UDDIFOCS - BSc Digital Forensics and Cyber Security
|Highest award||Bachelor of Science||Level||Honours|
|Possible interim awards||Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science|
|Total credits for course||360|
|Awarding institution||London Metropolitan University|
|Teaching institutions||London Metropolitan University|
|School||School of Computing and Digital Media|
|Subject Area||Computer Science and Applied Computing|
|Course leader||Jianming Cai|
About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning
This course is designed to meet the new and rapidly growing demand for the professionals in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security. It’s designed in particular for those who wish to specialise in the protection against and detection and conviction of digital crimes. Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in law enforcement, government or other related agencies, and commercial IT departments or security consultancies. This course is also an excellent preparation for further research or studies such as MSc or PhD.
Appropriate blended learning approaches and technologies, such as, the University’s VLE and the digital forensics and network security toolkits will be used to facilitate and support student learning, in particular, to:
• deliver course content;
• encourage active learning;
• provide formative and summative assessments, and prompt feedback;
• enhance student engagement and learning experience.
In this course, students are also provided with the study towards the certification of CompTIA Security +, an international, vendor-neutral certification that demonstrates competency in:
• Network security
• Compliance and operational security
• Threats and vulnerabilities
• Application, data and host security
• Access control and identity management
The primary aim of this course is to provide a broad, general education in the theory and practice of computing with special emphasis in the subject field of digital forensics and cyber security. It also covers the underlying computing principles of programming, problem-solving, communication networks and information systems, and as such has much in common with other courses in our Computing course portfolio. Three major themes are therefore characterised by the course: Digital Forensics, Cyber Security, and Computing.
The general aims of the course are:
to prepare students for careers in digital forensics and/or cyber security
to develop students skill’s in problem-solving, communication and other transferable skills applicable to a variety of careers
to prepare students in study for higher degrees in related subjects
to continue the development of those general study skills that will enable students to become independent and lifelong learners
The specific aims of the course are:
to develop student’s knowledge of computer hardware and software systems
to provide students with a solid background in the theoretical and practical aspects of Digital Forensics
to develop student’s understanding of the key issues in preservation of information confidentiality, integrity, and availability
to introduce the professional, legal and ethics issues in digital forensics and cyber security
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to
LO 1. demonstrate a requisite understanding of the main body of knowledge in Computing;
LO 2. understand and apply essential concepts, principles and practice in the context of well defined scenarios, showing judgment in the selection and application of tools and techniques to solve the issues with digital forensics and cyber security;
LO 3. produce work involving identification, analysis, design and development of an digital forensics and cyber security system with appropriate documentation. The work will show problem solving and evaluation skills drawing on supporting evidence, and demonstrate a requisite understanding of the need for quality;
LO 4. demonstrate transferable skills and an ability to work under guidance and as an digital forensics and/or cyber security team member;
LO 5. identify appropriate practices within professional and ethical framework of digital forensics and cyber security and understand the need for continuing professional development in this profession;
LO 6. Discuss digital forensics and cyber security practices/measures based upon the body of knowledge learned from this course.
Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference
Module Code Module Title
MA4001 Logic and Problem Solving
CT4005 Computer Hardware & Software Architectures
CC4057 Introduction to Information Systems
CS4051 Fundamentals of Computing
CS5001 Networks & Operating Systems
CC5004 Security in Computing
CC5005 Computer Forensics
CC5052 Risk, Crisis and Security Management
CS5052 Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law
CC6004 Network and Cloud Security
CC6003 Digital Crime Investigation
FC6W51 Work Related Learning II
MN6W50 Creating a Winning Business
CC6051 Ethical Hacking
Learning Outcomes 1 - 6
Principle QAA benchmark statements
Benchmarking standards are defined at threshold and modal:
This is interpreted to mean that all students (taken over all years) graduating with an honours degree in the discipline of Computing will have achieved this. Students who reach this will be characterised by being able to:
• demonstrate a requisite understanding of the main body of knowledge for their programme of study;
• understand and apply essential concepts, principles and practice of the subject in the context of well defined scenarios, showing judgment in the selection and application of tools and techniques;
• produce work involving problem identification, the analysis, the design and the development of a system with appropriate documentation. The work will show some problem solving and evaluation skills drawing on some supporting evidence, and demonstrate a requisite understanding of the need for quality;
• demonstrate transferable skills and an ability to work under guidance and as a team member;
• identify appropriate practices within a professional and ethical framework and understand the need for continuing professional development;
• discuss applications based upon the body of knowledge.
