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Computer Network Security with Ethical Hacking UCEN Manchester Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Manchester Metropolitan University


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Today's computers keep vast amounts of strategic data and keeping it secure is critical. Network security is vital for businesses of all sizes, government agencies, government services and religious organisations, and individuals with personal data. With technology evolving almost daily, qualified security, network experts are in high demand, especially in small and medium sized enterprises.
Network security jobs cover a wide range of subjects. Database administrators are responsible for managing and protecting data. Computer systems analysts use the computer's technical abilities to meet the needs of a particular type of industry or company. Network administrators and computer system administrators oversee network security as part of their jobs. Computer security specialists focus exclusively on computer security for a company.
Students gain knowledge and understanding of public key infrastructures, access lists, firewalls, troubleshooting of individual logic devices and computer systems. In addition to the highly technical and specialist skills within the foundation degree, business awareness skills are also taught, at the request of employers involved in the design of the programme. This ensures that students are also aware of the importance of time management, teamwork, communication skills and how to be an effective member of staff within the organisation.

On successful completion of FdSc Computer Network Security with Ethical Hacking students will be able to:

• Demonstrate practical skills in computer network security design, implementation and testing, and in the use of hardware and software, mitigate security risks.
• Compare and contrast a broad range of security issues including the ethics and legalities using ‘hacking’ skills in the workplace.
• Interpret significant awareness of implications, opportunities, limitations and risks of current developments in network security technology.
• Adapt and define well established principles in the area of network security to a problem outside the scope of their defined program of study.
• Identify the limits of their own knowledge and identify appropriate opportunities for further study and/or research in the field of network security.

Course details


Professional & Academic Development (30 credits)
The module will focus on developing and re-enforcing critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills and preparing the students vocationally by enhancing their knowledge and skills to inform existing or potential professional careers.

Networking and Security Concepts (30 credits)
This unit will provide students with the underpinning knowledge and skills to begin the journey within network security. Students who complete this unit will be able to identify security threats, vulnerabilities, and help respond to and recover from security incidents. In addition students will gain knowledge in designing and building secure networks necessary to plan and implement small secure networks across a range of applications using routers switching technology. The course covers general topics in computer and network security

Linux Fundamentals with Administration (30 credits)
This unit involves three streams; the first introduces the ethos and concept behind open source. The second stream involves the theory required to maximise the usefulness of Linux. The third stream is a practical implementation of a Linux based virtual network, which will be designed, implemented and managed.

Fundamentals of programming (30 credits)
This unit introduces fundamental concepts of computer programming. The unit includes the principles and practice of programming design, the implementation, and testing of programming solutions, and the concepts and principles of problem solving by computer

Practice-based Research Project (30 credits)
The module discipline is specific to research methods knowledge and skills gained within the Level 4 Professional and Academic Development by enabling students to engage in a small scale research project.

Network Forensic Analysis & Investigation (30 credits)
The unit is uniquely designed so that students cover the investigation and legal aspects of computer forensics, the skills required to investigate a variety of digital devices, and e-crime, computer misuse and computer security
Computer forensics is the investigation of computers and other digital devices for the extraction of evidence, which may point to particular misuse and/or criminal activity. Computer forensics and digital investigation have become necessary and crucial functions in most businesses today

Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures (30 credits)
The unit aims to provide knowledge and skills required to understand the mechanics behind hacking attacks and develop appropriate countermeasures. In addition to this, students will gain the necessary background knowledge and technical skills to undertake security audit testing on computer networks and systems. Students will be introduction to basic ethical hacking tools and how these tools would be used in a professional environment. Students will be given the opportunity to practice the principles of penetration testing by developing practices and strategies to hack into networks

Firewall technology with penetration testing (30 credits)
The main syllabus relates to a series of challenges for firewall and security configurations. In addition students gain hands-on access to practical equipment. For the security part of the unit provides a practical introduction to Cross platform Firewall technologies. This unit will provide practical experience and theoretical knowledge in the area of computer penetration testing and firewall technologies. The main aspect of the unit is underpinning knowledge and its practical application. Students will be given the optional opportunity to study on the Palo Alto Network Academy and take the PAN-ACE exam.

Assessment method

A range of assessment methods are used and could be in the form of the following:
• Reports
• Oral presentations
• Group work
• Practical assignments
• Time constrained tests
• Peer assessment
• Live industry briefs.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code G550
Institution code M10
Campus name Openshaw Campus
Campus code 7

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded).

GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded).

Additional entry requirements



Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.
Interview required for those applying who do not meet the entry requirement.
You will be asked to write a 500 word academic report and/or a practical assessment to gain an understanding of your writing and technical skills prior to the course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

You will need to purchase digital storage device of at least 1TB at an approximate cost of £50.

Provider information

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UCEN Manchester
Ashton Old Road
M11 2WH

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