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This course has been created to meet global demand for skilled individuals who understand how computers work, how networks are designed, built and configured and how software is used to monitor and secure these systems.

It covers a broad range of computing specialisms and it will open the door to a vast range of careers within this industry. From day one, you will be immersed in an exciting, innovative environment where you will develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

This course has been created to meet global demand for skilled individuals who understand how computers work, how networks are designed, built and configured and how software is used to monitor and secure these systems.

It covers a broad range of computing specialisms and it will open the door to a vast range of careers within this industry. From day one, you will be immersed in an exciting, innovative environment where you will develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

Course Information

UCAS Code
G4W3 BSc/CNSS

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Computer and Information Sciences

Location
Pandon Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Computer and Information Sciences

Across all of our undergraduate programmes approximately 85% of students graduate with a First Class or Upper Second Class honours degree (Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) 2015/16).

Book an Open Day / Experience Computer Networks and Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

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You will be able to develop your general computing knowledge alongside analytical and practical skills in a dynamic and stimulating learning environment.

This course encourages you to develop independent learning skills as well as the ability to work efficiently and efficiently in a group. You will be taught discipline specific knowledge and will learn transferable intellectual and professional skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

You will be provided with a wide range of learning opportunities, including lectures and seminars, practical use of tools and equipment, laboratory work, professional practice speakers, guided study and self-directed independent learning.

You will be supported in your learning, where appropriate, via an electronic learning portal (Blackboard) that provides remote access to course materials, by electronic submission and feedback on your assessments, and online reading lists.

Student Profiles / Computer Networks and Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

Hear what it is really like to study Computer Networks and Cyber Security BSc (Hons) from our current students.

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You will be taught by a range of academic staff who bring a wealth of professional experience from the Computer industry. Coupled with wider technical knowledge, whereby the staff have published work in prestigious authored journals, you will be taught the essential skills you need to succeed in your future career.

In a dynamic learning environment with an expert team of staff, you will be taught theoretical and practical research skills such as information literacy, as well as problem solving skills around project management, self-directed learning and communication skills. You will develop an understanding of important research methods and approaches which could be directly relatable to the demands of future career. 

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When you want to get hands-on with technology and really understand how everything connects, how to create games or protect data integrity, our range of specialist facilities will support you.

On this course, you will be able to investigate, diagnose, apply fixes and protections to ensure that organisations can make the best use of their technology.

You will have the opportunity to access state of the art facilities and equipment which will encourage your individual intellectual freedom and allow your creative vision to become a reality.

You will have access to dedicated Computer Network Technology and Digital Security labs as well as open access computing areas which students can use during free periods and into the evenings and weekends.    

Computer and Information Sciences Facilities

Find out more about the facilities and equipment you can access at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

Virtual Tour

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University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience Computer Networks and Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

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We are living in a digital age where all of our lives are impacted by computer sciences and digital technologies, from cyber security and computational intelligence to games and visual effects. You will be immersed in a research-rich environment with new and exciting insights into the discipline by our rapidly expanding Computer Science research groups.

You will be taught by staff with a strong academic background in areas such as Computer and Electronic Security Systems, Computational Linguistics, Web Programming and Informational Visualisation. With access to diverse research work carried out by our expert academic staff, we seek to promote innovative and excellent learning and teaching practice, which will improve your student experience here at Northumbria.

58% of the department's outputs ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA11) making us the leading Modern University in the North East for research power.  

Book an Open Day / Experience Computer Networks and Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

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The course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for graduate employment in computing and progression to further study if desired.

Here at Northumbria, we know how valuable work experience can be in terms of giving you a head start in your career so we enable you to gain real-world experience on a yearlong professional placement in your third year on this course. Thanks to Northumbria’s excellent professional links, including strong relationships with leading corporate companies and the police, you could gain invaluable experience working in computing related employment in either the public or private sector.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad in your third year at a partner institution, enabling you to gain global perspective on your subject and boost your future career prospects.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

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This course puts you in excellent stead for a host of exciting career paths. Upon graduating, you will be highly skilled and professional in developing and managing computing solutions. 

We place a real emphasis on developing the transferable skills that will open doors to a range of careers in computer science. These include communication, analytical and problem solving skills, technical skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. High achieving students will be given an opportunity to transfer to MComp Computer Networks and Cyber Security, our integrated masters programme. 

