This programme is specifically designed to provide:
The IT degree and all of its specialisms have similar modules in Level 1. Modules that provide a foundation for any IT professional include System Analysis & Design, Fundamentals of Software Development, and Introduction to Programming in an appropriate language. Technical knowledge and skills essential in this field of specialisation are introduced in Operating Systems & Computer Architecture, Introduction to Networking, and Introduction to Security and Forensic Technologies. Introduction to Management and Computing & IT in the Workplace provide a foundation for multi-disciplinary education and understanding personal and organisational development. Important and relevant skills for independent learning are introduced throughout this level.
Specific skills related to Forensic Computing are enhanced at this level through the Computer Systems and Low Level Techniques, Data Recovery, Tracing and Evidence Gathering, Intellectual Property, Ethics & Legal Issues, and Ethical Hacking & Incidence Response modules. Your analysis and design skills are developed with System
Development Methods, while your programing skills are sharpened with Object Oriented Development with Java, Programming Concepts in C++, and System Programming & Computer Control. Along with independent learning, a common theme in all APU ICT awards is fostering creativity and innovation in individuals and teams. These themes are the specific focus of the Creativity & Innovation and Research Methods for Computing & Technology modules.
The focus of Level 3 is further development of relevant technical skills and the ability to apply these skills with strong critical thinking and analysis. Specific forensic computing topics are covered by the Malicious Software and Security Programming, Digital Evidence, and Legal & Evidentiary Aspects of Forensic Computing modules. Computer Systems Security, Design of Corporate Communications Systems, and Computer Systems Management provide a thorough understanding of how forensic computing fits into information systems security initiatives to support modern organisational activity. General personal and professional development is enhanced in Project Management, while Innovation Management & New Product Development continues the theme of generating new ideas and creating new products.
The Investigations and Project modules provide opportunity for students to further develop the academic and practical aspects of their areas of study and reinforce their independent learning skills. Furthermore, the major project that students are expected to do, will entail extensive research in domain knowledge and acquiring of skills in using tools and methods in the particular specialism. The significant aspect of this level is the demonstration of higher level critical thinking, analysis and application in the award project.
Functional roles within IT security requiring the ability to analyse computerised logs, dumps and other sources of data for purposes of auditing and investigating cases of security breaches and possible computer-related crimes.