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UDDIFOFY - BSc (Hons) Digital Forensics and Cyber Security (including foundation year)

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science, Preparatory Diploma, Preparatory Certificate
Total credits for course 480
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Subject Area Computer Science and Applied Computing
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Part-time 6 YEARS 8 YEARS
Full-time 4 YEARS 8 YEARS
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The BSc Digital Forensics and Cyber Security (including Foundation Year) is specifically designed to meet the new and rapidly growing demand for professionals trained in the protection against and detection and conviction of digital crimes. The course fosters development using a range of tools and development platforms and prepares students to become cyber professionals. The course is designed around the Cisco curriculum and all students study the complete CCNA modules which are embedded in the course, thereby gaining additional Cisco certification training throughout the course. Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in law enforcement, government or other related agencies, and commercial IT departments or security consultancies. The foundation year will provide a broad, varied and simulating experience which allows students to assess their aptitudes and interests and thus prepares them for modules at higher levels. The course includes substantial practical content with increasing emphasis on project/group work as students’ progress through the course.

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
• Cryptography

The foundation year is designed to develop key academic skills and competencies in a way integrated into the curriculum, and to model the theoretical approach coupled with practice-based learning that is developed later in the curriculum. Assessments at this level are aimed to introduce and develop key skills integral to academic success at higher levels including writing, presenting, researching, and mathematical and technological skills. Also, at this level, early formative assessment is useful as an early indicator of students’ strengths, in addition to giving a hands-on training of submission processes.
Students are provided with opportunities to develop an understanding of, and the necessary skills to demonstrate, good academic practice. Particularly, students will be encouraged to complete weekly tutorial and workshop exercises as well as periodic formative diagnostic tests to enhance their learning. During tutorial and workshop sessions students will receive ongoing support and feedback on their work to promote engagement and provide the basis for tackling the summative assessments.
Teaching materials such as lecture content are conveyed in different ways e.g. using diagrams, speech, text, discussion and practical tasks. Use is also made of multimedia technologies such as videos, podcasts and screencasts in lectures which are then made available on Weblearn. Competency with software and hardware tools is achieved through weekly practical sessions, demonstrations from external software vendors, signposted access to online technical guides, encouragement of participation in Computing online forums, access to all required equipment.

Appropriate blended learning technologies, such as the University’s virtual learning environment WebLearn, Library’s e-books and Online Databases, are used to facilitate and support student learning, in particular to:
• deliver content;
• encourage active learning;
• provide formative and summative assessments with prompt feedback;
• enhance student engagement and learning.

A range of assessment methods is employed throughout the course. Module assessment typically consists of a combination of assessment instruments including courseworks, in-class tests and unseen exams. Coursework can include an artefact such as a website, a database or program code in addition to a written report/essay. The volume, timing and nature of assessment enable students to demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved the intended learning outcomes.
Formative and summative feedback will be provided using a variety of methods and approaches, such as learning technologies, one to one and group presentation of the submitted work, at various points throughout the teaching period and will adhere to University policy regarding the timing of feedback. Students will also receive feedback from tutors and peers enabling them to reflect on their progress based on the evidence available. This process assists students in developing as independent learners, identifying their strengths and weaknesses.
Foundation year students will be supported during the early stages with focus on introduction to support facilities including Academic Mentor, Success coaches, Course Leader and Academic tutor and Course Weblearn sites. This support mechanism will facilitate transition and progression through the levels. The students will also receive early scheduled sessions with the Subject Librarian which will continue as they progress through the degree.

During the foundation year, cohort identity is fostered through opportunities for engaging with peers and with existing Level 4 (and higher) students at social events, at Career-focused events and through Course-related forums. These opportunities continue throughout the course.

