Information and Network Security (Specialist Diploma) (Blended Learning) (September 2020)

University of Limerick (21SDIANSTDA)
Key Programme Details
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Minor

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

36

Department

Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS)

General Information
Contact

Ask to speak to a Springboard+ coordinator

Email

springboard@ul.ie

Phone

061-202605 or 061-234379

Address

Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
Castletroy
Limerick
V94 T9PX

Role

Springboard+ Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

23/07/2020

Start Date

28/09/2020

End Date

28/08/2021

About this Course

Applications for this course are closed since 23rd July. We are unable to accept any late applications for this course. Any applications received before the closing date will be contacted in the coming weeks with an update.

Maintaining secure networks and information systems and guarding company information are considered critical in the business environments of today.

Most companies, especially those in banking, defence, e-commerce and telecommunications are making systems security a top priority. Consequently, there is a great need for skilled professionals who can plan, analyse and implement security measures.

Given the current environment this course is planned to be delivered in line with the Universities strategy on dealing with the ever evolving COVID19 situation. Therefore this course will now be delivered in a part-time blended format for semester 1 at least.

For updates on the impact of COVID19 on delivery please keep an on this section of the University of Limerick website:
https://www.ul.ie/covid-home

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.

Objectives

The Programme will equip the student with essential knowledge and skills required to operate and design secure computer network and information systems and to give an understanding of techniques for providing security services and for the application of data forensics techniques.

Entry Requirements

Level 8 honours primary degree, at minimum second class honours, in a relevant engineering/ computing/mathematics or technology discipline.

Applicants should have a working knowledge of a programming language and of computer networking (TCP/IP).

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry requirements but who have significant relevant experience in the technology sector (minimum 5 years) and are encouraged to apply under the University Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University.

Long Description

The Specialist Diploma in Information and Network Security course is a part-time, evening, postgraduate programme spanning a single academic year (two semesters) and is designed for ICT professionals who wish to upskill to meet an emerging skills gap in the Information and Network Security area. Course delivery is designed to suit those working fulltime and will require one evening per week on-campus with a significant online component (blended-learning format).

The Programme will equip the student with essential knowledge and skills required to operate and design secure computer network and information systems and to give an understanding of techniques for providing security services and for the application of data forensics techniques.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a project/research module. The total credit weighting of the course is 36 ECTS credits.

MODULES:

EE6011 Cryptography & Security Fundamentals: Security threats, vulnerabilities and security services for e-commerce and mobile applications
EE6042 Network & Host Security: Techniques and skills for the reliable operation and protection of networks and hosts against attack
EE6032 Communication & Security Protocols: Protocol application, design and evaluation of their reliability
EE6012 Data Forensics: Forensics application for data collection, preservation, and investigation of compromised systems
IE2011 Industry-based Project: Research analysis of industry-relevant Security application
CA4003 Career Development: An optional module for those students who wish to pursue this professional development workshop. Which prepare learners with CV and career coaching, develop a LinkedIn/online presence, physical presentation and interviews skills.

For Job-seekers: The programme is also suitable for applicants with a previous history of employment who meet the entry requirements and who may require additional upskilling or reskilling in order to re-enter employment.

For those currently not in employment, the programme includes a credit-bearing Job Readiness module. Job readiness and support into employment will be provided through a series of workshops and seminars and an active engagement with motivated students in attaining employment.

The in-company project will form a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various programme concepts and their application to practical Security issues.

For those course participants who are seeking to re-enter employment, there is a strong focus on job readiness delivered through the 6 ECTS credit CA4003 Career Development Workshop to keep participants in touch with the needs of industry and to assist them academically and psychologically by bolstering their confidence in their ability to gain employment.

Timetable Info

This is traditionally a Part Time course which is a mix of online and on campus evening classes. Given the current environment this course is planned to be delivered in line with the Universities strategy on dealing with the ever evolving COVID19 situation. Therefore this course will now be delivered in a Part Time blended format for semester 1 at least.

For updates on the impact of COVID19 on delivery please regularly consult this section of the University of Limerick website:
https://www.ul.ie/covid-home

Delivery Notes

Blended

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Ask to speak to a Springboard+ coordinator

Address

Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
Castletroy
Limerick
V94 T9PX

Phone

061-202605 or 061-234379

Email

springboard@ul.ie

RPL Information

The University of Limerick operates a policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training and relevant life/work experiences. This learning is assessed initially for entry on to particular courses of study but may additionally lead to academic credits and exemptions from subjects on the intended course of study. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis, facilitated by representatives from the relevant academic departments and Registrar's office at the University of Limerick. RPL for Springboard+ 2020 will be managed by Graduate and Professional Studies as part of the application process. Graduate & Professional Studies provides support and assistance to guide the learner through their RPL application and in compiling their portfolio. The process is student centric, with consideration made on a case-by-case basis, through submitted documentation and communication with the application team and course director. The operation of the RPL policy has been applied successfully to previous cohorts. Academic and professional qualifications, work and life experience are important considerations in assessment, but motivation and overall potential for the selected course has been a major factor in evaluating applicants.

Application Procedures

APPLICATION TO A SPRINGBOARD+ COURSE WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK IS A 2 STEP PROCESS.<\b>

Step 1 is to submit your application on the Springboard+ website, you will then be sent a link via email to apply to the University of Limerick (UL) directly (this will be step 2).
You must provide all documents requested on this email which must be uploaded with your application on the UL site. It is only when we receive ALL requested documents that your application is considered complete.

Note : It may take a few days after your application is updated to 'Pending' on the Springboard+ website for us to send you the link to apply to UL (step 2).

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.

Required Documents for UL application:
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- Digital quality head and shoulders photograph.
- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE) or project work (applies to some courses only).
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language
requirements:
• If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
AND
• English language competency certificate



FEES - EMPLOYED APPLICANTS ONLY
All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider.

Employed participants will be required to make a 10% course contribution of €450 directly to the University of Limerick.

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.

Course Acceptance
In order to accept a course offer employed participants must pay a non-refundable acceptance fee of €250 to the University of Limerick. This €250 will be deducted from the contribution of €450 outlined above. The balance of this contribution fee (€200) will be payable semester 2 and is due by 15th January 2021.

In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written confirmation as outlined below:
NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process it is your responsibility to inform UL and to provide proof of new status.

Unemployed
Written confirmation from the Department of Employ Social Protection (DEASP) that you are a Social Welfare recipient at the commencement of the course.

Returners
Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof.

Employed/Self Employed
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.

Formerly Self-Employed
Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Swear a declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)