UCAS Code: I290
3 Years Full-Time, Typically 4.5 Years
Start Dates: September 2020, September 2021
Department: Computer Science
Location: Edge Hill University The systems and information that networks contain are
key assets for organisations, so it is essential they are run
Specialise in the management of networked computer systems, their security and forensic
analysis as you prepare to manage a modern IT infrastructure on a degree accredited by
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Studying Abroad Option Available Sandwich Year Option Available International Students Can Apply
Work Placement Opportunity Professional Accreditation
BSc (Hons) Computing (Networking,
Security and Forensics)
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professionally. Working on real life projects and using
industry-standard equipment as part of a lively learning
environment, this degree will prepare you to manage
modern IT infrastructures, but will take you beyond
technical network administration to integrate IT
management, project management, network theory and
practice, and security and forensics. A short work
placement and an optional year-long industry placement
will help you develop technical and managerial
perspectives to view the network as a strategic resource.
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Course in Depth
What will I study?
In Year 1 you will study a balanced range of current
computing topics covering the fundamentals of analysis
and construction of systems, as well as the foundations of
computer science, multimedia technologies, and web
design and development. This experience, together with
expert advice from your personal tutor, will enable you to
make an informed choice when selecting subsequent
Year 2 provides a more specialised focus on networking
and data communications, introducing security and
forensics, together with computer systems
architecture. There is also a dedicated module focused on
enhancing your employability and developing essential
skills for the workplace. This module includes the
opportunity of a work placement to enable you to relate
theory to practice. On completion of the second year you
have the option of undertaking a 12-month industrial
placement before beginning your third year.
In Year 3 you will have the opportunity to develop
knowledge and skills in more specialised and developing
areas of technology. These include areas such as
information and network security applications. You will
also complete a research and development project which
can take the form of either the creation of an appropriate
piece of software or hardware or the writing of an
academic paper. The emphasis at this level is on the
development of independent study and learning.
How will I study?
Computing involves considerable practical activity and
many classes are based in computer workshops, focusing
on student activity as a means of learning. Theoretical
concepts will then be introduced by building on solid
To enhance your employability, you will be given
opportunities to work together and develop the essential
people skills to complement your technical ability. You
will also have the opportunity to undertake a work
How will I be assessed?
The pattern of assessment is varied and designed to
ensure you acquire a range of skills, particularly those
required by future employers. You will design and write
programs, write reports and essays, critically analyse
documents, deliver oral presentations and undertake
examinations. We want you to develop an ability to work
independently and as part of a team.
Who will be teaching me?
You will be taught by staff who are passionate about
student learning and development. The programme team
are specialists in computing and active researchers in
areas including security, networks and forensics.
Academic staff are regular contributors to academic
conferences and journals.
A Great Study Environment
The Department of Computer Science is based in the
state-of-the-art £13m Technology Hub. This
purpose-built development offers highly contemporary
suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science
Our modern computer laboratories are equipped with
high-specification computers, high-resolution screens
and the latest hardware and software.
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A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual
Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual
environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a
virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K
There are also specialist laboratories for networking and
games programming, in addition to a specialist research
laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style
lecture theatre, and 'The Hatchery', a working space for
new business ideas.
Learning resources include robots and a robotics
simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware,
graphics software, web development tools, software
development environments, big data servers, eye
trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other
specialist software required for studying forensics and
internet security techniques.
The department has strong links with industry and the
curriculum is kept current and highly relevant through
input from our Employer Advisory Panel.
A dedicated Enterprise Projects Team and Web Factory
social enterprise initiative recruit students to paid work
on a range of commercial projects. This provides you with
the opportunity to gain experience in a commercial
environment. You will also be actively supported in
developing solutions for local businesses through your
Competitions including 'University Technology
Challenge' and 'Hackathon', organised in collaboration
with companies such as Barclays, the BBC and Talk Talk,
allow you to show invention and initiative through, for
example, inventing new apps and presenting a business
case in a highly competitive environment.
An annual employability conference and specialist
careers fair prepare you for employment. You can also
engage with research through the 'INSPIRE' initiative,
with some of our students having papers published at
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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)
CIS1107: Foundations of Computer Science (20 credits)
Foundations of Computer Science introduces you to the concepts and practices of problem solving through a series of
innovative class seminars and individual experiments. You will learn to identify a problem, analyse it, and produce a
structured solution. Exploring common issues within computing, you will also see how all of the separate areas merge,
overlap and depend on each other in order for a robust computing system to be developed.
CIS1108: Digital World: Information Systems and Design (20 credits)
Digital World: Information Systems and Design explores how the world of the 21st century is underpinned by
computing technology. The module will develop your understanding of the essential concepts of systems analysis,
including identifying systems processes, understanding business needs and presenting appropriate IT solutions. You
will then apply this knowledge of systems analysis and design methods to make suggestions for improvement of a
business, its processes and information systems.
CIS1109: Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)
Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks explores how the world of the 21st century is underpinned by
computing technology while challenging you to envision your future developments as a Computing professional. The
module discusses how current and modern computer architectures operates. It also analyses the technology on which
computer architecture depends, starting with current central processing units (CPUs) and their instruction sets and
progressing to the principles of modern multitasking operating systems that are supported by the underlying
hardware architectures. An important aspect of modern computer technology is networking. The module introduces
and covers basic principles of networks, their interconnecting components and protocols used in enabling reliable
CIS1110: Web Design and Development (20 credits)
Web Design and Development is a fusion of two distinct areas in the world of web content production. The module
will enable you to develop a sound understanding of the World Wide Web, the related technologies, the relationships
between them and also their use. You will also explore colour and design theories, layout and typography. In addition,
the module provides an appropriate setting to introduce some of the more powerful, user friendly web development
tools used widely in the industry today, along with HTML and CSS and both client and server side scripting.
CIS1111: Programming: Concepts to Construction 1 (20 credits)
Programming: Concepts to Construction 1 provides a practical introduction to the fundamentals of an
object-oriented approach to software development. You will be introduced to the analytical techniques and processes
that are essential for specifying, designing and implementing applications.
CIS1112: Programming: Concepts to Construction 2 (20 credits)
Programming: Concepts to Construction 2 provides