• » Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing with Computer Security and Digital Forensics

     Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing with Computer Security and Digital Forensics
     CAO Code  Add-on programme, not available via CAO
     LYIT internal code  LY_KCSDF_B
     Duration  1 year post level 7 Bachelor degree
     Standard Code Places:  24
     National Framework Level  8
     Award Type  Major
     Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    Ireland is the worlds' largest exporter of Computer Software. This means that there are excellent opportunities for finding well-paid employment when you graduate. Additionally, because computers are used in almost every area of modern life, the range of opportunities and types of jobs which are open to computing graduates means that the chances of having a career you enjoy are excellent.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Successful completion of the level 7 Bachelor of Science in Computing with Computer Security and Digital Forensics or an equivalent level 7 qualification with 180 ECTS credits and appropriate learning outcomes. If there are more applicants than there are places available, applicants will be selected on merit.
    The emphasis in this degree programme will be on individual independent learning. Students will require a high level of motivation and maturity and should be capable of working in a team and of completing large assignments and research projects
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterModulesMandatory/
    Elective
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     4/7  Image Processing for Digital Forensics Mandatory  5  3
     Software Engineering Mandatory  10  6
     Project Preparation Mandatory  5  3
     Secure Infrastructure Mandatory  10  6
     4/8  Legal, Ethical & Social Issues in Computing Mandatory  5  3
     Cryptography and Cryptographic Protocols Mandatory  5  3
     Development Project Mandatory  10  6
     Stenography and Biometric Security Mandatory  10  6
    Learning Outcomes
    This level 8 programme is designed to build on the knowledge gained on the level 7 BSc in Computing with Computer Security and Digital Forensics. It will broaden the scope and depth of this knowledge and give the graduate the skills required to carry out a range of both technical and managerial roles within organisations. 
    On completion of this programme the graduate will have:
    • The ability to demonstrate specialist skills required for working in the computer security and digital forensics industry.
    • The ability to apply and integrate conceptual and theoretical information relating to the skills above;
    • An understanding of emerging technologies and the factors driving these developments;
    • The ability to review available technologies, implement system modelling techniques, design and implement computer systems applying critical decision making skills in the selection of appropriate solutions with an emphasis on high-quality solutions and their limitations;
    • Specialist knowledge and understanding of skills relating to computer security and digital forensics;
    • To analyse and evaluate information and based on that information be able to formulate and appraise solutions;
    • The skills required to carry out bounded research and make decisions and justify those decisions in relation to the task;
    • The ability to recognise and apply best-practice across a range of legal and ethical areas as part of their decision making process;
    • The ability to design and development of computer systems applying critical selection and decision making skills to arrive at appropriate solutions under a variety of circumstances;
    • The ability to plan and organise work and interact effectively as part of a team;
    • The ability to manage small but potentially diverse teams in a constructive leadership role;
    • The ability to research, develop, formalise and critique original ideas using a range of tools;
    • The ability to design and implement secure computer systems;
    • The ability to assess risk and develop security strategies proportionate to assessed risk;
    • The ability to track security breaches and forensically trace, identify and document the activities of the intruder for use in damage analysis and legal proceedings;
    • The ability to work with and apply a range of advanced security topics including cryptographic methods, steganography, watermarking and biometric technologies.
    • The ability to plan and manage large-scale infrastructural security projects applying best practise as described above.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression to programmes leading to Masters Degree (by research), or a Doctoral Degree (by research), are available internally at LYIT or through a range of other Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland and abroad.
    Progression internationally to some second cycle (e.g. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes.
    Career Opportunities
    Current forecasts about the future of the computing industry in Ireland are excellent. It is projected that students who enter third level colleges this year are likely to find there are more professional computing jobs available when they graduate than there are computing graduates to fill them.
    In addition to the national demand for computing graduates there are several large computing companies in the Northwest such as Pramerica which is based in Letterkenny, Northbrook which has operations in Derry and Strabane and SITA which is owned by the air transport industry and has recently announced a major jobs expansion.
    So what kind of job would you like to do? Manage large computer systems, manage strategic security planning and implementation, be a computer forensics specialist, develop secure internet applications, projecting digital copyright. All of these careers are open to our computing graduates; it's your choice.
    For independent information on employment and salaries in the IT industry see the following report which covers 2010-2011: Jobs and Salaries in IT.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    To see what’s going on in the Department of Computing check out our Facebook Page and our Twitter Feed @LYITComputing
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304
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