Cyber Security and Forensics

Unit description

Computer Security 
This unit provides a strong understanding of security principles, models and designs, and links these with their applications amongst real-world systems. There is an applied focus in the unit, and practical sessions will enable students to develop skills in how to test for and exploit security vulnerabilities, and ultimately recommend mitigation strategies. 

Cyber Forensics and Information Technology 
This unit combines three separate disciplines: Technology, Law and Forensic Analysis, which together form the paradigm of cyber forensics. It offers an insight into the cyber forensic environment and looks at the preservation, location, selection, validation and presentation stages of cyber forensic examination. Students will undertake theoretical study as well as conduct analyses of crime scene simulations to combine theoretical and experiential knowledge. 

This unit focuses on database design, implementation and management. Topics include data modelling, database administration, logical and physical database design, non-relational databases, recovery, relational model, security, standard query language (SQL) and transaction management. The theory material is complemented by practical work using common database management systems.

Information Security Policy and Governance 
This unit covers the advanced study of information security policy and governance at an organisational level. Students will gain an understanding of standards and policies, as well as the international, national and local regulatory requirements governing organisational information technology systems. The unit will address relevant data protection legislation, industry best practices and risk management techniques. 

It will also teach the necessary skills to evaluate and measure organisational compliance and to determine the appropriate organisational strategy to best support its information security needs. 

Information Technology Project Management 
This unit identifies, explains and explores a project management approach to information and communications technology (ICT) systems development. In particular, the content is specifically designed to deliver practical insights into managing and coordinating the activities of an ICT project. 

Each topic in the unit covers content that explains the journey from project initiation to project closure, and students can gain an understanding of these issues by assessing and making decisions about a real-world scenario. As a part of this knowledge and skill development, students will learn about key aspects of cost management, procurement management, project analysis, project integration management (PIM), quality management, resource management, risk management, scheduling, scope management, and stakeholder and communications management. Additionally, students can gain an understanding of key documentation and industry standards, which can help them in their careers.

Introduction to ICT Research Methods 
This unit provides an introduction to research in the information and communications technology (ICT) discipline. It explores the kinds of research questions addressed in ICT research and provides an opportunity for students to understand the broad range of research approaches used in ICT research including action research, case study research, design research, experimental research and survey research.  

Students will develop both research and project management skills, and gain the knowledge and skills needed to critically evaluate the ICT research literature.

IT Professional Practice Project 

Students in this team-based unit will use information technology (IT) approaches to solve real-world problems from a range of domains. The creation of relevant project deliverables will require students to build upon skills developed during their studies. They will learn to appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of their project and how the skills of team members from different IT majors are required to solve complex problems. Project management and communication with clients and other stakeholders in a professional manner will be emphasised.   

Security Architectures and Systems Administration 
This unit will consider the architecture and administration of a secure computing environment from several perspectives: the local machine, a networked computer system and an organisational information technology infrastructure. 

It provides an understanding of the hardware and software environment required to support security and mitigate risks, and reviews models of system security as well as the techniques to evaluate and measure said security. Throughout these areas, systems analysis tools and techniques will be introduced to support these security goals. 

Systems Analysis and Design 
This unit introduces methods and techniques for analysing problematic organisational situations, particularly those leading to the development of an information system, and it draws on both technical and organisational materials to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to design and implement an operational system.