University of the West of Scotland

Postgraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 07/07/2022 15:07:29

Named Award Title:MSc AdvCompSec/CySec/DigForenics/CompNet&IntSec

Award Title for Each Award: MSc  AdvCompSec/CySec/DigForenics/CompNet&IntSec
PG Dip  Advanced Computer Security
PG Cert  Advanced Computer Security

Awarding Institution/Body:
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:Accreditation will be sought from BCS & NCSC
Maximum Period of Registration:3 years full-time, up to 4 years part-time
Mode of Study:Full Time
Part Time
Campus:Lanarkshire

School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Programme Leader:Sean Sturley

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

Appropriate Undergraduate Qualification
Bachelors Degree with Honours awarded at 2.1 in Computing Science, Computer Networking. Applicants who have other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent or have at least 3 years of relevant industrial experience may also be considered.
Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.


Further desirable skills pre-application


General Overview

This Masters programme has been design from the ground up to meet the needs of industry, by the inclusion of current methodologies, modules designed and taught in collaboration with industry professionals and by exposing students to contemporary tools and techniques.

The students will be encouraged to cultivate their skills through a practice based learning approach which will allow them to develop a detailed understanding of the numerous security problems and factors facing industry today.

The modules are designed to enable the students to understand the legal, ethical and social impact of security breaches alongside developing a skillset valuable in any business sector.


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

Graduates of the programme will be universal, work ready and successful across three dimensions (academic, personal and professional) which encapsulate the breadth of the learning experience at University level.

The statement of general objectives identifies the ways in which the students’ transferable intellectual skills are developed and evaluated, particularly their ability to:

(i) communicate in speech, writing and other appropriate ways: this is achieved through the inclusion in modules of assessments where the students make a presentation, or complete an assignment, or answer examination or class test questions, or participate in the work of groups, and in other ways more specific to individual modules.
(ii) argue rationally and draw independent conclusions based on a rigorous, analytical and critical approach to data, demonstration and argument: this is required in all examinations and class tests, and is a particular feature of the Master’s project.
(iii) apply what has been learned: in all modules there are requirements for students to exercise problem-solving and simulation studies, in which they apply the principles covered in the course to situations that model, to some degree, realistic problems in computer systems.
(iv) use the development technologies and skills taught to create computer systems as solutions to the problems identified from users.
(v) demonstrate an awareness of the programme of study in a wider context: many modules contain aspects where the wider organisational context are referred to.

The Programme Leader is assigned  as the personal tutor for each student. Students are expected to meet their personal tutors on a regular basis, at least once per term, to discuss issues relating to academic progress etc.

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

Opportunities for industry focused learning activities have been built into some of the modules of the programme enabling students to engage with employers. These include ‘live’ case studies, problem-solving scenarios, and individual work-related projects. Some industry and research based placement will be offered in the programme.

Engagement

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. PG Cert
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a knowledge and critical understanding of Digital Forensics, Cyber and Network Security
A2Carry out work that evidences a critical understanding of the practical aspects of Digital Forensics, Cyber and Network Security.
A3Demonstrate a critical awareness of the capabilities of relevant forensic techniques and security technologies

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Develop expertise in a range of specialised skills, techniques, practices that are at the forefront of, and are informed by recent developments.
B2Apply skill, knowledge and understanding in the planning and execution of techniques of enquiry
B3Demonstrate a critically understanding that the impact the law has on Forensic Enquiry and Network and Information Security

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Use a range of skills including academic writing and referencing skills, analysis and interpretation of complex information and the use of appropriate ICT skills to aid dissemination of information
C2Be able to communicate information effectively with different audiences using a range of appropriate methods.
C3Demonstrate an effective use of communication skills

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Identify, conceptualise and apply critical analysis to new and abstract problems and issues related to Digital Forensics, Cyber and Network Security
D2Critically review and consolidate knowledge relating to Digital Forensics, Cyber and Network Security
D3Be able to interpret and analyse forensic and network data and information using ICT Tools.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Be self-directed and take responsibility for own study and using own initiative
E2Develop time management skills to schedule and manage own and, where appropriate, others activities
E3Use initiative to cooperate and share learning with fellow students and, where appropriate, demonstrate leadership in teams

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11COMP11079Fundamentals of Digital Forensics10check markcheck mark Core CS/DF - See note 2
11COMP11080Cyber Security Principles10check markcheck mark Core CS/DF/ CNIS - See note 1
11COMP11081Governance, Risk Management and Compliance10check markcheck mark Core CS/DF/CNIS - See note 1
11COMP11085Law and the Expert Witness10check markcheck mark Core DF - See note 4
11COMP11086Cyber Security: Law and Ethics10check markcheck mark Core CS/CNIS - See note 3
11COMP11094Network Penetration Testing10check markcheck mark Core CS/CNIS - See note 3
11COMP11095Networks and Protocols20   Core CNIS - See note 5

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
1. Core for the Cyber Security, Digital Forensics and Computer Network & Internet Security pathways.
2. Core for the Cyber Security and Digital Forensics pathways.
3. Core for the Cyber Security and Computer Network & Internet Security pathways.
4. Core for the Digital Forensics pathway only.
5. Core for the Computer Network & Internet Security pathway only.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11COMP11087Linux Forensics Analysis10   See note 1
11COMP11091Memory Forensics10   See note 1
11COMP11097Penetration Testing Programming10check markcheck mark See note 2
11COMP11096Programming for Digital Forensics10   See note 1
11COMP11100Web Application Penetration Testing10   See note 2

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
1. Optional module(s) for the Digital Forensics pathway only.
2. Optional module(s) for the Cyber Security and Computer Network & Internet Security pathways.

