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Course details


9 weeks



Why choose? this course?

Learn the fundamental knowledge concerning computer security, basic cyber threats and the corresponding detection and defence techniques. Core security concepts, terminology, technologies and professional cyber security skills will be introduced via case studies and experiments.

Key course features

  • Study online in your own time.
  • Develop your knowledge of cyber security concepts, issues and networks.


What you will study

  • Introduction to cyberspace and cyber security: computer security, web security, operating system security, wireless/network security, mobile security, programming security.
  • Concepts and terminology of cyber security: basics of encryption and cryptography, virtual platform, cloud, protocols, hacking, malware, virus, botnets, pentest, information security practice/standards.
  • Basic coverage of security software: anti-virus software, packet sniffers, anti-spyware, intrusion detection/protection software, digital forensics software, pentest software.
  • Introductory overview of network security: types of networks, network protocols, network security and protection, VPNs, firewall configuration/maintenance, network intrusion and detection systems.
  • The human factor in security: authorisation mechanisms, usability issues, risk analysis and control, cyber-ethics, cyber bullying, social media attacks.

You will need to log in weekly to access the course content and undergo your studies.

The total learning time on the module is 200 hours. Online sessions will be available for students to engage with the learning materials.

Entry requirements & applying

There are no entry requirements for this course; just an interest in the subject!

The booking for this course closes a week before the course start date.  If you would like to find out more about future dates for this course please contact enterprise@glyndwr.ac.uk

Teaching & Assessment

  • A 1.5-hour test for students to demonstrate their understanding of material covered throughout the module.
  • Assignment based on the successful completion of a series of tasks or a given case study scenario. Students will produce a report (about 2000 words in total) detailing their findings of the investigation.
  • 2-hour practical test to assess the understanding of fundamental concepts and their practical application.

Fees & funding


Do you live in Wales? We have a number of funding opportunities available, please complete the form to find out if you are eligible to study this course for free. Apply now via this form.

Course dates & delivery

This course doesn’t have any fixed dates for the 2023/2024 academic year but is available upon demand.

If you would like to be part of a cohort for this short course, or if you would like to register a cohort from your workplace, please email us at enterprise@glyndwr.ac.uk.

The delivery of this short course can be flexible to meet your or your business’ needs.