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Computer Forensics BSc

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Code
I900
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
4 years with placement
Usually 5 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Ian Mitchell

The field of computer forensics and cyber security is rapidly growing and our specialist Computer Forensics degree – the first in London – develops the strong logical skills needed to detect, investigate and prevent computer crime. By choosing our multidisciplinary course, you'll be equipped to combat computer crime in a technology-driven world.

Why study BSc Computer Forensics at Middlesex University?

Our pioneering and specialist Computer Forensics degree prepares you for an exciting career in this dynamic industry. Technological issues including cyber security, encryption, operating systems and information systems are covered in detail, as well as legal and criminal issues. You will be taught by experts in the field in a high-tech forensic lab and have access to specialist equipment.

Course highlights

  • This is a multidisciplinary course, with exciting work experience placement opportunities in Year 2
  • We are seeking BCS (British Computer Society) accreditation - you will be eligible for BCS membership retrospectively when it is awarded
  • We have excellent graduate employment rates with 100% of graduates in further study or employment six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey)
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Computer Forensics?

Core modules such as programming, networks, and IT security are covered in this course extensively. You will develop expert knowledge in the technological, ethical and legal issues in this field, including security, encryption, operating systems and information systems. In Year 2, you will have the opportunity to put what you've learned to practical use with a work experience placement at a company such as Apple.

What will you gain?

You will be prepared to deal with the legal implications of investigations and know how to collect and present evidence in an appropriate manner that is admissible in a court of law.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Computer Networks (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide you with the basic skills needed to succeed in networking related degree programs and will also help you develop the skills necessary to fulfil the job responsibilities of network technicians, network administrators, and network engineers. It provides a theoretically-rich, hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet.

    • Information in Organisations (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide you with the knowledge to be able to differentiate between data and information in an organisation. You will explore ways to investigate efficient ways of storing, preserving, searching, retrieving and displaying information in an organisation as well as methods to visualise and conceptualise information in organisations through knowledge of modelling techniques. You will be able to design and implement a database system, and to utilise a mark-up language, and to reflect the information in an organisation. You will be proficient in SQL in an Oracle 11g environment, in particular, and be able to complete the Oracle Database 11g SQL Fundamentals exam necessary to pass Oracle Database PL/SQL Certified Associate ODCA.

    • Introduction to Computer Forensics: Professional, Technical and Regulatory (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module covers fundamentals of Computer Forensics in three principal areas:

      • Professional - Based on Guidelines from ACPO how to behave and act as a professional
      • Technical - To be able to identify, dismantle and rebuild a PC
      • Regulatory - Based on Regulatory Framework.
    • Introduction to Programming (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces computer programming techniques, with an emphasis on concepts that are relevant to a wide range of programming languages. There is a strong focus on practical work and you will be working together in pairs and small groups. You will learn how to solve problems by the design, enhancement and implementation of computer programs and you will develop the ability to document, test and debug your programs. You will be introduced to fundamental concepts of programming, data structures and algorithms and will be encouraged to work individually and in groups in a series of highly interactive and progressive activities.

  • Year 2

    • Digital Investigation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with experiential knowledge of the four phases of a Digital Investigation:

      • Seizure – this covers areas from the beginning of the crime scene and will discuss the ACPO guidelines on A Good Practice Guide for Computer Based Electronic Evidence, Locard’s exchange principle, the physical process of bagging and tagging and making and referring to contemporaneous notes
      • Imaging – this covers areas of why it is necessary to image, verification of image, evidentiary integrity and how to image using Write-Blocker hardware
      • Analysis using various software build up profiles of users from their digital fingerprints using appropriate software
      • Reporting using appropriate software be able to explain, justify and defend any decision made in the analysis stage.
    • File Systems Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to explain File Systems. The three main file systems and their variants will form the syllabus of the module: FAT, NTFS, and EXT.

    • IT Infrastructure (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide the technical background to working with servers accessed through networks, their setup, maintenance and security aspects. Supporting language technologies, operating system utilisation and appreciation of protocols involved in data transfer are explored. Firewalls, viruses, malware and other security concerns are also covered in detail.

    • Remote Hosts and Webservers (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces computer programming techniques, with an emphasis on concepts that are relevant to a wide range of programming languages. There is a strong focus on practical work and you will be working together in pairs and small groups. You will learn how to solve problems by the design, enhancement and implementation of computer programs and you will develop the ability to document, test and debug your programs. You will be introduced to fundamental concepts of programming, data structures and algorithms and will be encouraged to work individually and in groups in a series of highly interactive and progressive activities.

  • Year 3

    • Mobile Forensics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aims of the module are to cover knowledge and skills necessary for the five stages of a digital investigation and the evidential integrity of a mobile device.

    • e-Discovery, e-Disclosure and Evidence Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide you with a sound understanding of the relationship between e-Discovery, e-Disclosure and Evidence Management. This module builds on the earlier Digital Investigation module and now focuses on how to incorporate forensic investigation skills in the processes of discovering electronic information. The module also equips you with the awareness of how company policies can be designed between key stakeholders in an organisation to produce policies that justifiably keep essential information, allow retention of useful information and allows removal of information that has outlived its usefulness.

    • Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your understanding of the techniques and approaches used to develop and deploy a data warehouse for purposes of business intelligence. The module will examine data quality and data transformation methods and practices. Intelligent data mining theories and methods that aid knowledge discovery will be introduced. You will also learn about information retrieval, data presentation and pattern recognition techniques that are used in business intelligence applications.

    • Social Network Analysis and Visual Analytics (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will introduce the underlying theories for Social Network Analysis SNA and Visual Analytics VA and apply this theory to produce analysis on Social Media, such as Consumer Generated Websites, Information in Organisations, email, and information related to criminal and digital investigations.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BSc Computer Forensics support your career?

The use of digital technology at home and work has led to a huge rise in computer-based crime. Graduates from our BSc Computer Forensics degree are fully equipped with the technical and analytical skills needed to secure jobs in this growing field. Law enforcement, security consultancy, database development and security management are just some of the areas you can expect to work in.

Computer forensics is still a growing field but you can expect to find jobs within established areas, such as the police, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and MI5, or roles within security consultants, banking, government departments and IT firms specialising in computer security. Six months after graduating, 100% of graduates are in postgraduate study or have entered a professional role with an average full-time salary of £23,000 (according to the 2009-10 Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey).

Work placements

Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market – as well as being a fantastic experience. You can further develop your interpersonal skills, build your confidence, and make contact with industry leaders. By making a good impression during your placement year, you greatly increase your chances of securing a job with the company after graduation. Research shows that 70% of placements result in a graduate job offer.

Professional accreditation

We are seeking BCS (British Computer Society) accreditation. You will be eligible for BCS membership retrospectively when it is awarded.

  • Donna Fong

    Computer Forensics BSc graduate

    I really enjoyed my course and feel very confident about my future career. I went on a year-long placement, which confirmed that this is what I want to do and motivated me to do my best during my final year. I was absolutely delighted when my placement company got in touch before I graduated and invited me to join the organisation as a permanent staff member. Now I'm starting my career in computer forensics and looking forward to the future.

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