BSc (Hons) Computing (Networking, Security and Forensics)

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Overview

UCAS Code:I290
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2017, September 2018
Department:Department of Computer Science
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Computing at Edge Hill University ranked in the top two in the North West for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016;
  • Develop valuable employability skills and experience during Year 2, with the additional option of undertaking a year out in industry before your final year;
  • Initial accreditation awarded by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

BCS Accredited Degree

The systems and information that networks contain are key assets for organisations and so it is essential they are run professionally. This degree will prepare you to manage modern IT infrastructures, but will take you beyond technical network administration to integrate IT management, project management, network theory and practice, and security and forensics. You will develop technical and managerial perspectives to view the network as a strategic resource. Working on real life projects, using industry-standard equipment, you will be part of a lively learning environment and you will benefit from a short placement and an optional year-long placement.

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Course in Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will study a common set of modules that provide a solid foundation for the remainder of the degree. These include a balanced range of computing topics, from the fundamental analysis and construction of systems to multimedia technologies. Part of your studies in Year 1 will also involve looking at career options within industry to help you make an informed choice when selecting your modules for Years 2 and 3.

Year 2 provides a more specialised focus on networking and data communications as well as core computing subjects such as database design. There is also a dedicated module focused on enhancing your employability and developing essential skills for the workplace.

In Year 3 you will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in more specialised and developing areas of technology. These include areas such as information and network security applications and forensic computing.

How will I study?

Computing involves considerable practical activity and many classes are based in computer workshops, focusing on student activity as a means of learning. Theoretical concepts will then be introduced by building on solid practical activity. As computing professionals frequently work in teams and need to interact with users, you will be given opportunities to develop essential people skills that will complement your technical abilities. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment is also an integral part of our teaching methods.

During Year 2 you will complete an employability module which will enhance your developing skills and confidence to assist you in acquiring short and long term employment.

How will I be assessed?

The pattern of assessment is varied and designed to ensure you acquire a range of skills, particularly those required by future employers. You will design and write programs, write reports and essays, critically analyse documents, deliver oral presentations and undertake examinations. We want you to develop an ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development. The programme team are specialists in computing and active researchers in areas including mobile computing, distributed systems, e-commerce, web information architecture, visualisation and applications of problem-based learning in computing and information systems. Academic staff are regular contributors to academic conferences and journals.

A Great Study Environment

Technology Hub

The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13m Technology Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science students.

Our modern computer laboratories are equipped with high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.

A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution.

There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.

Learning resources include a programmable child-sized robot, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.

The department has strong links with industry and the curriculum is kept current and highly relevant through input from our Employer Advisory Panel.

A dedicated Enterprise Projects Team and Web Factory social enterprise initiative recruit students to paid work on a range of commercial projects. This provides you with the opportunity to gain experience in a commercial environment. You will also be actively supported in developing solutions for local businesses through your coursework.

Competitions including ‘University Technology Challenge’ and ‘Hackathon’, organised in collaboration with companies such as Barclays, the BBC and Talk Talk, allow you to show invention and initiative through, for example, inventing new apps and presenting a business case in a highly competitive environment.

An annual employability conference and specialist careers fair prepare you for employment. You can also engage with research through the ‘INSPIRE’ initiative, with some of our students having papers published at international conferences.

Modules

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Year 1

CIS1107 Foundations of Computer Science (20 credits)

Foundations of Computer Science introduces you to the concepts and practices of problem solving through a series of innovative class seminars and individual experiments.  You will learn to identify a problem, analyse it, and produce a structured solution. Exploring common issues within computing, you will also see how all of the separate areas merge, overlap and depend on each other in order for a robust computing system to be developed.

CIS1108 Digital World: Information Systems and Design (20 credits)

Digital World: Information Systems and Design explores how the world of the 21st century is underpinned by computing technology. The module will develop your understanding of the essential concepts of systems analysis, including identifying systems processes, understanding business needs and presenting appropriate IT solutions. You will then apply this knowledge of systems analysis and design methods to make suggestions for improvement of a business, its processes and information systems.

CIS1109 Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)

Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks explores how the world of the 21st century is underpinned by computing technology while challenging you to envision your future developments as a Computing professional. The module discusses how current and modern computer architectures operates. It also analyses the technology on which computer architecture depends, starting with current central processing units (CPUs) and their instruction sets and progressing to the principles of modern multitasking operating systems that are supported by the underlying hardware architectures. An important aspect of modern computer technology is networking. The module introduces and covers basic principles of networks, their interconnecting components and protocols used in enabling reliable communications.

CIS1110 Web Design and Development (20 credits)

Web Design and Development is a fusion of two distinct areas in the world of web content production. The module will enable you to develop a sound understanding of the World Wide Web, the related technologies, the relationships between them and also their use. You will also explore colour and design theories, layout and typography. In addition, the module provides an appropriate setting to introduce some of the more powerful, user friendly web development tools used widely in the industry today, along with HTML and CSS and both client and server side scripting.

