Graduate Certificate - Network Centric Systems

The area of Network Centric Systems has evolved from recent advances in information technology and the increased level of interconnectivity that society has achieved through the Internet and Broadband communication technology. The area of Network Centric Systems has grown due to advances in information technology and increases in connectivity due to the convergence of computing and communications.

Network Centric Systems are frequently “Systems of Systems” with complex interfaces and interactions. The Graduate Certificate in Network Centric Systems is a joint effort between Computer Engineering and Systems Engineering. It provides practicing engineers with the necessary skills to develop and design the operation of network centric systems. The graduate courses selected for the program will count towards an MS degree in Systems Engineering or Computer Engineering and they address the intersection between network engineering and systems engineering and architecting. The requirements are the successful completion of a core course and three elective courses.

For prerequisites regarding the courses below, please visits the Catalog of Courses provided by the Registrar's Office.

Core Course

SysEng 6321 (419) Network-Centric Systems Architecting and Engineering
Network-centric systems comprises a diverse category of complex systems whose primary purpose is providing network-type services. Network-centric systems are also known as collaborative systems. This course addresses the intersection between network engineering and the needs of systems architecting and engineering.
Co-listed: CpE 6410

Elective Courses (select three)

CpE 5110 (317) Fault Tolerant Digital Systems
Design and analysis of fault-tolerant digital systems. Fault models, hardware redundancy, information redundancy, evaluation techniques, system design procedures.

CpE 5410 (319) Digital Network Design
Design of computer networks with emphasis on network architecture, protocols and standards, performance considerations, and network technologies. Topics include: LAN, MAN, WAN, congestion/ flow/error control, routing, addressing, broadcasting, multicasting, switching, and internetworking. A modeling tool is used for network design and simulation.

CpE 5420 (349) Trustworthy, Survivable Computer Networks
This course examines basic issues in network management, testing, and security; it also discusses key encryption, key management, authentication, intrusion detection, malicious attack, and insider threats. Security of electronic mail and electronic commerce systems is also presented.

SysEng 5323 (348) Wireless Networks
Introduction to wireless communications and networking. Topics include transmission fundamentals, wireless channel, coding techniques and error control, satellite and cellular networks, cordless systems, mobile IP and management, multiple access techniques and wireless protocols, wireless LAN, IEEE 802.11, and adhoc and sensor networks.
Co-listed: CpE 5430

SysEng 6324 (443) Wireless Adhoc and Sensor Networks
Introduction to adhoc and sensor networks, IEEE standards, heterogeneity, quality-of-service, wireless channel issues, energy awareness, power and topology control, routing, scheduling, rate adaptation, self-organization, admission and flow control, energy harvesting, security and trust levels, hardware and applications.
Co-listed: CpE 6420

CpE 6430 (448) High Speed Networks
A state-of-the-art survey of high-speed networks, modeling and simulation, quality of service (QoS) for multimedia applications and management schemes, TCP congestion control, ATM and Internet traffic management, Internet Service Architecture (ISA), and Internet Routing Protocols.

CS 6600 (463) Computer Security
The course presents various vulnerabilities and threats to information in cyberspace and the principles and techniques for preventing and detecting threats, and recovering from attacks. The course deals with various aspects and layers of security: data-level, network-level, systems-level, and application-level security.

CS 6604 (467) Mobile and Sensor Data Management
Architectures of mobile computing systems: Mobile-IP support in mobile computing systems; location data management, broadcasting and indexing, replication control; caching, fault tolerance and reliability of mobile systems; adhoc and sensor routing schemes; key management.

SysEng 6322 (449) Network Centric Systems Reliability and Security
This course presents reliability and fault tolerance for network-centric systems, including models, metrics, and analysis techniques.  This course also concetrates on security, including technical tools and methods for audit and assessment as well as management and policy issues.
Co-listed: CpE 6100

Admission Requirements
This certificate program is open to all persons holding a BS, MS, or PhD degree with a degree in Engineering or hard science with a minimum cumulative GPA or 2.75 and who have a minimum of 12 months professional employment experience or are currently accepted into a graduate degree program at Missouri S&T

Once admitted to the program, the student must take the four designated courses.  In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student pust have a cumulative GPA or 3.0 or better in the certificate courses.  Once admitted into the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program.

Students admitted to the Certificate Program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the coutrses they complete.  If the four-course sequence is completed with a grade of "B" or better in each of the courses, they will be admitted to the appropriate MS program if they apply.  The Certificate course taken by students admitted to the MS program will count towards their master's degree.  Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take the courses in the Certificate Program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal Certificate courses.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure
Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2010-11 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011).