Computer Networking and Cyber Security - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

If you want to learn how to prevent and detect cyber security breaches, from hacking to fraud, then the Computer Networking and Cyber Security BSc course is for you. You'll take classes in our cutting-edge laboratories, which are part of our Cisco Networking Academy.

 
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More about this course

With professional accreditation from the British Computer Society, this career-focused course will equip you with the key skills necessary to succeed in the computing industry.

This cutting-edge course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to pursue a career in computer networking and cyber security. You’ll look at fundamental topics such as logic and problem solving, programming and computer forensics, before moving on to specialist issues such as digital crime investigation and cloud security.

Theoretical study will be complemented by hands-on practice in our state-of-the-art computer laboratories. London Metropolitan University is the proud home of the UK’s first-ever Cisco Networking Academy, which was established more than 15 years ago. This course incorporates the complete set of CCNA modules, meaning that you’ll graduate with additional Cisco certifications on top of your degree.

Throughout the course, you’ll be supported by highly-qualified teaching staff who have strong links with the industry and potential employers.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through coursework reports, case studies, individual and group research assignments, written and lab-based exams, and a final engineering project or dissertation. You'll receive regular, supportive feedback throughout the course.

Professional accreditation

This course is currently undergoing the accreditation process for the British Computer Society (BCS), and The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which has more than 150,000 members in 127 countries.

Fees and key information

Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code GG4M
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BB or CCE (or a minimum of 80 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Cyber Security Extended Degree.

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

If you have the full Cisco CCNA certification from an approved Cisco academy, you can apply for exemption from the relevant Cisco modules.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (January start)

    This module introduces a range of fundamental concepts in both analogue and digital communications, through theory and practical exercises. The module also considers ethical, social, economic and environmental issues relevant to the Communications and Telecommunications fields. The module aims:
    1. To introduce students to fundamental concepts of modern Communication Systems;
    2. To differentiate between analogue and digital communications and their typical uses;
    3. To provide a working technical vocabulary for describing commonly used telecommunication systems;
    4. To provide an understanding of telecommunications systems concepts such as bandwidth, the decibel, sampling, coding, multiplexing, modulation, etc;
    5. To provide an opportunity for students to consider the various ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of modern telecommunications.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning

    Students will receive an introduction to the principles of information processing and an overview of the information technologies for digital data processing using computational and communication devices, including an initial understanding of the requirements for usability, quality, complexity, security and privacy of the developed solution. The students will obtain initial practical skills in modelling, design, implementation and testing of software systems for real-world application using a suitable programming language.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    Students will receive an introduction to the business environment and the role of information management and information systems within business.
    The module develops an understanding of the Information Systems, the Software Development process and the basic technology underpinning these systems. This will include database management systems and the Internet. Students which will develop key skills and knowledge in the aspects of an information system, including databases, websites, and scripts with particular regard to usability.
    • The module aims to provide an overview of the nature of organisations, their business models, and how key areas operate to meet business objectives. It introduces students to organisational culture, data, information and knowledge management, and the role of information in organisational decision making.
    • Within the module the students will be given an appreciation of the effect of ICT on organisational performance, and a basic understanding of the processes of developing and maintaining information systems, software products and services.
    • An introduction to underlying technologies (e.g., databases, Internet and Web) is embedded in the module, which also seeks to develop basic competence and confidence in the use of appropriate tools, techniques and academic and communication skills, with an underlining awareness of legal, social, ethical and professional issues.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module focuses on fundamental network terminology and concepts, e.g. protocols, Open System Interconnection (OSI) and TCP/IP models, Ethernet, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing, routing protocols and network devices, such as routers and switches. The module provides an opportunity for students to understand the interconnections of various networks and to be able to design and configure small-scaled networks given some typical (customers) requirements.
    The module aims to:
    • Provide a firm understanding of networking terminology, models and mathematics
    • Discover the types of media used to carry data across the network
    • Introduce the concepts of Ethernet switching
    • Enable students to perform subnetting of IP addresses
    • Configure and verify static and dynamic routing protocols
    • Gain experience in building a network and configuring devices for a given specification
    • Describe and configure enhanced switching technologies such as VLANs, VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP),Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol (PVSTP), and 802.1q
    • Configure and troubleshoot basic operations of routers in a small routed network
    • Configure and troubleshoot VLANs and inter-VLAN routing
    • Configure, monitor, and troubleshoot ACLs for IPv4 and IPv6