Students graduating from this course could anticipate working in a wide range of private and public sector organisations. Job roles could include information security officers, network analysts, computer programmers, networking or cybersecurity consultants, incident responders or roles within the intelligence services. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Computer Networks and Cyber Security BSc (Hons)

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Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one This year introduces core computer topics such as programming, computer security and forensics networking web technologies and the fundamentals of operating systems.

Year 2

Year two Students will increase their understanding of computer and digital forensics by studying topics such as web programming, applied programming and advanced operating systems.

Year 3

Year three You will have the option to go out on an industrial placement to put the skills you have learned in the previous modules into professional practice or have an opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions

Year 4

Year four This year includes a large-scale individualised project focusing on a topic chosen by the student, where they will design, analyse, develop and evaluate their work.

Who would this Course suit?

Do you enjoy problem solving and want to keep up-to-date with a rapidly evolving sector? Are excited about using technology to make the world a more secure place? Do you want to be part of an exciting and continuously evolving sector? If you want to develop expertise in analysing and designing secure computer networked systems then this is the course for you.  

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

GCSE requirements:
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: 
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:
BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:
BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:
120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Applicants from the EU
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

International applicants
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/ 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British      Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0      (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing,      Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson      Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of      Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements pl

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma: 120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications</

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

FUNDING INFORMATION

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KF4001 -

Introduction to Computer Security and Forensics (Core, 20 Credits)

You will be given a rounded introduction to the principles of computer forensics and cyber security from both a theoretical and technical perspective and also provide a contextual setting for these disciplines by an examination of the criminal justice system within England and Wales. The ethical responsibilities of studying computer forensics and cyber security and the need to address personal and professional integrity will be included in the module.

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KF4002 -

Network Technology 1 (Core, 20 Credits)

The aim of this module is to provide a thorough introduction to basic principles and technologies in modern computer networks. You are introduced to the theory underpinning the communication architecture in modern networks. You will learn about the reference communication architecture, comumication protocols, networking devices, IP addressing and important performance metrics for communication networks. You will examine specific examples in the context of communication reference model. The concepts introduced in lectures are reinforced with the help of extensive hands on laboratory workshops. You will also have the opportunity to develop practical networking skills by using Cisco IOS, configuration of switches and routers, analysing wireshark traces and designing newtorks using simulators.

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KF4005 -

Operating Systems Fundamentals (Core, 20 Credits)

This module introduces you to the fundamentals of operating systems: processes/threads, communication, memory management, file systems, I/O, security, scripting languages and tools. You will study:
* processes and threads: concepts, use and implementation, creation and destruction, context switching, scheduling;
* communication (IPC): shared memory, message passing, pipes;
* memory management: memory allocation schemes, paging, virtual memory;
* persistent storage and file systems: file concept, file system structure and implementation, directories, free space allocation;
* I/O: input and output devices, device handlers, the I/O API;
* security: access control, user authentication;
* scripting languages and tools: use of languages and tools (e.g. the command shell, Python) for monitoring, investigating and administering an operating system and its resources, employ a relational database (including the design and execution of simple SQL queries).

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KF4009 -

Web Technologies (Core, 20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with knowledge and skills in designing and implementing web applications, including appropriate technologies. You will develop web based applications in accordance to key web standards and user needs. The module will also emphasise the technical aspects of web development and will introduce web security issues. In particular, you will cover topics such as:

• Structured mark-up
• Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), including layout design using CSS
• Usability and accessibility, including user needs
• Information architecture
• Client-side processing
• Web serving
• Introduction to server-side programming
• Introduction to web related security issues

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KF4010 -

Computing Fundamentals (Core, 20 Credits)

This module aims to provide you with the theoretical and practical basis to understand the design and construction of Computer software and hardware. You will be introduced to the underlying theory of Computation and the major paradigms of Computation. This will include the concepts of software, systems and data modelling and in particular the major computational models and programming paradigms. To complement this theoretical underpinning you will also study the standard von Neumann computer architecture and von Neumann machine programming.

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KV4000 -

Programming 1 (Core, 20 Credits)

During this module you will learn how to create software using a programming language. You will learn to select and apply standard programming structures for appropriate situations. The module will cover the use of variables, conditions, loops, subprograms, abstraction mechanisms and structured data types.

