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Undergraduate Factfile 2013 entry: Computer Forensics BSc (Hons)
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.
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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
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, you will be joining a relaxed and friendly department 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.
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, 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.
- Introduction to Computer Programming
- Web Design and HCI
- Computer Systems
- An Introduction to Computer Forenscis and Security
- Computing and Society
- Computer Networks
- Principles of Computer forensics
- Computer Law
- Object Oriented Software Development
- Database Design
Year 3 sandwich degree:
- Year-long placement
Year 3 or year 4 for sandwich degree students
- Network Security
- Computer Forensics and the Criminal Justice System
- Mobile Systems and Network Forensics
- 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.
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 department 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 confidently
- Understand 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!
Course entry requirements
Will I be interviewed?
No interview required (UCAS application form only)
Can this course be deferred?
Yes, please contact us to discuss your options
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course. This funding does not have to be repaid.
- Achiever's Scholarships: for excellence in areas such as volunteering, sports, the arts, citizenship: a maximum of 100 awards of £1,000 per year for the duration of your course
- The Vice Chancellor's Award: is a highly prestigious award for outstanding students: a maximum of 6 awards of £10,000 per year for the duration of your course
- Michael Brown Scholarships: reward for academic excellence: a maximum of 12 awards of £1,000 per year for the duration of your course
- Dream Plan Achiever's Scholarships: reward for academic excellence: a maximum of 100 awards of £1,000 per year for the duration of your course
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To qualify for the LJMU Bursary of £500 per year, you must have a household income of £25,000 or less a year and meet other eligibility criteria. The money does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.
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National Scholarship Programme
LJMU will be awarding 980 National Scholarships to students joining the University in 2013/2014. Each award is worth £3,000 and this money does not have to be repaid. In order to be considered for this funding, your household income must be £16,000 a year or less and you must be a full-time first year undergraduate on your first course at university.
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Like most universities, 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.
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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. The maximum amount you can get while studying at LJMU is £5,500 if you are living away from home or £4,375 if you are living in your parental home. Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
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If you are a full-time student and your household income is £42,611 or less, you can get maintenance or living cost grant. You don't have to pay this money back and it's up to you to decide what to spend it on.
- If you are a full-time student with a household income of £25,000 or less you will receive a full grant of £3,354 per year.
- Partial grants will be available if you have a household income over £25,000 up to (and including) £42,611.
- Part-time students are not eligible for this grant.
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To find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding
“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 in 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 from both the Computer Forensics course and the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences 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 CF 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 from CF 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 in 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.
Is Computer Forensics for you? 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's 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 but 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.
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
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.
International Academic Awards
All international students applying to LJMU for full degrees starting in the academic year September 2013 to September 2014 will be entitled to an international academic award of £1,000. This award will be offered at source and deducted from your Year 1 tuition fees.
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 (email@example.com) 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:
- 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 Programme||IELTS||TOEFL (CBT)||TOEFL (IBT)|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||150||52|
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The IELTS score required for this course is: IELTS 6.0 is acceptable in lieu of GCSE English grade C.
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
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