CIS1111 Programming: Concepts to Construction 1 (20 credits)

Programming: Concepts to Construction 1 provides a practical introduction to the fundamentals of an object-oriented approach to software development. You will be introduced to the analytical techniques and processes that are essential for specifying, designing and implementing applications.

CIS1112 Programming: Concepts to Construction 2 (20 credits)

Programming: Concepts to Construction 2 provides a practical introduction to the fundamentals of an object-oriented approach to software development. You will explore and develop object-oriented modelling techniques and receive an introduction to programming through event-driven program design and graphical user interfaces.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of CIS1107 Foundations of Computer Science.

Year 2

CIS2143 Databases (20 credits)

Databases introduces you to the fundamental concepts in database design. You will acquire practical skills in database modelling, development and design using the rules of normalisation and entity relationship modelling. The module will enable you to identify the legal implications of creating and maintaining a database system, recognise and apply the principles underpinning the relationship model, utilise an appropriate database language, and extract and present data in a meaningful format suitable for the required use.

CIS2145 Computer Networks (20 credits)

Computer Networks is designed to provide both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the basic principles of modern networking and data communications. The module will also enhance your understanding and awareness of emerging new technologies in the field. You will explore the major components of communications networks including Wifi networks. In addition, you will learn how to evaluate, plan, design and present appropriate networking solutions to given specifications, and develop a critical understanding of routing, network addressing and how networks can be subnetted.

CIS2151 Introduction to Security (20 credits)

Introduction to Security is designed to introduce you to the key concepts in information security and computer forensics. Society depends increasingly on computer systems; the systems are accessible from the internet, therefore increasing the risk to system integrity.  Furthermore, the growth of social networking systems and e-commerce means that personal data is also at risk.  It is therefore essential that internet users have a sound understanding of the risks involved, together with preventative and recovery measures. Security is a complex topic and this module provides an understanding of the context and overall security issues that apply in the use of networked computer systems from a perspective of personal data. You will explore the concepts of information security and identify security risks in different scenarios.

CIS2153 Computer Systems Architecture (20 credits)

Computer Systems Architecture is about advanced features of modern computer architectures which enhance system performance. The central processing unit (CPU) instruction set design and choices have been explored in the context of system performance. Cache and instruction pipeline technologies are studied as examples of techniques developed to get round the limitations of the von Neumann bottleneck. Novel reduced instruction set computer (RISC) architecture is also examined and justified.

CIS2162 Employability (20 credits)

Employability simulates, as accurately as possible, what it’s like to work in a given Computer Science specialism. You will be introduced to the “world of work” via a simulated work environment, as part of a team representing a fictional company but which need to produce real products or engage in realistic work-related activities. A 15 day placement will also enhance essential employability skills and provide you with the opportunity to relate theory to practice, build on your transferable skills and evaluate your learning.

You will select one of the following modules:

CIS2159 Wireless and Mobile Networks (20 credits)

Wireless and Mobile Networks is designed to provide both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the basic principles of modern wireless and mobile networks. The past decade has seen an enormous expansion in the use of mobile technology. A further trend has been the convergence of various forms of digital communication which has enable enterprises and individuals to make wide use of mobile devices to access personal and corporate data. The business benefits of mobile access require organisations to extend the availability of corporate data, essentially blurring the perimeter of the organisation’s network. Such developments present huge challenges to information security specialists. This module therefore explores the technologies of mobile and wireless networking and discusses security challenges. It also provides you with hands-on experience in the set-up, configuration and testing of wireless networks.

CIS2165 Introduction to Digital Forensics (20 credits)

Introduction to Digital Forensics teaches the methods, tools, techniques and forensic principles required for evidence recovery from a variety of digital media together. Legal and ethical considerations for undertaking such an investigation will also be considered. The module provides the background knowledge and understanding necessary to undertake a forensic computing investigation in a systematic, methodological manner, to develop an understanding of existing applications and investigative techniques and to understand the forensic issues and obstacles to conducting an investigation.

Year 3

CIS3140 Research and Development Project (40 credits)

Research and Development Project provides you with the opportunity to show individual creativity and originality and apply appropriate knowledge and skills taught throughout the programme. The module requires you to demonstrate investigative, problem-solving, communication, management and other transferable skills as you undertake an individual  project. You will conduct in-depth work on a substantial problem. This will include researching and analysing the problem and identifying and achieving a solution.

CIS3142 Operating Systems (20 credits)

Operating Systems focuses on the internal structure of modern multi-tasking operating systems. The module explores the techniques used in order to efficiently manage the resources of computer systems and provide protection to these resources and its users. The hardware/software interfaces and the levels of abstractions are studied in detail.