You will practise solving problems by breaking them down into smaller tasks. As well as constructing software that works, you will also start to consider the quality of your code and produce software that is reliable and maintainable by working to professional standards. You will learn to test, debug and maintain software of an appropriate size and to manage your time in constructing well-structured software products. We will study one programming language in detail on this module.

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KV5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Computer and Information Sciences (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KF5002 -

Web Programming (Core, 20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with knowledge of the principles and practice of developing dynamic, interactive web sites and applications using both server-side and client-side technologies and of issues relating to their use. This will include the retrieval and processing of structured data and its integration to create standards compliant web interfaces. The storage and manipulation of structured data, especially in relational databases, within a web based system will also be covered. A consideration of relevant security issues and methods of working with the Document Object Model (DOM) to manipulate web application interfaces will also be provided. In particular, you will cover the following topics:

• Database applications on the web and their components: database integration and database driven web based systems, database connectivity, manipulating relational database data – record insertion, updating and deletion
• Introduction to other structured data sources, e.g. XML or JSON.
• Retrieving, processing and displaying data from structured data sources to create standards compliant, device agnostic, and accessible web interfaces.
• Client-side and server-side validation of user input and other security issues. Working with user sessions
• Working with the Document Object Model (DOM) to manipulate web application interfaces.
• Asynchronous Javascript and XML (AJAX): the XMLHTTPRequest object, communicating with a web server, parsing and displaying the returned structured data.

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KF5003 -

Network Technology 2 (Core, 20 Credits)

You will be provided a detailed, technical introduction to the problem of routing and switching data packets in computer networks and to the design and implementation of Local Area Networks using router and switches. A particular feature of the module is that it closely follows the programme for CCNA 2 and CCNA 3 of Cisco’s Networking Academy programme.

The main topics you will engage with on this module include:

1. Basic and advanced IP addressing (VLSM).
2. Introduction to the role of routers and routing in modern computer networks. Theory and practice of routing protocols, e.g., RIP, OSPF and EIGRP, including configuration and operation on industry standard routers. Principles of link state and distance vector routing algorithms.
3. An introduction to network security: threats, policies, mechanisms. How to design and configure a firewall using access lists.
4. Switches, switching concepts and switch configuration. Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).
5. Virtual LANs (VLANs) and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP).

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KF5004 -

Advanced Operating Systems 1 (Core, 20 Credits)

The lectures covering the theoretical/standards components of network services and functionality and how they map to a business infrastructure within different operating systems

The Seminars will cover the current operating systems support for these protocols and services and allow the student to implement these services/facilities and apply them to business needs with a theoretical underpinning.

This module aims to provide an experience in the practical use and application of an operating system in a network environment to provide the essential services required for a commercial organisation.

This module will allow you to develop skills in the configuration of an operating systems in a networked environment.

The module provides an opportunity for you to develop an appreciation of services and the practical skills required for developing and deploying network services into a corporate infrastructure.

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KF5005 -

Principles of Digital Security and Forensics (Core, 20 Credits)

You will have the opportunity to analyse and examine digital security and forensic case studies using the latest industry specialist utilities and tools, giving invaluable hands-on practical use. Learning and teaching will take place through a variety of mechanisms. Topics will be introduced in lectures and discussed through seminar activities and guided learning activities. The theoretical material on digital security and forensics will be re-enforced through the critical analysis and discussion of case studies in seminar sessions as well as sessions on the use of security and digital forensics tools in the analysis of chosen case studies in lab-based practical sessions.

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KF5006 -

Applied Programming (Core, 20 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with the practical ability and understanding of the software development process to enable the production of efficient and robust applications in an operating system independent environment. The module follows on from the first year module “Introduction to Programming” and combines lectures and workshops that are designed to further develop your problem solving and algorithmic thinking focussed on a specific topic chosen from the topical areas of Computer Forensics, Computer Networking or Cybersecurity.

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KF5007 -

Security Case Project (Core, 20 Credits)

The module provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge of cyber security through the examination of the principles, theories, technical skills and research issues associated with the disciplines of ethical hacking and computer security.

