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UCEN Manchester

Computer Network Security

UCAS Code: G550

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

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Full-time | 2020


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The United Kingdom has one of the most vibrant digital economies in the world. However, globally there is not currently the cyber security skills base to match, with both the Governments and private sector affected by the shortage in skills. The aim of the programme is to address the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals, train and support information security (InfoSec) specialist. The course is fast-paced and heavily practical, encouraging students to explore their individual interests in order to develop as InfoSec practitioners/engineers. The course is ideal for those with a passion for networking security and a desire for a career in the InfoSec sector.

Responding to the changes happening in the modern networking domains this course will offer educational opportunities that are forward thinking and progressive. InfoSec is underpinned by accepted best practice security theories and industry standards.

The programme explores a number of modules that engage students in the technical and practical aspects of working as a security engineer as well as stretching the individual’s horizons across programming, networking and professional topics. The modules are designed to challenge the practices and concepts of the students through critical and theoretical discussion, practice and reflection.

Each year of the programme has a unique focus in providing students with the techniques, knowledge, and methods in order to become an InfoSec engineer/specialist. The first year is the ‘skill’ year where a foundation of skills, techniques, knowledge and methods will be introduced. The second year is the ‘practice’ year where the skills, techniques, knowledge, and methods will be utilised in network security forensics, firewalls and penetration testing which includes a final project.

On completion of this course you will receive a Foundation degree in Computer Network Security. You will then be able to complete a top-up year to study towards a BSc in Computer Network Security.


Professional & Academic Development (30 credits)
The module will focus on developing and re-enforcing critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills and preparing the students vocationally by enhancing their knowledge and skills to inform existing or potential professional careers.

Networking and Security Concepts (30 credits)
This unit will provide students with the underpinning knowledge and skills to begin the journey within network security. Students who complete this unit will be able to identify security threats, vulnerabilities, and help respond to and recover from security incidents. In addition students will gain knowledge in designing and building secure networks necessary to plan and implement small secure networks across a range of applications using routers switching technology. The course covers general topics in computer and network security

Linux Fundamentals with Administration (30 credits)
This unit involves three streams; the first introduces the ethos and concept behind open source. The second stream involves the theory required to maximise the usefulness of Linux. The third stream is a practical implementation of a Linux based virtual network, which will be designed, implemented and managed.

Fundamentals of programming (30 credits)
This unit introduces fundamental concepts of computer programming. The unit includes the principles and practice of programming design, the implementation, and testing of programming solutions, and the concepts and principles of problem solving by computer

Practice-based Research Project (30 credits)
The module discipline is specific to research methods knowledge and skills gained within the Level 4 Professional and Academic Development by enabling students to engage in a small scale research project.

Network Forensic Analysis & Investigation (30 credits)
The unit is uniquely designed so that students cover the investigation and legal aspects of computer forensics, the skills required to investigate a variety of digital devices, and e-crime, computer misuse and computer security
Computer forensics is the investigation of computers and other digital devices for the extraction of evidence, which may point to particular misuse and/or criminal activity. Computer forensics and digital investigation have become necessary and crucial functions in most businesses today

Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures (30 credits)
The unit aims to provide knowledge and skills required to understand the mechanics behind hacking attacks and develop appropriate countermeasures. In addition to this, students will gain the necessary background knowledge and technical skills to undertake security audit testing on computer networks and systems. Students will be introduction to basic ethical hacking tools and how these tools would be used in a professional environment. Students will be given the opportunity to practice the principles of penetration testing by developing practices and strategies to hack into networks

Firewall technology with penetration testing (30 credits)
The main syllabus relates to a series of challenges for firewall and security configurations. In addition students gain hands-on access to practical equipment. For the security part of the unit provides a practical introduction to Cross platform Firewall technologies. This unit will provide practical experience and theoretical knowledge in the area of computer penetration testing and firewall technologies. The main aspect of the unit is underpinning knowledge and its practical application. Students will be given the optional opportunity to study on the Palo Alto Network Academy and take the PAN-ACE exam.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used and could be in the form of the following:
• Reports
• Oral presentations
• Group work
• Practical assignments
• Time constrained tests
• Peer assessment
• Live industry briefs.

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