This is the average (taken over all years) of all the students graduating with an honours degree in the discipline of digital forensics and cyber security. Students reaching this will be able to:
• demonstrate a sound understanding of the main areas of the body of knowledge within their programme of study, with an ability to exercise critical judgment across a range of issues;
• critically analyse and apply a range of concepts, principles and practice of the subject in an appropriate manner in the context of loosely defined scenarios, showing effective judgment in the selection and use of tools and techniques;
• produce work involving problem identification, the analysis, the design and the development of a system, with accompanying documentation. The work will show problem solving and evaluation skills, draw upon supporting evidence and demonstrate a good understanding of the need for quality;
• demonstrate transferable skills with an ability to show organised work as an individual and as a team member and with minimum guidance;
• apply appropriate practices within a professional and ethical framework and identify mechanisms for continuing professional development and life long learning;
• explain a wide range of applications based upon the body of knowledge.
A range of assessment methods is employed throughout the course. The method of assessment for each module in each level is clearly described in the individual ‘Module Guide’ which is made available to the students at the start of the semester. Modules employ a combination of the following forms of assessments:
• Case study reports and presentations
• Laboratory workbooks
• Laboratory logbooks
• Unseen examinations
• Part seen examinations
• Individual vivas
Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad
Students take the core module FC6W51 Work Related Learning II at year 6 and the School provides support in finding relevant employers.
Course specific regulations
If attendance falls below 75% on a module, reassessment opportunities will not be available and instead the module will have to be retaken the following year with attendance and payment of fees. Mitigating circumstances cannot be claimed for missed classes; however Module Leaders will take account of absences that are a consequence of recorded disability or otherwise recorded as 'Authorised Absence' when applying the 75% threshold.
Modules required for interim awards
All modules are core-compulsory.
Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development
• A process of personal development planning takes place throughout the course to help students to think about and make sense of what is being learnt and why, plan ahead and relate to what has been learned and their own future.
• Students will be expected and encouraged to produce such as reflective commentaries and graduation statements on the learning activities and tasks that they carry out to complete their work.
• Students are invited to include PDP via learning journals, case books, annotated sketchbooks, and/or blog environment.
Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development
Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in law enforcement, government or other related agencies, and commercial IT departments or security consultancies. This course is also an excellent preparation for further research or studies such as MSc or PhD.
Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions
You’ll complete this course ready to pursue a career in computer forensics and/or IT security, or in the wider IT industry. Previous graduates have gone on to find employment as data analysts at companies such as MWR InfoSecurity.
Potential employers include digital crime investigation companies, government agencies and the police force, as well as national and international organisations that need protection against digital crime.
Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to attend regular student enterprise workshops, where you’ll have the chance to network with potential employers. You’ll also be able to gain valuable work experience through our optional work placement module.
This course is also an excellent preparation for further research or studies such as MSc or PhD either at London Met or another university.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum grades CCD in three A levels, one of which must be from a relevant subject (or a minimum of 88 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
- English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above
Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.
If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Cyber Security Extended Degree BSc.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Official use and codes
|Approved to run from||2016/17||Specification version||1||Specification status||Validated|
|Original validation date||11 Jan 2017||Last validation date||18 Jan 2017|
|Sources of funding||HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND|
|JACS codes||I250 (Systems Auditing): 100%|
Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered
|CC4057||Introduction to Information Systems||Core||15||NORTH||AUT||TUE||AM|
|CS4051||Fundamentals of Computing||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||TUE||AM|
|CT4005||Computer Hardware and Software Architectures||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||PM|
|MA4001||Logic and Problem Solving||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||FRI||AM|
Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered
|CC5004||Security in Computing||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||TUE||AM|
|CC5052||Risk, Crisis and Security Management||Core||15||NORTH||AUT||THU||PM|
|CS5001||Networks and Operating Systems||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||FRI||AM|
|CS5052||Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||THU||PM|
Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered
|CC6003||Digital Crime Investigation||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||AM|
|CC6004||Network and Cloud Security||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||WED||AM|
|FC6W51||Work Related Learning II||Alt Core||15||NORTH||SPR||WED||PM|
|MN6W50||Creating a Winning Business 2||Alt Core||15||CITY||SPR||WED||PM|