The module develops technical aspects of the subject with particular reference to enhancing computer and network security. You will have the opportunity to practice techniques and tools associated with penetration testing and evaluate a range of threats, including the use of various hacking tools and techniques over a variety of operating systems and platforms. You will also have the opportunity to develop their research skills in designing and evaluating security vulnerabilities and countermeasures.

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KV5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Computer and Information Sciences (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA5029 -

International Academic Exchange 1 (Optional, 60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one semester as part of your programme.

This is a 60 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as an additional 60 credits for Engineering and Environment Study Abroad Semester.

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KA5030 -

International Academic Exchange 2 (Optional, 120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one full year as part of your programme.

This is a 120 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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KF5000 -

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

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KF5001 -

Engineering and Environment Work Placement Semester (Optional, 60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one semester work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the placement is recognised both in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 20 weeks.

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KV5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Computer and Information Sciences (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KC6000 -

Experimental Design for Interactive Applications (Optional, 20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to develop your understanding of the theory and practice appropriate to the development of interactive (computer-based) products, and the practice of analysing, monitoring and evaluating this process using appropriate technologies. You will develop an understanding of the principles of user behaviour, technical developments within interactive design and practical implementation of methodologies within the analysis of these systems.

This module is concerned primarily with understanding the user and their experience with interactive products; thus it will involve practical sessions along with theoretical debate surrounding user experience and how we design systems that meet their needs. In particular, you will cover topics such as:

• Models of user behaviour
• Techniques for analysing user behaviour
• Application of techniques for analysing user behaviour in specific contexts
• Review of methodologies
• Approaches to prototyping interactive design
• Development of interactive products
• Running of usability workshop to test experimental designs
• Recording and analysis of user experience
• Evaluation and implementation of designs

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KF6002 -

Legal and Evidentiary Aspects of Digital Forensics (Optional, 20 Credits)

You willl develop a critical appreciation of the legal and regulatory aspects of a digital forensic investigation. You will also have the opportunity to apply the theory and skills derived from the relevant taught modules on this programme to an advanmced level by solving an extensive and complex case. You will be required to resolve any problems or issues associated with that case as well maintain evidential integrity throughout, document your activities and present your findings to an accepted standards.

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KF6003 -

Advanced Operating Systems II (Core, 20 Credits)

This module aims to extend the theoretical and practical implementation of Network Services in a hybrid networked environment and to investigate the current and future trends of network services. The module will provide an opportunity for you to develop the skills and knowledge to critically appraise and select the features of current OS's and how they are configured and integrated to provide corporate level services. You will learn how to analyse the requirements of a business and then map those requirements into a hybrid network environment utilising services appropriately.

The syllabus of the module will cover topics such as:
- Network OS implementation of TCP/IP
- OS implementations of (e.g.) system accounting, security
- Hybrid deployment of (e.g.) DNS, HTTP, file sharing, database services (e.g. MySQL).

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KF6004 -

Wireless Networks and Security (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to be suitable for a variety of networking professional roles including those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of 802.11 protocols, security and enterprise deployment. Additionally, it is suitable for wireless network administrators and support or design staff requiring a greater understanding of the new technologies and applications of modern converged networks and delegates seeking Certified Wireless Network Associate (or similar) certification. You will study the following areas:

Enterprise wireless deployment elements and methodologies.
Basic RF charactersitics for mobile systems
802.11 protocol operation and technologies
wireless security issues and attack vulnerabilities.

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KF6005 -

Network Technology 3 (Core, 20 Credits)

You will be provided a detailed examination of wide area networks (WANs). A particular feature of the module is the incorporation of subject areas from Cisco’s Networking Academy programme CCNA4.

The main topics you will engage with on this module include:

1. Introduction to Wide Area Networks (WANs): Theory and practice of relevant WAN protocols and technologies, including: PPP, Frame Relay, MPLS, GRE, VPN, IPSec.
2. Topics related to WANs including NAT, PAT, DHCP.
3. Network performance and security in a WAN context.

