This specialist course focuses on the technical aspects of computer system security and systems management. The award is designed to provide up-to-date, relevant and practical information on the technical aspects of computer security. This field is becoming increasingly important as the use of information systems becomes more widespread in the lives of individuals, business and society. This course equips students for careers which require in-depth knowledge of security issues at a technical and managerial level. Potential careers include systems administrator or security penetration tester. Each module is taught in a five-day block of lectures and you will need to spend a substantial amount of time working independently on reading and preparing for assessments. This should represent about 160 hours of work. Stusents are sent a pack that will contain work to complete before the start of the module. This is typically directed reading to introduce the student to the concepts underpinning the module. Most of the assessment is by coursework. While the style of coursework may vary, most will be the submission of a research style paper or essay. Each module normally has two essay/papers of around 3,000 words. This course is designed for Honours graduates. While any discipline is acceptable, all entrants must have IT skills and extensive experience of the sector or be graduates in computing or a related area.