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This is an introductory programming module, designed to develop interest, ability and confidence in using a programming language. Students will gain the basic knowledge and experience to solve simple programming problems using established techniques in program design, development and documentation.
    The student is also expected to develop their confidence needed to program solutions to problems through a series of practical programming exercises.
    Assessment: Coursework 1 (30%) + Coursework 2 (30%) + Multiple choice test (40%) [Pass on aggregate]

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module develops analytical and practical knowledge and skills for configuring and managing Internetworking devices in local and Wide Area Networks. This module uses special devices to emulate a variety of Wide Area technologies. It provides further experience of laboratory team working and individual trouble shooting in EIGRP Configuration, Switch Configuration, Spanning-Tree Protocol, Virtual LANs, Frame relay and WAN design. After completing this module, student should be able:
    • To explain the operation of Local Area Network (LAN) protocols and their benefits
    • To describe the types of LAN switching and protocols
    • To understand basic concept and configuration of Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs)
    • To understand the concept of virtual LANs and its benefit
    • To understand the benefit of scaling IP addresses
    • To differentiate between different WAN services (LAPB, Frame Relay, etc)
    • To identify PPP operations to encapsulate WAN data on Cisco routers
    • To understand Network documentation, security and trouble shooting
    • To understand common WAN implementation issues.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module is aimed at providing students with fundamental concepts of modern operating systems and computer networks. It develops students’ knowledge and transferable skills for future employability. By taking this module the students will gain an understanding of key issues in relation to networking and operating system structures, fundamental issues, and services. This module also aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the operation, function and inter-relation of the major software components of an operating system and the understanding of the hardware-software interface and its control by the operating system, and the insight knowledge of user-system interface.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module focuses on computer laws, social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPI) underpinning the IT discipline. It also covers techniques for the world of work such as job search, CV and interviews as well as professional ethics and responsibilities. Topics on academic research and academic writing are also presented. (Exam and course work).

    Assessment: Coursework (60%) + Unseen exam (40%) [Pass on aggregate]

    The aims of this module are to:
    • Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the regulations governing the digital environment (e.g. Internet) and social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPI) underpinning the IT discipline.
    • Prepare students for the world of work and equip them with the knowledge and appreciation of professional bodies, code of conducts and professional certifications.
    • Introduce students to academic research and research ethics, and to academic writing.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module is in particular for those who wish to specialise in understanding, developing, and the application of IT security systems and measures in IT environments. It focuses on various aspects of security management and deals mainly with risk assessment, risk management, and standards and procedures. It provides students with an appreciation of the benefits security management provides within an information systems domain. This includes the choice and application of appropriate risk assessment and risk management techniques, coupled with an understanding of security standards and procedures.
    This module is aimed at providing students with the understanding of security risks associated with information assets and the security programs designed to protect them from security threats. This module will focus on the identification of security risks, the application of risk control and risk management measures, the appreciation of security technology, and critical understanding of security policies, standards and practices. The legal, ethical, and professional issues in security management are also covered in this module.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module is concerned with the fundamentals of security in key areas of computing in terms of understanding, controlling and managing the various risks and threats to computer-based systems. In addition, the issues in development of the security software will be dealt with via software engineering approaches.

