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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.

Study this course and you may be eligible for £2,000 off your accommodation in the first year. Find out more.

Professional accreditation

Chartered Management Institute With dual accreditation at Teesside University, as well as the degree you will receive a Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which is the only chartered professional body for management and leadership. Dual accreditation means you will automatically receive a second professional qualification upon successful completion of your programme. By adding this CMI qualification to your University qualification, you’re really on the road to success.

• You instantly become more employable when you receive a CMI professional qualification that is industry-recognised
• You will gain access to exclusive CMI networking events
• You will have the opportunity to attend lecturers from top level CMI industry-expert members
• CMI’s qualifications sit on the RQF framework and are recognised by the European Credit Framework
• CMI qualifications fast-track students into the next stage of training to become Chartered Managers
• During your students you will become a CMI Affiliate member, giving you a host of additional benefits to support your development and employability.

 
 

Course details

Year 1 focuses on providing you with the necessary underpinning in terms of broad business and cybersecurity knowledge and skills. It introduces key business and management concepts.

Year 2 lets you explore your own interests and deepening your insights as well as having more responsibility for your own learning.

The final year explores more advanced topics within business and cybersecurity and you develop your awareness of your own responsibility as a future leader of business. Finally, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action by undertaking a self-managed independent project through the Dissertation module.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Enterprise

This module will inspire you to think about entering the workplace once you have completed your studies. The module is delivered as an interactive learning experience which will enable you to develop an enterprising mind-set and help to identify some of the skills and attributes you already possess. The module content will encourage you to begin to think about your personal career aspirations, whilst addressing potential gaps linked to your knowledge, skills and experience. You will be encouraged to think in an enterprising fashion; learn new approaches to adapt and enhance your individual style. You will have the opportunity to work independently and as a member of a group by participating in personal challenges and group projects, and will learn to understand the importance of networking. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to hear from and to question experienced external practitioners.

Business Finance

You gain an understanding of the way in which accounting is used in the external evaluation of organisations and develops the ability to use accounting and finance techniques in decision making, control, management and adding value to performance.

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

The internet is a massive collection of networks that work together to enable the web. This module is intended to provide the next generation of web technologists a thorough understanding of the role of computer networks to fully appreciate and utilise within modern web-applications. Specific network design solutions are introduced; current trends in network design are explored, including the increased demand for bandwidth, mobile and wireless solutions. You will get hands on experience using key network devices for wired and wireless network.

Security threads, hazards and issues will be explored along with security risk assessment and management. Relevant protocols and hardware technologies will be introduced along with the role of legal requirements, social and ethical issues.

Secure Data Acquisition

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.

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

In a world of relentless and fast paced change the most important question for any company is ‘are we agile?’ In other words are we able to deal with new situations and changes quickly and successfully. For many the answer is no. In this module you will learn how to get to yes through the greatest resource available: people. You will develop knowledge and understanding of why much of management is no longer fit for purpose (management 1.0), and how a new alternative is emerging (management 2.0) is an alternative fit for the 21st century.

Cyber Team Project

You gain an understanding of cybersecurity, while taking into consideration appropriate professional, legal and ethical issues. The majority of the module is practical and based on scenarios relevant to cybersecurity. You will be placed in an active learning environment to enable development of team working and project process skills

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.

Information Governance

You identify the goals of information governance, from protecting the needs of the stakeholder to ensuring the transparency of processes and how these link together to support data governance principles such as integrity, transparency, auditability, accountability, standardization and change management.
You study a range of governance topics including law, regulations, and compliance; security governance and risk management; security for cloud architectures and issues around 3rd party data storage.

Service Management

The recognition of the close relationship between business and an ICT infrastructure has culminated in the rise of a service-led approach to ICT management, and as such, you gain and understanding of how this approach improves services offered to businesses, by infrastructure through improved design and management methods.

Service delivery is a standard approach used in commercial and industrial environments for delivering network services, it is defined in the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and approaches the network in terms of the end-to-end service that it delivers to the end user. In other words, it is a user/business centred approach to designing, implementing and managing networks. Networks are critical to the commercial activities of most organisations and anyone working in network services is almost certain to come into contact with some, if not all, of the subject areas you cover on this module.

Strategic Management and Responsible Leadership

You will gain the necessary knowledge and skills in effective strategic management and responsible leadership in the wider context of business and enterprise. The current context of the macro environment will be explored and contemporary issues will be considered by specifically relating to leading change along with leading and implementing strategy. You will 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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Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 80-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

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

For additional information please see our entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


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

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

Qualifications

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Full-time

Entry to 2020/21 academic year

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

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

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

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time
 
 
 

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15 August 2020
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