Course aims

The main aim of the course is to equip students with the core academic and technical skills needed to progress through higher education, via a structured and scaffolded pathway, and on to relevant employment in the IT industry as cyber professionals. The 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:

The general aims of the course are:

• to prepare students for careers in digital forensics and/or cyber security

• to develop students’ skills 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 students’ knowledge of computer hardware and software systems

• to provide students with a solid background in the theoretical and practical aspects of Digital Forensics and Cyber Security

• 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:

LO1. Apply basic problem-solving and analytical techniques, presenting findings, explain results and justifying choice of methods;

LO2. Demonstrate solid understanding of fundamental knowledge in the Computing Networking and Cyber Security subject area;

LO3. 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;

LO4. Produce work involving identification, analysis, design and development of a 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;

LO5. Demonstrate transferable skills and an ability to work under guidance and as a digital forensics and/or cyber security team member;

LO6. 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;

LO7. Discuss digital forensics and cyber security practices/measures based upon the body of knowledge learned from this course.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

Mathematics MA3101

Programming CS3101

Cyber Security Fundamentals CC3101

Design and Communication Skills CT3101

Logic and Problem Solving MA4001

Programming CS4001

Computer Hardware & Software Architectures CT4005

Introduction to Information Systems CC4057

Fundamentals of Computing CS4051

Networks & Operating Systems CS5001

Security in Computing CC5004

Computer Forensics CC5005

Risk, Crisis and Security Management CC5052

Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law CS5052

Project CS6P05

Network and Cloud Security CC6004

Digital Crime Investigation CC6003

Work Related Learning II FC6W51

Creating a Winning Business MN6W50

Ethical Hacking CC6051

Learning Outcomes cover 1-7

Principle QAA benchmark statements

QAA Computing 2016:
• http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/SBS-Computing-consultation-15.pdf
• http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/Subject-benchmark-statement-Computing.aspx.pdf

Assessment strategy

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 viva

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

The 15-credit Work Related Learning module is a core at level 6.

The School of Computing and Digital Media offers opportunities to enhance employability skills, gain real experience and 'earn while you learn' through placements into real client-driven projects - working with business and industry.

Course specific regulations

British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation is awarded according to the following additional course regulation:
The project must be passed in order for a student to obtain BSc (Hons) Digital Forensics and Cyber Security.

The project must be passed without compensation.

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

This course is accredited as fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration.

On graduating, you'll be eligible to apply for Membership of the British Computer Society (MBCS).

Career opportunities

Completion of this degree will improve your career prospects in areas such as law enforcement, in government or other related agencies as well as in commercial IT departments or security consultancies.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent eg, Functional Skills at Level 2)

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 our Digital Forensics and Cyber Security (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree.

If you meet the UCAS points criteria but obtained a grade D/3 in English and/or Maths at GCSE, you may be offered a University test in these areas.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2019/20 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 25 Jul 2019 Last validation date 25 Jul 2019  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes
Route code DIFOFY

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 03 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC3101 Cyber Security Fundamentals Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM
          NORTH SPR+SUM THU PM
CS3101 Programming Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
          NORTH SPR+SUM THU AM
CT3102 Introduction to Robotics and Internet of Things Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
          NORTH SPR+SUM FRI AM
MA3101 Mathematics Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM WED AM
          NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM

Stage 1 Level 03 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC3101 Cyber Security Fundamentals Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM THU PM
CS3101 Programming Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM THU AM
CT3102 Introduction to Robotics and Internet of Things Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM FRI AM
MA3101 Mathematics Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM WED AM

Stage 2 Level 04 October start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC4057 Introduction to Information Systems Core 15 NORTH AUT TUE PM
CS4001 Programming Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
CS4051 Fundamentals of Computing Core 15 NORTH SPR TUE PM
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 3 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC5004 Security in Computing Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
CC5005 Computer Forensics Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
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 4 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CC6003 Digital Crime Investigation Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
CC6004 Network and Cloud Security Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
CC6051 Ethical Hacking Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
CS6P05 Project Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
FC6W51 Work Related Learning II Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT WED PM
          NORTH SPR WED PM
MN6W50 Creating a Winning Business 2 Alt Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
          NORTH SPR THU AM
          NORTH SPR THU PM
          NORTH AUT THU PM