    Assessment: Coursework 1 (30%) + Coursework 2 (30%) + Unseen exam (40%) [Pass on aggregate]

    The key skills and knoweldge to be gained are:

    1. Provide students with an understanding of fundamental computer security concepts and issues.
    2. Introduce students to the various types of security threats and risks to computer systems and networks.
    3. Develop students’ ability to identify, analyse and evaluate a range of computer security threats.
    4. Enable students to develop and/or use appropriate tools, techniques, methods, approaches and strategies to mitigate the various threats and provide practical, feasible and sustainable solutions.
    5. Equip students with appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to protect the secrecy of confidential data and information.
    6. Develop students’ knowledge, transferable skills and confidence in handling, managing and solving computer security issues leading to further academic progression and future employability in this area.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module is designed to develop understanding, knowledge and skills associated with the various malicious hacking attacks targeting computer systems and the appropriate safeguards needed to minimise such attacks.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module is based on Cisco CCNA Security curriculum delivered through Cisco Networking Academy at the University.
    This module provides a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA-level skillset and help meet the growing demand for network security professionals. The curriculum provides an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. This module helps prepare students for entry-level security career opportunities and the globally recognized Cisco CCNA Security certification.
    This module is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialized security skills, along with critical thinking and complex problem solving skills. It offers a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning. To pass this module with good grades, students are expected to have CCNA-level networking concepts knowledge and skills, along with basic PC and Internet navigation skills. The module aims:
    1. To provide a firm understanding of Security Policy design and management.
    2. To introduce students to security technologies, products and solutions.
    3. To provide students with practical experience of configuring firewalls and router security
    4. To discuss VPN implementation using routers and firewalls
    5. To introduce concepts of Intrusion Detection
    6. To explain the implementation of AAA (Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting)

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    The module enables students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills through a systematic and creative investigation of a project work in accordance with their course requirements. The topic of investigation will cover a broad spectrum of various analysis and techniques and will lead to a comprehensive and concise academic/industry-related report. Students will be assisted in exploring areas that may be unfamiliar to them and encouraged to develop innovative ideas and techniques. Students will be able to choose a project that may require the solution to a specific problem, creation of an artefact in a real-world environment or an investigation of innovative ideas and techniques related to an area within their field of study. Collaboration with outside agencies and projects with industrial, business or research partners/ sponsors will be encouraged.

    Assessment: Project Report Interim Submission (25%) + Project process (25%) + Project Report Final Submission (40% - Pass on component) + Viva (10% - Pass on component).

    The module aims to develop a wide range of subject specific cognitive abilities and skills relating to intellectual tasks, including practical skills and additional transferable skills of a more general nature and applicable in many other contexts.

    Particularly, the module aims to:

    • Provide an opportunity to learn, through supervised experience, how to plan and carry out a project through a systematic and creative approach;
    • Encourage innovation and originality in approach to investigating a problem in an area that may be unfamiliar to the student;
    • Provide opportunity for in depth study of some specialised area of suitable scale and complexity relevant to their course of study;
    • Raise awareness in potential business development opportunities in connection to the project work undertaken and of any ethical, legal and professional issues;
    • Develop reporting skills as well as the ability to communicate results, conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialists and non-specialist’s audiences, clearly and unambiguously;
    • Encourages reflection upon the relationship of design decisions to the appropriateness of the finished task;
    • Enhance professional and personal development.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    The University has a policy that all undergraduates must, at either Level 5 or 6, take a Work Related Learning (WRL) module i.e. a module which requires them to directly experience and operate in the real world of work and to reflect on that episode in order to identify skill and knowledge areas that they need to develop for their career. This module (and “partner” modules, namely, Creating a Winning Business 1 (Level 5) and Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1 and 2), are module options available to ALL University students to fulfil the University’s WRL requirement.

    This module challenges students to be creative in identifying a new business opportunity and in examining the viability of all aspects of the idea in the real world context e.g. testing potential customers’ views. As a result of the feedback received and enquiries carried out, the idea will change and develop over the duration of the module. Throughout the module, students are required to not only apply the business development theory taught but also to continuously reflect on how they have applied the theory and the skills and knowledge gained from their work. This reflective dimension promotes the development of practical attributes for employment and career progression.

