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    Undergraduate Factfile 2014 entry: Computer Forensics  BSc (Hons)

    Please note: this information relates to courses starting from September onwards in the 2014/2015 academic year.

    UCAS Course Code: G550
    Mode of Study: Four years including an opportunity to spend one year on industrial placement

    Fast fact: Tutors on this course have been praised in student feedback for their teaching and student care.

    G550
    As well as developing a good grounding in general technical abilities we were able to take part in lectures which inspired great discussions and also have hands on experience of industry standard forensic tools.
    Steven Tallant, Computer Forensics graduate, July 2011

    Course at a glance

    • Links with over 450 local and national organisations, including IBM, Merseyside Police, Lloyds TSB and HM Treasury
    • Opportunity to undertake a year’s paid industrial placement
    • Practical, hands-on experience incorporated into modules wherever possible
    • State-of-the-art computing facilities with specialist computer forensics software
    • Exciting careers in computer forensics analysis, computer security, network or system administration, or data analysis

    Degree preparation courses for international applicants

    LJMU offers international students the option of completing pre-undergraduate programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These programmes offer progression routes onto a range of degrees at the University. For more details, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/isc

    Your lecturers

    We are proud of our academic staff's high quality teaching standards and approachability. Informal staff-student relationships are excellent. If you decide to study with the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences you will be joining a relaxed and friendly community in which staff are committed not only to their students’ welfare but also to ensuring that courses are continually developed to meet the needs of employers.

    Course overview

    Over the last few decades, information technology has transformed the way in which commerce and industry operate, but it has also provided criminals with a new way of committing crime, either against the computer itself or the information it holds. Computer forensics has been developed in response to this relatively new phenomenon, and major organisations are now reliant on computer forensics professionals to protect their sophisticated computing systems.

    Using our state-of-the-art computing facilities, including a dedicated lab with FTK and EnCase software, and with teaching and staff support that have been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency, this course provides you with the technical, analytical and evaluative skills to be able to carry out computer crime investigations within organisations, law enforcement and national security.

    Our strong links with local and national organisations mean that you will have plenty of options when you come to choose your third year work placement.

    You will begin the course with a 3-day induction and then spend approximately 15 hours per week in the classroom. Independent study is a fundamental element of the course and accounts for about 70% or 35 hours of your weekly study time. Teaching is mostly via lectures with more informal lab sessions and small-group tutorials to reinforce ideas discussed in the lectures and to give you a chance to develop ideas with staff and other students.

    The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

    Level 4
    Core modules:

    • Introduction to Computer Programming
    • Web Design and Human Computer Interaction
    • Computer Systems
    • An Introduction to Computer Forensics and Security
    • Computing and Society

    Level 5 
    Core modules:

    • Computer Networks
    • Principles of Computer forensics
    • Computer Law
    • Object Oriented Software Development
    • Database Design

    Sandwich degree:

    • Year-long placement

    Level 6 (fourth year for sandwich degree students) 
    Core modules:

    • Network Security
    • Computer Forensics and the Criminal Justice System
    • Mobile Systems and Network Forensics
    • Project

    Option modules:

    • Work Placement Evaluation
    • Computing in Education
    • Green and Sustainable Computing
    • Technology Entrepreneurship
    • Cloud Computing
    • Employability and the Workplace
    • Mainframe Computing

    Assessment and feedback

    You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams plus an independent final year project which contributes substantially to your final mark. Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Blackboard (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

    Furthermore your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.

    Work-related learning

    A 12-month paid work placement in your third year gives you the ideal opportunity to put into practice all you have learnt in the first two years and gain new skills as well. The placement will give you a taste of what it’s really like to work in the industry and a head start when you come to negotiate your way around the graduate job market.

    Support and guidance

    This is a supportive and friendly school in which staff have been officially commended for their high levels of student support and commitment to learning and course development. Should you choose to undertake a year’s work placement, this support will continue as a supervisor will stay in close contact and visit you two or three times at your workplace.

    Application and selection - what are we looking for?

    We can help you acquire a wide range of transferable skills including the ability to:

    • Communicate effectively and confidentlyUnderstand and adapt to a wide range of issues involved in the implementation of computer forensics investigations
    • Manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team
    • Use appropriate sources to find and organise information
    • Select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems.

