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Bsc (Hons) In Computer Science with a specialism in Digital Forensics

Duration:

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Award:

APU, Malaysia 

Intake:

24 September 2019
19 November 2019

This programme is specifically designed to provide students with:

  • The ability to develop technical knowledge, skills and background in the design and organisation of computer systems with an emphasis on digital forensics
  • • The ability to critically evaluate design paradigms, languages, algorithms, and techniques used to perform advanced digital forensics investigation and incident response
  • • The ability to evaluate and respond to opportunities for developing and exploiting new technologies with digital forensics methods and tools.

Entry Requirements: 

  • A Pass in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.0) in any 2 subjects and a Credit in Additional Mathematics at SPM Level or its equivalent; or
  • *2 Passes in A-Level and a Credit in Additional Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/ IGCSE OR 2 Passes in A-Level including Mathematics and a Credit in Mathematics at O-Levels.
  • 5 Grade B’s in UEC, including Additional Mathematics; or
  • **Passed the APU Foundation programme (minimum CGPA of 2.0) with an acceptable achievement in “Further Mathematics” module and a Credit in Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent; or
  • **Passed the APU Foundation (minimum CGPA of 2.0) with a Credit in Additional Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent; or
  • **Passed the Foundation/ Matriculation from other institution, with a minimum CGPA of 2.0, with a Credit in Additional Mathematics at SPM/ O-Level/ IGCSE or equivalent; or
  • **APU Diploma (minimum CGPA of 2.5) with a Credit in Mathematics or Additional Mathematics at SPM/ O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent; or
  • ** Diploma from other institutions with minimum CGPA of 2.5 and a Credit in Additional Mathematics at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or equivalent; or
  • Canadian Pre-University (CPU) with minimum average of 50%; or
  • Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) with minimum average of 60%; or
  • South Australian Matriculation Certificate (SAM) with minimum of 60%; or
  • International Baccalaureate with minimum 24 marks;
  • Victorian Certificate of Education with minimum average of 50%;
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma with minimum average of 50%; or
  • A qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.

Note:
*Overseas qualification maybe accepted if Mathematics at 12th Grade/ A-Level is comparable to Additional Mathematics at SPM/O-Level. Students can be given preferential entry for Credit in ICT related subject in SPM/O-Level/IGCSE.

**Students who do not have a Credit in Additional Mathematics in SPM/ O-Level/IGCSE but have an acceptable achievement in Mathematics related subjects during the Foundation or Diploma which may be equivalent to SPM/O-Level/IGCSE Additional Mathematics, can be accepted into Degree Programmes. Students can be given preferential entry for ICT related subject in SPM/ O-Level/ IGCSE.

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


Course Structure and Modules: 

DEGREE LEVEL 1

As computer science students specialising in digital forensics, students will first learn the relevant Level 1 modules to provide the fundamentals of knowledge and skills. Digital forensics is an evolving field with many sub-disciplines. Thus, technical knowledge is as equally important with the practical hands-on to promote meticulous and critical minds in performing digital forensic investigations.

The common modules include Mathematical Concepts for Computing, Operating Systems & Computer Architecture, Fundamentals of Software Development and System Analysis & Design. Students will also learn the Introduction to Networking, Databases and C Programming as part of their core modules.

A strong foundation in knowledge with relevant technical techniques and analytical thinking skills are important pre-requisites for their second and third year studies. To provide the essentials of this programme, Introduction to Security Technologies and Forensic Tools and Techniques are offered as specialised modules in Level 1.

Introduction to management introduces the third key area to promote the understanding of personal and organisational development. The overall study experience comes along with independent learning and team working skills.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Introduction to Management
  • Mathematical Concepts for Computing
  • Operating Systems & Computer Architecture
  • Fundamentals of Software Development
  • System Analysis & Design
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Introduction to C Programming
  • Introduction to Security Technologies
  • Introduction to Forensic Tools & Techniques

In addition to the above, all students are also required to successfully complete General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-Curricular Activities.

