention of high-quality staff. It enables your company to keep ahead of the competition by tapping into world-leading research, and to profit from UCL’s world class Telecommunications and Business expertise.

View the full range of related courses available.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • program simple programs in Java using object orientation
  • program a client/server application using Java sockets that use TCP, UDP and Multicast
  • design and implement network applications for mobile devices using the Android development kit
  • understand the fundamentals of software engineering design

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Course team

Dr Miguel Rio

Miguel's areas of interest include:
• internet congestion control
• quality of service
• routing and QoS routing
• multicast
• traffic analysis

Course information last modified: 18 Jun 2018, 16:37