Undergraduate study
 

Course overview

This broad-based degree gives you a comprehensive understanding of business concepts and models with specialist knowledge of cybersecurity.

You study business organisation, management, leadership and enterprise combined with specialist modules in Data Acquisition and Security, Information Security and Cybercrime, Information Security Management and Advanced Security Techniques.

This programme will be particularly of interest to those seeking to be part of the next generation of cybersecurity graduates to support, enhance and protect business.

 

Course details

Year 1 is mainly tutor led and focuses on providing you with the necessary underpinning in terms of broad business knowledge and skills. You explore key business and management concepts as well as those in your specialist area. The cybersecurity element of this course starts with an investigation into data collection. You are introduced to the diverse world of data available to organisations, and to the tools and techniques used to acquire, filter and process that data legally and ethically.

Year 2 takes a more student-led approach with an emphasis on exploring your own interests and deepening your insights as well as having more responsibility for your own learning. During this year you develop a broader international perspective to the study of business. As well as studying core business modules, including a module where you gain practical work experience via self-identified project, you also study how to incorporate security from the design stage onward and introduced to techniques on how to assess the security of existing networks. You develop a detailed understanding of information and network security concepts and principles as well as the tools and configurations available to defend your network technologies. You identify and discuss secure infrastructure needs for business requirements, including cloud-based systems.

The final year explores more advanced topics within business and management and you develop your awareness of your own responsibility as a future leader of business. You gain a detailed underpinning knowledge of security techniques required for internet connected systems, this means you must understand the mind-set of attackers and how they apply the tools and techniques to compromise online systems. You review the latest tools and techniques for both attacking and defending computer systems, and gain knowledge of cybercrime, electronic social engineering and penetration testing to understand what is happening in real world cybercrime and other online events.

You have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action by undertaking a self-managed independent project via the Dissertation module.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Enterprise

Business Finance

Data Acquisition and Security

You are introduced to the diverse world of data available to organisations, and to the tools and techniques used to acquire, filter and process that data legally and ethically.
You explore issues of data representation and data quality, information architectures and scale. The principles and techniques of information security and governance are introduced.

Information Security and Cybercrime

You cover a range of issues relating to information and computer security, including systematic approaches to managing security risks, elementary cryptography, how computers are used in the execution of crime, and how such crimes are investigated.

Internet Architecture and Security

You study a range of issues in computer security and information security, including access control, technologies used to implement security measures, models of security and cryptography, management of security issues, and the design of systems. How security systems fail is covered, along with related areas such as the legal and ethical background and physical security.

Understanding Organisations

You study some of the general principles of business management, particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour, the business environment and the impact of these areas operationally. You are also introduced to the concept of strategic management with an emphasis on organisational resource and competency. And you consider the impact of organisational behaviour on overall business effectiveness, examining the role of the individual within the organisation and exploring motivation, perception and personal impact.

 

Year 2 core modules

Agile Management

Cyber Team Project

Information Systems Security

A range of issues in computer security and information security are considered in this module, including access control, technologies used to implement security measures, models of security and cryptography, management of security issues and the design of systems. How security systems fail is also covered, along with related areas such as the legal and ethical background and physical security.

International Business and Management

You develop an understanding of the main issues affecting international business in the global economy and explore topics including globalisation, trade, economic growth and development. You focus specifically on examining these topics across different cultures. As the module progresses you become able to differentiate cultural variations and the impact of cultural difference on individuals and key organisations. You also have the opportunity to study a culture of your choice in-depth.

Networks and Systems Administration

Key aspects of network and systems administration as applied to the IT scenario are introduced in this module, which includes a study of current network filing systems, user account issues including account setting up (bulk and individual), generating IDs and passwords, password policies account administration, suspending accounts, changing quotas and passwords and issues associated with wireless networks etc.

The importance of secure storage and backup of user data will be addressed, along with other maintenance issues, network management issues and network performance monitoring.
The significance of licences and legality (or otherwise) of user software will be investigated, as will policies on network and account security, viruses, and attack by hackers (DOS) and spammers. Finally, some of the ethical and moral concerns surrounding account privacy will be investigated.

Research Methods

Building on prior learning within various stage 1 modules, this module develops your understanding and awareness of the principles and practicalities underpinning ethical and rigorous research. Through interactive seminar sessions with research-active academic staff, the module develops the practical skills you require for conducting a rigorous and ethical research study. The skills developed and knowledge gained will link to the stage 3 Dissertation module.

 

Final-year core modules

Contemporary Issues in Business Management

You develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice. You study three key interrelated contemporary issues facing businesses - internationalisation; technological innovation and sustainability.

Contemporary Studies in Games

You investigate and evaluate emerging trends in computer games using critical, cultural and contextual studies. You are required to carry out an exploratory written research paper into computer games using appropriate academic resources that have relevance to your main subject area and degree pathway as well as the computer games market place.

Game Publishing

With the rise of independent developers and alternative distribution platforms, it has become easier than ever to get games to market. You examine the various platforms of game publishing and distribution, examining the various procedures and methods involved in getting your game to market in the modern games industry. This module consists of studio-based practical sessions, seminars, tutorials and individual work. You develop a new business proposal related to the field of games, complete with a marketing/funding pitch for a concept.

Strategic Management and Responsible Leadership

You are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively lead change in business and enterprise. You will consider macro environment and contemporary issues, specifically relating to leading change, leading and implementing strategy and leading commercial development. You identify personal leadership qualities and skills and improvement strategies which will promote change and organisational development.

 

and one optional module

Computing Project

You complete a large scale piece of work, under the supervision of an academic staff member. You produce a substantial artefact relating to the computing field, and complete your report and viva consisting of a presentation, demonstration and discussion of the artefact.

You are guided to develop an appropriate sense of work-discipline coupled with a professional outlook. You take responsibility for the planning and execution of an extended piece of work including the consideration of associated legal, social, ethical and professional issues. You are able to explore in depth a chosen subject area, and thereby demonstrate your ability to analyse, synthesise, and creatively apply what has already been studied on the programme while demonstrating critical and evaluative skills and professional awareness.


Dissertation

Your final year dissertation is an opportunity to do an independent piece of research, demonstrating that you know how to take a systematic approach to research, analysis and evaluation within a structured business-orientated framework. It also encourages you to reflect and critically evaluate your personal development.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

Modules are taught by lectures, seminars, practical workshops, work-based activities and group work. Teaching staff adopt a range of web-based technologies to deliver module content, assess, provide feedback and communicate with students.

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed via a variety of methods including assignments, examinations, group work, presentations and live practical projects.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 80-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent), together with maths and English at GCSE, grade 4 (grade C) or above (or equivalent).

We welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements. We will take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Work placement

Between Year 2 and your final year, you have the opportunity to spend a year in industry on placement, or study abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively you could proceed on to the final year.

Career opportunities

Due to the diverse nature of the degree our students progress to a range of careers in business and cybersecurity, both nationally and internationally.

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the extra practical employability characteristics that will make you more attractive to employers in the job market in the years to come.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff use their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits.

We offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third years to ensure you are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge plus the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for you to find and secure industry year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our award-winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years (or 4 including a work placement year)
  • UCAS code: NI60 BA/BC
  • Typical offer: 80-104 tariff points

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