    The QAA Benchmark on Business and Management (2015) emphasises the attribute of “entrepreneurship” and of “the value of real world learning”. In terms of promoting work related skills, the module specifically focuses on practical techniques for generating and developing new business ideas and so develops creative thinking. In addition, it requires students to examine market potential and prepare a “pitch” as if seeking investment. The module requires a high level of self-reliance to pursue their business idea. Students develop an understanding of the role of new ideas in business start-ups, business growth and development.
    These skills and techniques are of practical relevance to anyone considering starting a new business, working for a Small or Medium sized Enterprise (SME) or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a larger organisation where the business environment is constantly evolving and producing new challenges and opportunities.

    For those students keen to go beyond this module and start their own business, they can apply to the Accelerator for access to “seed” money and advice and support.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module enables students to undertake an appropriate short period of professional activity, related to their course at level 6, with a business or community organisation and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity can be a professional training, a volunteering activity, employment activity, an activity within the School of Computing and Digital Media Virtual Business Environment (VBE), placement or business start-up activity.
    For the purpose of this module – the VBE will be also be recognised as ‘the employer’.
    It is expected student should work for 150 hours which should be recorded clearly (in a learning log for instance) in the portfolio. The 150 hours can be completed in 25 working days in a FT mode, or spread over a semester in a PT mode.
    Students should register with the module leader to be briefed on the module, undergo induction and Work Based Learning planning and to have the Work Based Learning approved, before they take up the opportunity. It is essential that students are made aware that both the “Work Based Learning agreement” and relevant “health and safety checklist” where applicable need to be approved before starting the learning activity.

    The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to:
    • gain a useful experience of the working environment and the career opportunities available on graduation.
    • undertake a work-based project appropriate to their academic level.
    • enhance and extend their learning experience by applying and building on their academic skills and abilities by tackling real life problems in the workplace.
    • enhance professional and personal development.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    Nowadays, digital crimes are far more sophisticated and harder to fight against. It is imperative to explore advanced detective and preventive technology in combating the ever-changing computer crimes. This module provides knowledge of how to detect and prevent digital crimes. In this module, students are also prepared for their career as a professional working in Computer Forensics and IT Security industry. It provides students with practical knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the external exam from the certification of CompTIA Security+.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module equips students with professional level programming skills required for developing distributed software systems to solve real-world problems with guaranteed security. Students are taught alternative conceptual paradigms, design patterns, frameworks and programming techniques for developing distributed systems for local networks, Internet or the Web and securing data and applications. The typical phases of software development life cycle are covered using industry standard languages and tools, for example modelling (UML, XML), design, implementation and testing using popular IDEs, thereby improving students’ employment prospects. Successful completion of this module will give students an opportunity to gain professional Java certification or similar and essential modern requirements of risk assessment prior to embedding appropriate cybersecurity.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical understanding of security threats against network and cloud computing systems and the security measures designed to protect such systems. The module will explicitly develop students’ knowledge and experience in the design and application of network and cloud security solutions. The module will also equips students for further academic study and future employability in the area of computer security.

    Assessment: Coursework (60%) and Examination (40%) - Pass on aggregate

    The key skills and knoweldge to be gained are:

    Students to develop a critical understanding of the principles and technologies employed in the protection of computers and their networked communications systems from security threats.

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Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

What our students say

"Computer Networking and Cyber Security BSc is probably the best course to take if you love networking and Cisco. I totally recommend this course since it's built on Cisco, offering preparation for obtaining certifications, such as CCNA, CCNA Security and CCNA wireless, which are the core of today's networking infrastructure."
Mihai Cretu, current student

After the course

You’ll complete this course ready to pursue a career in computer networking and/or cyber security, or within the wider IT industry. Previous graduates have gone on to find employment as data analysts at companies such as CACI and Cisco Systems.

Potential employers include cybercrime investigation companies, government agencies and the police force, as well as national and international organisations that need protection against digital crime.

Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to attend regular student enterprise workshops, where you’ll have the chance to network with potential employers. You’ll also be able to gain valuable work experience through our optional work placement module.

This course is also an excellent preparation for further study or research.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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