    If you would like to develop these skills, have a strong interest in computing and the field of forensics and want to work effectively within this area, then this is the course for you!

    Will I be interviewed?

    No interview required (UCAS application form only)

    Can this course be deferred?

    Yes, please contact us to discuss your options


    Course entry requirements

    1. : 280
    2. NB: Tariff points may differ for International Baccalaureate qualifications.
    A Levels
    1. : 2
    2. : None
    3. : Yes
    4. : Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    5. : Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    GCSE and Equivalents
    1. : In addition to 280 UCAS points applicants should have five GCSEs at grade C or above including GCSE Mathematics grade C and English Language grade C.
    BTEC Certificate
    1. : Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    BTEC 90 credit Diploma
    1. : Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    BTEC Diploma (QCF)
    1. : Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    2. : D*D* in National Diploma or to the value of 280 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications.
    BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
    1. : Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    2. : DMM in Extended Diploma or to the value of 280 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications.
    International Baccalaureate
    1. : Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    2. : 280 UCAS points from IB Diploma required
    Irish Leaving Certificate
    1. : Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    Welsh Baccalaureate
    1. : Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    Scottish Awards
    1. : Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    2. : Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
    Access to Higher Education Diploma
    1. : Please contact the Faculty for further information relating to acceptable subject areas.
    Key Skills
    1. : Yes
    2. : 3
    3. : Application of number, Communication, ICT, Improving own knowledge, Working with others, Problem solving
    NVQ
    1. : Not Acceptable
    2. : Not Acceptable
    3. : Not Acceptable
    IELTS
    1. : IELTS 6.0 is acceptable in lieu of GCSE English grade C.

    Fees and Funding

    Watch Fees and funding: LJMU Scholarships

    To find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding

    Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

    LJMU Scholarships

    LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

    LJMU Bursary

    LJMU Bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding. In 2014 / 2015, eligible students will receive an annual cash bursary of £500. The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

    National Scholarship Programme

    LJMU's National Scholarships are also means-tested and consist of a £2000 cash bursary. This scholarship is only awarded to new full-time Level 4 (first year) undergraduates. Any money received does not have to be repaid.

    Tuition fees

    LJMU will be charging an annual tuition fee of £9,000 for most of our degree programmes.

    The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.  Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning more than £21,000. Both full and part-time students are eligible for tuition fee loans. For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

    LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

    • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
    • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
    • UK field trips
    • Educational visits
    • Student exchanges
    • Criminal Records Bureau checks
    • Professional sector regulatory body membership
    • Governing body awards

    Living costs

    You can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student. The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning at least £21,000. Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

    In 2014/2015, the maximum amount you can get while studying at LJMU is £5,555 if you are living away from home or £4,418 if you are living in your parental home.

    For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

    Maintenance grant

    This means-tested award is available to students whose household income is below a certain level. You don't have to pay this money back and it's up to you to decide what to spend it on. Part-time students are not eligible for this grant.

    In 2014/2015:

    • your household income has to be £42,620 or less, in order for you to qualify for this funding
    • full-time students with a household income of £25,000 or less will receive a full grant of £3,387 per year
    • Partial grants will also be available to students with a household income over £25,000 up to (and including) £42,620.

    For more information on maintenance grants, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

    Student feedback

    "During my time on the Computer Forensics course at John Moores University, I found that support was always readily available and that the tutors were always happy to help when needed. As well as gaining knowledge of computer forensic techniques, tools and processes, I was also given the opportunity to study a wide range of computing subjects and to practice these skills on an industrial placement. It is this knowledge of different computing areas as well as my speciality in digital forensics that has proved essential for gaining employment in a relevant area of work."
    Stephanie Albertina, Computer Forensics graduate, July 2011