Criteria for Progression and Award

For the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) Advanced Computer Security, 60 credit points are required of which a minimum of 40 at SCQF 11 and none less than SCQF level 10.


B. PG Dip
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a critical and deep understanding when examining current and emerging techniques, standards, methodologies and tools that support the development of forensic analysis or secure systems.
A2Develop and deploy information gathering and network security solutions using suitable methodologies, technologies, software tools etc.
A3Identify and use suitable tools in the exploration and evaluation of forensic and network security data.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Gain expertise in using a significant range of the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with the role of either Forensic or Cyber Security specialist.
B2Develop expertise in a range of specialised Forensic or Cyber Security skills, techniques, practices and associated materials that are at the forefront of, and are informed by recent developments/research.
B3Critically analyse and evaluate theoretical and technological developments in the subject areas of Digital Forensics or Cyber Security

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Make effective use of a range of ICT tools to effectively communicate with others.
C2Effectively use software tools to support Forensic and Security activities.
C3Develop and apply numeracy skills to assist in the decision making process

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Carry out critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of strategies meeting a given set of requirements
D2Deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information
D3Evaluate information from a variety of sources including printed and online academic journals to enhance the quality of the learning experience and performance.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Demonstrate an ability to manage and work autonomously with a range of self-directed learning resources.
E2Demonstrate an ability to work on a common project with other members in a team.
E3Demonstrate a substantial ability to adopt reflective practices that enable critical analysis and reflection on own work and that carried out by others.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11COMP11089Malware Analysis10check markcheck mark Core CS/DF/CNIS - See note 1
11COMP11017Research Design and Methods10check markcheck mark Core CS/DF/CNIS - See note 1
11COMP11077Applied Cryptography10check markcheck mark Core CS/CNIS - See note 2
11COMP11075Advanced Network Forensic Analysis10   Core DF/CNIS - see note 3
11COMP11076Advanced Network Security10check markcheck mark Core CS - See note 5
10COMP10073Advanced Digital Forensic Analysis20   Core DF - See note 4
11COMP11074Advanced Mobile Forensics10   Core DF - See note 4

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
1. Core for the Cyber Security, Digital Forensics and Computer Network & Internet Security pathways.
2. Core for the Cyber Security and Computer Network & Internet Security pathways.
3. Core for the Digital Forensics and Computer Network & Internet Security pathways.
4. Core for the Digital Forensics pathway only.
5. Core for the Cyber Security pathway only.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11COMP11075Advanced Network Forensic Analysis10   See note 1
11COMP11082Incident Response10check markcheck mark See note 1
11COMP11102Intrusion Analysis10   See note 1
11COMP11099Threat Intelligence10check markcheck mark See note 2
11COMP11101Wireless Security Testing10   See note 2
11COMP11084JTAG & Chip-Off Forensics10   See note 3
11COMP11088macOS Forensic Analysis10   See note 3
11COMP11078Big Data Forensics10   See note 3
11COMP11092Mobile Application Security Testing10   See note 4
11COMP11076Advanced Network Security10   See note 5

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
1. Optional module(s) for the Cyber Security, Digital Forensics and Computer Network & Internet Security pathways.
2. Optional module(s) for the Cyber Security and Computer Network & Internet Security pathways.
3. Optional module(s) for the Digital Forensics pathway only.
4. Optional module(s) for the Cyber Security pathway only.
5. Optional module(s) for the Computer Network & Internet Security pathway only.

Criteria for Progression and Award

For the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) Advanced Computer Security, 120 credit points of which a minimum of 90 are at SCQF 11 and none less
than SCQF level 10 are required.


C. Masters
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate extensive, detailed and critical knowledge of the literature relevant to a chosen topic
A2Display a broad awareness of current issues relevant to a chosen topic
A3Display a critical understanding of a range of specialized theories, principles and concepts relevant to a chosen topic

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Plan and develop a detailed dissertation
B2Critically evaluate research and a range of information and evidence
B3Analyse, evaluate and interpret evidence and theory underpinning both general practice and the relevant subject area of the project

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Utilise a range of written skills to compare and contrast literature
C2Effectively use a range of module related software tools
C3Undertake critical evaluations of a wide range of numerical and graphical data.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Develop a critical understanding of the planning, conducting and reflecting and reporting on a programme of Masters level of research on a chosen topic
D2Evaluate information from a variety of sources including printed texts and online academic journals
D3Be able to critically reflect on the relationship between theory and practice relevant to a chosen topic

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Demonstrate an ability to manage and work autonomously with a range of self-directed learning resources
E2Demonstrate an ability to define and carry out tasks autonomously, demonstrating critical enquiry in producing quality work underpinned by rigorous relevant research and investigation
E3Demonstrate a substantial ability to adopt reflective practices that enable critical analysis and reflection on own work and that carried out by others

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11COMP11024Masters Project60check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Award

For the MSc Advanced Computer Security, at least 180 credit points of which a minimum of 150 are at SCQF 11 and none less that SCQF level 10 are required.

For the named exit award:

MSc Cyber Security
MSc Digital Forensics
MSc Computer Networks & Information Security

students need to meet the criteria above and complete the core modules for each pathway as indicated in footnotes above.


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework.

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.

Combined Studies

There may be instances where a student has been unsuccessful in meeting the award criteria for the named award and for other more generic named awards existing within the School. Provided that they have met the credit requirements in line with the SCQF credit minima (please see Regulation 1.21), they will be eligible for an exit award of PgCert/ PgDip in Combined Studies.



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