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 M.S. 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 the two core courses and two elective courses. (A grade of "B" or better is required in each course before the student is eligible for the master of science program.) 

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

Network Centric Systems Core Courses (these following courses are required)

Sys Eng 6321/ Comp Eng 6410 Modeling Complex Systems
 Engineering Systems of today are non-linear, distributed, global, and adaptive to their environment in both space and time, thereby creating emergent behaviors. This course covers the current modeling tools and techniques used in modeling and architecting these complex systems. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing.

Comp Eng 5410 Introduction to Computer Communication Networks 

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. Prerequisite: Comp Eng 3550 or computer hardward competency.    


Elective Courses (select two courses from the following)


Comp Eng 5110 Fault Tolerant Digital Systems

Design and analysis of fault-tolerant digital systems, with an emphasis on reliability, survivability, and recovery techniques. Prerequisites: Comp Eng 2210/ Comp Eng 2211 or equivalent introductory computer engineering course. 

Comp Eng 5420 Introduction to Network Security 
This course examines basic issues in network management, testing, and security; it also discussion key encryption, key management, authentication, intrusion detection, malicious attack, and insider threats. Security of electronic mail and electronic commerce systems is also presented. Prerequisite: Comp Eng 5410 or Comp Sci 4601. 

Comp Eng 5430/ Sys Eng 5323 Wireless Networks
Introduction to wireless communications and networking. Topics include tranmission fundamentals, wireless channel, coding techniques and error control, satellite and celluar networks, cordless systems, mobile IP and management, multiple access techniques and wireless protocols, wireless LAN, IEEE 802.11, and ad hoc and sensor networks. Prerequisite: hardware competency, Elec Eng 3420 or Comp Eng 3550 and graduate standing. 

Sys Eng 6322/ Comp Eng 6510 Resilient Networks
This course presents reliability and fault tolerance for network-centric systems, including models, metrics, and analysis techniques. This course also concentrates on security, including technical tools and methods for audit and assessment as well as management and policy issues. Prerequisite: Sys Eng 6410/Comp Eng 6410 or Comp Eng 5420.

Comp Eng 6420/ Sys Eng 6324 / Elec Eng 6430 Resilient Networks 
Introduction to ad hoc and sensor networks, IEEE standards, heterogeneity, quality or service, wireless channel issues, energy awareness, power and topology control, routing, scheduling, rate adapation, self-organization, admission and flow control, energy harvesting, security and trust levels, hardware and applications. Prerequisite: Comp Eng 5430 or Comp Eng 5420 or equivalent. 

Comp Eng 6430 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. Prerequisites: Comp Eng 5410 and hardware competency for ECE students, Comp Sci 4600 for computer science students, or consent of the instructor. 

Comp Eng 6440/ Comp Sci 6602 Network Performance Analysis
Provides an introduction to performance modeling and analysis of computer networks. Topics include stochastic processes; performance measurement and monitoring; quantitative models for network performance, e.g., Markovian models for queues; simulation; and statistical analysis of experiments. Prerequisites: Comp Eng 5410 or Comp Sci 4600; Stat 3117 or 5643. 

Comp Sci 6600 Computer Security 
The course presents various vulenerabilities 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, system-level, and application-level security. Prerequisite: A "C" of better grade in both Comp Sci 3600 and Comp Sci 5200. 

Comp Sci 6604 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. Prerequisite: Comp Sci 4601. 

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.