    "As a mature student who had no previous formal qualifications in computing I was initially quite worried about how I would fare on this course. I have to say that I found all of the lecturers to be extremely supportive, approachable and always seemed to have the time to sit down and explain their lectures and go over anything which I didn't understand outside of the lecture theatre. Of all the computer science degree programmes I believe that Computer Forensics is definitely one of the more interesting subjects. As well as developing a good grounding in general technical abilities we were able to take part in lectures which inspired great discussions and also have hands on experience of industry standard forensic tools. I have found that as a graduate of this course employability was easy to come by despite the state of the economy and I know that my friends have also found this to be the case. I would recommend this course to anybody who is interested in computer forensics, computer security or data recovery or those who are interested in cyberspace law and who would like to develop their technical abilities."
    Steven Tallant, Computer Forensics graduate, July 2011

    "Having just completed my sandwich year with one of the leading digital forensics companies in the UK, I am now entering my final year with confidence. The experience provided by the sandwich year has given me the edge over other students applying for the same roles. BSc Computer Forensics has given me the tools to succeed in this rapidly growing and developing industry."
    Stephen Wilson, current Level 6 Computer Forensics student

    Employer Feedback

    The creation of information technology has ensured that the fields of commerce and industry operate in a more effective and efficient manner, but it has also provided criminals with a new way of committing crime. The internet makes it easier to commit crimes, but more difficult to trace and prosecute offenders.
     
    Computer forensics is emerging as an important tool in the fight against crime and malicious activity. Crime involving computing technology is on the rise – a computer itself may be the target of the crime, or it may hold an arsenal of information that is used or generated during the commission of a crime.
    What will you get out of studying this course? This degree aims to provide you with the technical, analytical and evaluative skills required for the development of computer forensics solutions, so that you can implement computer forensics based investigations within organisations, law enforcement and national security.

    Professional accreditation / links

    The School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences strong links with over 450 local and national organisations mean that all of our computing courses are designed and developed to suit the needs of employers today, as well as creating excellent work placements for students. Currently we have close ties with Corus, Unilever, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, IBM, Eutechnyx, Jagex, Spiral House, Heinz, Liverpool Direct, Pilkington, MBNA Bank, HM Treasury, Lloyds TSB, Merseyside Police, Thames Water Authority, AstraZeneca, Littlewoods, Vauxhall Motors and GlaxoSmithKline to name just a few.

    Your career prospects

    Most of our graduates go on to careers as computer forensics analysts, computer security consultants, network or system administrators, or data analysts. You could find yourself working in one of a wide variety of fields including data mining, forensics applications development, the police, intelligence, security or computer forensics initiatives, network security management or education.

    Our World of Work Programme offers you the chance to get an additional certificate proving to potential employers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for in their graduate recruits. The programme has been developed in partnership with FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations including: Barclays, United Utilities, Airbus, Tate, Oxfam, Siemens, the BBC, Ford, Sony, Marks and Spencer, and the NHS. Work-related learning is included in every degree programme, giving you the chance to apply your skills in a range of professional settings, both on and off campus.

    International funding advice

    Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects. When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

    Tuition fees

    International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date. Confirmed fees for 2013/14 are available on the LJMU website: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

    Living costs

    In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKBA requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month). LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.

    Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

    Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

    Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

    If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

    You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

    Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk) for guidance.

    Your visa application

    As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

    Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

    • Passport
    • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
    • Evidence of financial support for the programme
    • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
    • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
    • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

    English language qualifications

    All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKBA-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

    This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

    Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

    Type of ProgrammeIELTSTOEFL (CBT)TOEFL (IBT)
    International Foundation Programme4.515052
    Undergraduate degrees6.022060-78

    For up-to-date details on all courses and entry requirements please go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/courses

    To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

    English language support to improve IELTS

    If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete a pre-sessional English course. LJMU offers pre-sessional English language courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help develop your English language ability ahead of starting your course. Before completing the online application form, please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.studygroup.com/isc/ljmu/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk

    Degree preparation courses

    LJMU offers international students the option of completing pre-undergraduate programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. LJMU’s degree preparation courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/isc

    How to apply

    All applicants should apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system at www.ucas.ac.uk. If you need help or advice on your individual application, you should contact your careers adviser or call the UCAS Customer Service Unit on 0871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 hrs (UK time)

    If you are calling from outside the UK and are unable to use the number above, please contact them on 0044 871 468 0 468

    UCAS Details

    1. LJM
    2. L51
    3. G550
    4. BSc /CFor

    Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this information at any time.


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