DEGREE LEVEL 2

A broader range of knowledge and skills will be learnt at Level 2. Students will exploit the technologies innovatively to implement software/system and develop feasible solutions to computing problems, specifically in the realm of digital forensics.

Digital forensic is a discipline where consistent practice is required to ensure the acquisition, examination and presentation of digital evidence are following legal requirements. Well-versed professionals specialised in digital forensics are flexible in performing range of computing tasks with extended theories and aligned strategies.

The core modules take development and investigation skills to the next level and deepen the understanding of the discipline, while specialised modules pave the ways for students to go further into areas such as Advanced Forensic Methods, Ethical Hacking and Incident Response and Practical CTF Strategies. Research Methods for Computing & Technology module facilitates the students with the right tools and techniques for completion of their final year investigations and project in Level 3.

Professional development, creativity and innovation and independent learning are continuous themes in the students’ studies at APU. Level 2 ends with an internship that offers the students an opportunity to move outside the classroom and show their professionalism in the workplace.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Professional & Enterprise Development
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • System Development Methods
  • Object Oriented Development with Java
  • Data Structures
  • Research Methods For Computing & Technology
  • System & Network Administration
  • Computing Theory
  • Computer Systems & Low Level Techniques
  • Advanced Forensic Methods
  • Ethical Hacking & Incident Response
  • Practical CTF Strategies

INTERNSHIP (16 weeks)

Students will undertake an Internship/Industrial Training for a minimum period of 16 weeks to prepare them for a smooth transition from the classroom to the working environment.

DEGREE LEVEL 3

In their final year, students will portray their personal and professional development in the field of computer science, specifically in digital forensics based on their previous studies and industrial experience. These are further refined in accomplishing Project Management, Innovation Management & New Product Development and Emergent Technology common modules.

Students will extend the capabilities developed in previous levels into the focus of specialised modules. These include Algorithmic, Advanced Cyber Security, Penetration Testing, Mobile Forensics, Deep Learning for Intrusion Detection as well as Legal and Professional Practice in the Cyber World.

A final year project requires the students to investigate and develop a solution for a real world problem. This provides proof of their ability to combine technical knowledge, programming skills and critical thinking skills to achieve a goal, which is an important addition to their academic portfolio.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Project Management
  • Innovation Management & New Product Development
  • Emergent Technology
  • Algorithmics
  • Advanced Cyber Security
  • Penetration Testing
  • Mobile Forensics
  • Deep Learning for Intrusion Detection
  • Legal & Professional Practice in Cyber World
  • Investigations in Digital Forensics
  • Project in Digital Forensics

MQA Compulsory Subjects*

  • Ethnic Relations (M’sian Students)
  • Islamic & Asian Civilisation (M’sian Students)
  • Malaysian Studies (Int’l Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (Int’l Students)                                                                      
  • Co-Curriculum                                                                                                                                                  

(*All students are required to successfully complete these modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency)


Career Options:

  • Digital Forensics Investigator
  • Forensic Compliance Investigator
  • Computer Forensics Analyst
  • Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst
  • Cyber Defense Incident Response Analyst
  • Ethical Hacker / Penetration Tester
  • Intrusion Detection Analyst
  • Forensic Analytics Specialist
  • Secure Applications Engineer
  • Information Security Analyst / Engineer
  • Information Security Technical Specialist
  • Computer Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Course Fees:

Malaysian StudentsInternational Students

Year 1: RM 27,300
Year 2: RM 28,800
Year 3: RM 29,700
Total: RM 85,800

Year 1: RM 27,600 (USD 6,900)
Year 2: RM 28,900 (USD 7,230)
Year 3: RM 29,900 (USD 7,480)

Total: RM 86,400 (USD 21,610)

* Fees stated above do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.

KPT/JPS (N/481/6/0506)(PA4622)06/19
All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.