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BScComputer Systems (Forensic and Security)

Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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Why choose this course?
This course aims to enable you to identify security risks and preventative measures in technological solutions. You will learn the basic principles and practice of collecting computer data as evidence of computer crime.

You will learn how systems operate in terms of their software and hardware infrastructure. Based on this you will learn how to manage such systems as a system administrator specialising in ensuring security. Your knowledge will be further developed to give you a good appreciation of security issues and the steps organisations need to take to protect themselves from security breaches and crime.

This course is accredited by the bcs, The Chartered Institute for IT to Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status.
There’s an opportunity for a year-long paid work placement and the School has strong links with local industry representatives such as Siemens, Her Majesty’s Governments Communications Centre (HMGCC), Experian and Exce
This course shares a common first term with BSc (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering and BSc (Hons) Computer Systems (Networks) providing you with the flexibility to review your pathway once you have started studying.
Our student work can be groundbreaking, innovative and consistently attracts industry attention.
You will work with our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 80% world-leading or internationally excellent research impact (REF2014).

Programme structure

What will I study?
The Computer Systems cluster of courses focuses on behind the scenes infrastructure aspects of computer systems. All students learn about the infrastructure components involved in networks, communications and operating systems as well as learning about the types of systems that they support.

There are approximately 40 places available across this cluster of courses and by offering a common first term with BSc (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering and BSc (Hons) Computer Systems (Networks) you can review your pathways at the end of Year One.

Year One

Foundation in Computing and Technology
Systems Programming
Systems Technology
System Analysis and Design with Professional Development
Year Two

Network Design and Administration
Computer Security Management
Communications Technologies
Distributed Network Architectures and Operating Systems
Information and Database Engineering
Practical Project Management
Year Three
Optional work placement

Final year

Security Technologies
Computer Crime and Forensics
Wireless and Mobile Communications
One from the following optional modules:

Mobile Platform Development
Service-Centric and Cloud Computing
Business Analysis
Information Systems Management
Communicating Science and Technology
Professional Practice

You will be assessed on a variety components including:

Coursework and Practical 65%

Group projects
Oral presentations
Written 35%

Written tests
How will I study?
Scheduled contact time in lectures and seminars is around 12 hours per week and these will be held on Clifton campus. Lectures are spread between various buildings on campus, including Erasmus Darwin, George Eliot and Computing and Informatics Building.

What’s included in the course fees?
Your course fees cover all the facilities and support you need to succeed. This includes:

Extensive computing facilities, some available 24/7 and including technician support
Most major software used available across the campus machines, including Adobe Master Collection Suite (exception is Encase which is housed in our specialist isolated Networking and Forensics labs)
Dedicated online storage to support backup of work
Free or discounted personal copies of all software used on the course except Encase
Microsoft Academic Alliance membership which gives you free copies of all Microsoft developer software including operating systems, Visio and Project
Free personal copy of 3D Studio Max
Extensive equipment available to loan for coursework and project work e.g. cameras, phones, games consoles
Extensive free training software including tutorials on 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, Tcredit points/IP Packet analysis, Java, Javascript, HTML5, Oracle.
About the Computing and Technology Team
Computing and Technology comprises 35 full time academic teaching staff. We and our students have excellent support from our four dedicated technicians. We are very proud to have achieved 80% world-leading or internationally excellent research impact (REF2014).

We have a rich mix of knowledge ranging from software development for different types of system through to hardware aspects such as networking. This involves many uses of computing and considers all aspects including security and management. Our knowledge is built up and maintained through our wealth of industrial experience, our industrial links and our research activity. These are the ingredients for ensuring the relevance and vitality of your course.

Much of our research is internationally recognised, particularly in the areas of Games for Learning and in Security. For example, Prof David Brown leads several projects, funded by the European Union, in games and assistive technology while Prof Paul Evans’ innovative developments in security are supported by USA Dept of Homeland Security.

We engage fully in our subject area and this engagement feeds directly and indirectly into our teaching. Other examples of our activity are:

developing patents e.g. in voice signal processing
involvement in the GameCity Festival
organising conferences on Interactive Technology and Games and on Intelligent Environments
working with local companies on funded projects e.g. enhancing the capability of the press association to search their image database
publishing novel findings in research publications on for example financial prediction, mobile communications, detection of human behaviour patterns.

Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

enhance your communication skills
enrich your experience when travelling abroad
boost your career prospects.

Career opportunities

Your career development
Nottingham Trent University has an exemplary graduate employment record. As one of our graduates, you will possess a wide range of academic and transferable skills, including investigative and analytical techniques, problem-solving, planning, organisation and communication skills, all of which are invaluable for a number of careers including Security Analyst, Forensic Consultant and Network Administrators

Recent graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:

American Express – Business Analyst
Esendex – Software Development
Experian – Product Consultant
UK 2 Net – Dedicated software engineer
Wipro Technologies – Associate Consultant.
Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Richard Hodgson
BSc (Hons) Computer Systems (Forensic and Security)

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Computer Systems (Forensic and Security) course at NTU. It not only offered an excellent range of practical forensic content and security theory, but also offered education in a much wider set of computer systems skills, that have made me highly employable.”

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States