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KF6012 -

Web Application Integration (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn how to write robust, secure server-side applications using reusable components written in Object Oriented PHP to access, process and output structured data from databases, and services returning data as xml and json. You will then learn how to author client-side Single Page Applications (SPA) using the MV* pattern which will use the structured data returned from your server-side application. The SPA will use an appropriate development framework, like Google AngularJS framework

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KF6015 -

Games Design (Optional, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the design of computer games, the needs of and the issues facing the games industry and their impact upon games design. You will analyse a games problem and create a designs for their solution using industry standard methods. In particular you will learn about:
• Principles of good game design
• The elements of game design
• How games are made in the industry and the makeup of the industry
• Professional, legal, social and ethical issues faced by the industry in general, and how they affect the game designer.

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KF6018 -

Computer Graphics and Animation (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the theoretical background to and the practical implementation of computer graphics and computer animation, which are two major components in the movie and game industries. They are also used in other industries for design and advertisement, such as furniture and car companies. On this module you will have the opportunity to experience hardware equipment used in the industries, such as a 3D motion capture system, 3D scanners and 3D printers, to help you better understand state-of-the-art computer graphics and animation pipelines.

You will learn about 3D modelling and rendering, perception principles, visualisation techniques, animation algorithms and simulations and how to implement software algorithms for 3D modelling, rendering, visualization and simulations - which you will use to develop your own software artefact. This module will cover the following topics:

1. Basic 3D geometry concepts, such as coordinates, transformations, view projections, etc.
2. 3D rendering components, such as modelling, illumination, shadowing, texture mapping, antialiasing and rasterization, etc.
3. Basic perception principles, such as gestalt principles, change blindness, colour theory, etc.
4. Visualization techniques, such as multivariate visualization methods, trees, networks, flow and volume visualization, etc.
5. Character animation algorithms, such as motion capture, keyframe animation, forward/inverse kinematics, dynamics controller, etc.
6. Crowd simulation algorithms, such as flocking, data-driven simulation, etc.
7. Physical simulations algorithms, such as fluid animation, hair simulation, cloth simulation, deformable objects, etc.

The module will, where appropriate, make use of well-known research papers and journals in computer graphics and animation, to help you develop your critical thinking skills, as well as your research and development skills.

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KV5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Computer and Information Sciences (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KV6003 -

Individual Computing Project (Core, 40 Credits)

This module is an individual project where you have the opportunity to choose or define your own topic which will lead to you producing a significant piece of work related to the aims of your programme. To do this you will need to use and further develop skills that you have learned elsewhere in your course. You will become knowledgeable in your chosen topic including important concepts and literature and you will acquire new skills or learning (or extend existing skills or learning) that are needed to carry out the project. These could be technical skills such as a new programming language, or other knowledge and skills such as experimental methods used in your chosen area or the use of statistical techniques to analyse your results. You will also acquire or further develop skills in areas such as report writing, literature searching, research methods, data analysis, project management and personal time management.

You have the opportunity to choose between three structures for your project, including
• Software Engineering - suitable for projects whose emphasis is the construction of a piece of software (a product) for actual use or to a similar standard, following sound and thorough software engineering processes; you will be required to justify the product requirements and the tools and techniques used in support of the development.
• General - suitable for projects where an element of investigation is an important feature, and will include a significant literature review. The product may be a prototype aimed at supporting the investigation. It is also suitable for research-based projects or others whose main product is a computing deliverable other than software, e.g. a well-engineered design whose specification involves a significant element of supporting investigation of relevant literature, or a piece of computing hardware
• Investigative - for projects that carry out a significant piece of research or investigation. These projects must make use of practical computing skills related to your programme, but do not produce a substantial product.

Your project must include you undertaking practical work of some sort using computing/IT technology. This is most frequently achieved by the creation of an artefact as the focus for covering all or part of an implementation life-cycle. Projects based solely on literature review activity and/or user/market surveys are not acceptable.

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ML6001 -

Unilang - Languages for All - Level 6 Placeholder (Optional, 20 Credits)

The 20-credit yearlong Unilang modules (stages 1 – 5 depending on language) aim to encourage a positive attitude to language learning and to develop and practise the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing introducing the basic/increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary of the spoken and written language (depending on stage) and developing your ability to respond appropriately in spoken and written form in simple and increasingly complex everyday situations.

These modules also introduce you to the country and the culture of the country. In doing this, Unilang modules are intended to encourage and support international mobility; to enhance employability at home and abroad; to improve communication skills in the foreign language and in English as well as cultural awareness.

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