CIS3161 Research and Development Methods (20 credits)

Research and Development Methods prepares you to undertake a software development project or dissertation. The module will enhance your ability to manage an individual project and act autonomously with limited supervisor guidance. You will be introduced to the main methods of research and the contexts in which they are conducted and enhance your understanding of the principles and perspectives of research. Building your practical experience and confidence in using a range of research methods, the aim is to demystify research and recognise the everyday skills and techniques which are involved.

You will select two of the following modules:

CIS3144 Forensic Computing (20 credits)

Forensic Computing teaches the methods, tools and techniques required for data recovery and analysis. The legal requirements for presenting such data will also be considered. The module provides the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake a forensic computing investigation in a systematic manner, as well as to develop an understanding of the role of a computer forensics analyst through the use of existing applications and investigative techniques.

CIS3150 IT Management (20 credits)

IT Management develops your understanding and knowledge to underpin the acquisition and ongoing management of systems and services within an organisation. The module enhances your awareness of the need for a tactical and operational view in the management of technology services, encompassing selection, implementation, third party relationships, and legal and security necessities. You will gain an appreciation of the issues involved in the management of technology services, enhance your knowledge to manage the pre and post systems acquisition process, gain an appreciation of organisation and user support requirements and build your awareness of the security and compliance needs of modern business organisations.

CIS3151 Internet Security (20 credits)

Internet Security equips you with an in-depth understanding of the principles of computer and network security, outlines the key vulnerabilities of a networked computer system, and demonstrates how to design and construct a secure network. While society depends increasingly on computer systems, the systems are accessible from intranets and the internet, thereby increasing the risk to system integrity. A sound understanding of the threats and vulnerabilities of a system, as well as the associated preventative and recovery measures, is therefore important. This module will develop your analytical and evaluative skills in the context of a complex and unpredictable systems environment in order to define an appropriate level of security to meet the needs of a network owner.

CIS3154 System Penetration Testing (20 credits)

System Penetration Testing provides an introduction to the ethics, principles and practice of an essential component of information security, systematically analysing system vulnerabilities and their exploitation. This process provides evidence of the effectiveness of system security controls. It is sometimes called ‘ethical hacking’, though professionally it is referred to as system penetration testing.

CIS3155 Advanced Databases (20 credits)

Advanced Databases enhances your knowledge of databases, modelling tools and database management systems including object-relational database management systems and NoSQL systems. You will compare and contrast the range of modern DBMS architectures and critically evaluate the implications of the different tools and techniques they make available. You will also critically evaluate the key concepts of advanced databases and their application to database implementation, as well as designing and constructing databases using advanced concepts and techniques.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

  • 2017/18 Entry – 120 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus evidence of numeracy;
  • 2018/19 Entry – 112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus evidence of numeracy.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve the 120 UCAS Tariff points required for 2017/18 entry include:

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Some typical examples of how you can achieve the 112 UCAS Tariff points required for 2018/19 entry are as follows:

  • A Levels – BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

This degree prepares you for entry into computing support positions, such as security analyst, security penetration tester, database administrator, software support specialist, computer sales professional, network engineer/administrator, IT manager and IT support. Alternatively, you may wish to train to teach.

The programme carries initial accreditation by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. Initial accreditation is granted for new courses which seem likely to meet the appropriate BCS criteria but which have not yet produced graduates (due to the limited timeframe). Successfully completing an accredited honours degree is the first step to full BCS membership and to being awarded chartered status.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Year – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme (usually the third year of a four year degree) and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year (usually the third year of a four year degree) studying or working abroad;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or study abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2017/18, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18 are £11,575 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2017/18 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2017.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

6th February 2017 - Change to Entry Requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points will be required to join this programme from September 2018 entry, plus evidence of numeracy.

15th November 2016 - Change of Modules

Although the broad themes of the programme remain largely the same, the majority of previous modules have been replaced with a suite of new modules. This new programme structure is being implemented from September 2017 entry.

26th May 2016 - New Module Added

CIS2607 Entrepreneurship (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2.

25th May 2016 - Change of Module

CIS2141 Database Fundamentals (20 credits) replaces CIS2100 Introduction to Databases (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 2.

4th September 2015 - New Module Added

CIS2140 Mobile Apps (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2.

4th September 2015 - Change of Modules

CIS1102 Digital World 1: Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits) and CIS1103 Digital World 2: Information Systems and Design (20 credits) replace CIS1100 Computer Systems in a Digital World (40 credits) in Year 1. CIS2137 Employability with Placement (20 credits) replaces CIS2136 Work Related Learning (20 credits) in Year 2. CIS3300 Research and Development Project (30 credits) replaces the choice of either CIS3121 Dissertation (30 credits) or CI3122 Computing/Web Development Project (30 credits) in Year 3.