Introducing Industrial Computer Networks into the Curriculum through a Partner Informed Case Study

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Today an increasing number of systems and devices are being interconnected. The popular perception of this Internet of Things is of domestic appliances existing in comfortable or air conditioned environments connected to the Internet. However many systems that need to be interconnected exist in harsh environments such as extremes of temperature or in hostile environmental conditions, for example railway trackside equipment, utility plants or even at the bottom of an ocean. The network devices employed in these systems must operate in such harsh conditions. Westermo Data Communications manufactures networking equipment of this nature, for what we might refer to as the field of Industrial Networking. There is increasing demand for personnel with the experience and expertise in the design, implementation and management of these industrial networking systems. This represents an opportunity for the future employability of students enrolled on the computer networking degree programme at Southampton Solent University. Westermo has partnered with the University to help develop the unique industrial networking skills required by this sector through means of a case study based on a real world industrial networking scenario. This paper discusses how students developed solutions to the case study based on research supported by practical experience with Westermo equipment and informed by supporting material from their own teaching programme. Students also have the opportunity to gain Westermo certification to provide supporting evidence of expertise in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputing Education from Enrolment to Employment. INSPIRE
Place of PublicationSouthampton
PublisherBCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9932889-7-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventBCS INSPIRE Conference 2017 - Southampton, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Apr 201711 Apr 2017


ConferenceBCS INSPIRE Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleINSPIRE 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom

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    Palmer, N., Batola, J., & Lane, A. (2017). Introducing Industrial Computer Networks into the Curriculum through a Partner Informed Case Study. In Computing Education from Enrolment to Employment. INSPIRE (pp. 21-31). BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.