SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2G424454
Module Leader Kenneth Ovens
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Introduction to Computer Networking or equivalent. Fundamentals of Computing or equivalent.

Summary of Content

Cybersecurity risks and threats are ever-present. The Internet and network infrastructures are increasingly vulnerable to a wide variety of physical and cyber attacks. These threats and vulnerabilities are fuelling the growing need for skilled cybersecurity professionals who can protect systems from attack, respond to security breaches and solve cyber crimes. This module covers knowledge in aspects of security in the cyber world, including information security, systems security, network security, physical security and laws. The module also provides students with an understanding of the main principles behind digital forensics, together with the principles, theories and technical skills employed in the digital forensics analysis.


Cybersecurity: -720b7 Confidentiality, integrity, and availability as they relate to data states and cybersecurity countermeasures. b7 Threats, vulnerabilities, and attacks. b7 Tactics, techniques and procedures used by cyber criminals. b7 Types of malware, malicious code and social engineering. -720b7 Technologies, products and procedures used to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability. b7 Analyse cybersecurity threat events b7 Fundamental and defining principles of digital forensics. b7 Types of acquisition. b7 Preservation of evidence, handling and integrity. b7 Incident Response Tactics -360

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:Describe the technologies, products and procedures used to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability.Analyse and interpret and data from cyber events. Explain the policies, ethics, principles and procedures of forensic investigations and be aware of the legal aspects including documentary and evidentiary standards expected in presenting investigative findings.Apply the core concepts, knowledge and practice of digital forensic methodology to computer crime investigation.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be taught by means of lectures, tutorials, and practical exercises. Students are directed to study appropriate texts and articles both paper based and web based to consolidate their knowledge of the topics covered. Assessment of learning outcomes will consist of reports from practical exercises and a final exam. GCULearn will also be used to provide access to a range of relevant learning resources and materials to enhance the teaching strategy. Interactive multimedia content including video tutorials from industry experts, games, and quizzes, addressing a variety of learning styles and helping to stimulate learning and increase knowledge retention. Activities and lab exercises that reinforce learning. During all laboratory and tutorial sessions students will receive formative feedback on their performance in undertaking the exercises. Summative feedback can be obtained for the coursework and final written exam undertaken as part of the module.

Indicative Reading

Cybersecurity Operations - Cisco Networking Academy

Transferrable Skills

C1 - Logical thinking and problem solving. C2 - Critical analysis. D1 - Communication skills (electronic, written, oral and listening) necessary to make effective presentation of a technical nature (information, ideas, problems and their solutions) to a range of audiences. E2 - Creativity, innovation and independent thinking. E6 - Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work).

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 120.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 35% Practical lab work and report (2000 words)
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 60.00 35% Unseen written exam