Introduction

Computer Network Security Programme Area is one of the programme areas in the School of Computing and Informatics.

This Programme Area offers currently Bachelor’s (Hons) degree programme in Computer Network and security with an aim of providing students the skill and knowledge to enable them to make practical and valuable contributions towards national development in the field of Networking.

In addition to Academic Degree programme, we would be also focusing on research solving issues pertaining to Networking & Security in Wired, Wireless, Mobile, Cloud, internet of Things. The Degree students in this programme area would thus have an opportunity to work on such research issues towards their final year project contributing to networking industry.

The programme is designed in a way so that graduates will be equipped with necessary academic knowledge and also hands-on experience to solve some of the challenging issues of the Networking and Telecommunication Industry.

In this programme Area we would also offer research degree towards Master’s by Research and PhD programme shortly.

The academic staff members constituting our programme area have adequate academic and industrial experience pertaining networking.

We hope that Students at the completion of study in this programme Area would find themselves well equipped with skill, knowledge and hands on experience to be employed in networking industry and towards pursuing higher degrees in Networking.

Courses

 

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computer Networking

General Aims

The main aim of the programme is to meet demands of local Networking and Telecommunication industries for highly capable skilled graduates. The programme seeks to address the skills shortage by providing potential students with necessary knowledge and abilities that will be attractive to future employers. The programme has been developed with good industry links to ensure that graduates are equipped with necessary skills and knowledge to meet ever changing demands of Networking industry.

The degree programme also inculcated research attitude in students by engaging them with newly developed technologies in networking. Mature candidates both in public and private sectors who have significant relevant experience in field and relevant qualifications at HND or equivalent level will also be eligible to apply.

The degree programme consists of basic Computing & Networking modules and more specialized networking modules. There is also final year project in degree programme where emphasis would be placed in solving research and industrial problems pertaining to networking and security resulting in good quality Networking graduates.

Programme Aims

Upon completion of this programme, graduates are expected to have:

  • Understand current and emerging networking technologies
  • Develop expertise and interest in networking technologies of direct and complementary relevance to work
  • Design, implement and test a network system using state of art standard and technology
  • Develop skills to manage and monitor network performance in order to maximize customers’ satisfaction
  • Develop skills to design and implement a highly efficient and cost effective network
  • Develop skills to implement latest networking technologies for various application industries

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computer and Information Security

General Aims

Both public and private organizations are embracing computer and information technology so as to increase efficiency and provide better services. With stupendous growth of information technology, the rise of different security threats are increasing at alarming rate. To provide secured computer and information technology, many organizations would require security experts in near future. The prime object of the programme is to provide in-depth understanding of security threats and their solutions.

The programme has been developed with good industry links to ensure that graduates are equipped with necessary skills and knowledge in order to successfully contribute when they step into their profession role. The degree programme also inculcated research attitude in students by engaging them with emerging security threats. Mature candidates both in public and private sectors who have significant relevant experience in field and relevant qualifications at HND or equivalent level will also be eligible to apply.

The degree programme consists of basic Computing & Networking modules and more specialized computer and information security modules. There is also final year project in degree programme where emphasis would be placed in solving research and industrial problems pertaining to security. This will facilitate producing skilled security experts who will successfully contribute in realizing secured computer and information systems.

Programme Aims

Upon completion of this programme, graduates are expected to have:

  • Understand current and emerging computer and information technology.
  • Develop expertise and interest in understanding network security threats in the era of information and communication technology.
  • Develop skills to come up with successful defense mechanisms and strategies in order to overcome (avoid) any security threats.
  • Develop skills to implement latest security technologies for various application industries.

Careers and Further Studies

Degree graduates in networking and security possess many career opportunities in terms of network programmer, network design & analyst, network administration, network consultancy and security consultancy in various networking, telecommunication and other relevant industries. The degree programme also provides a platform for graduate’s career development, innovation and further study towards pursing further studies leading to Master’s and Phd

Entry requirements

A minimum of a credit six (C6) in Mathematics GCE O-level or its equivalent, AND

A minimum of a credit six (C6) or equivalent in English Language GCE O-level or an IELTS score of 6.0 or a TOEFL minimum overall score of 550 or its equivalent. The English Language requirements may be waived where qualifying studies in Higher Education were in the medium of English Language, however, where candidates completed their higher education more than 2 years prior to their current application they will need to show that they have continued to study or work in the medium of English.

For applicants who have obtained a GCE A level certificate:

  1. The minimum requirement is 200 ‘A’ Level points for 3 ‘A’ level passes including:
    – one subject from Group A and two subjects from Group B or
    – two subjects from Group A and one subject from Group B or
    – three subjects from Group A.
  2. 180 ‘A’ Level points for 2 ‘A’ level passes including
    – at least one subject from Group A and one subject from Group B or
    – two subjects from Group A.Relevant A-level subjects:

Group A:
Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Computer Studies/Science and Thinking Skills

Group B:
Applied ICT/IT, Accounting, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design & Technology, Economics, Geography, History, Psychology, Sociology, English Literature, Media Studies, and Travel & Tourism.

Applicants with International Baccalaureate Diploma must have a score of 24 points with minimum of 5 points in Mathematics at higher level and minimum of 4 points in two sciences at higher level (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science or Design Technology.

For applicants who have obtained a BTEC/BDTVEC Higher National Diploma in Business or Computing or any related Engineering Fields (eg: Network, Electronic and Electrical Engineering) within 2 years of the proposed admission date, the minimum requirement is an overall average of 60%. Other applicants, who obtained their HND more than 2 years before the proposed admission date, will be considered on a case-by–case basis, with an expected achievement equivalent to at least an overall average of 60% plus relevant work or other experience.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking account of any relevant work or other experience.

Master of Science in Information Security (Full Time & Part Time)

Programme Aims

The threat of IT security attacks is increasingly apparent to either individuals or organisations across the world. From hacking to phishing, scamming to grooming, and botnets to cyber-terrorism, the variety and inguinity of exploits appear to expand constantly.

This programme will provide students with advance knowledge of information security and an awareness of the context in which information security operates. Students will be exposed to a wide range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills, enabling them to develop a flexible professional career in information security.

Entry requirements

General

  • At least second-class honours Bachelors degree, or equivalent, recognised by the Senate.

    AND

  • At least a credit or equivalent in English Language GCE O-level or an IELTS score of 6.0 or a TOEFL minimum overall score of 550 or its equivalent. The English Language requirements may be waived where qualifying studies in Higher Education were in the medium of English Language. Where candidates completed their higher education more than 2 years prior to their current application they will need to show that they have continued to study or work in the medium of English.

Programme-Specific

Hold a second-class honours Bachelors degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline, recognised by the Senate. Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking account of any relevant work or other experience.

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