Studying computing

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTED LEARNING - TABLET PC AND EBOOKS

As a computing student at Plymouth, a key aspect is how we use the technology itself to support your learning. You will receive an Apple iPad mini to give you access to various additional resources that support your modules (e.g. podcasts, eBooks (see below)), as well as to enable you to participate in interactive activities such as in-class voting and feedback, and for accessing various University online systems such as module sites, the electronic library, and of course email.

FREE EBOOKS FOR ALL FIRST-YEAR UNDERGRADUATES ON COMPUTING COURSES

First year computing students at Plymouth University have access to free of charge eBook versions of textbooks. The eBook package is worth over £300 and covers core first year modules and can be downloaded to computer, laptop, iPad, iPhone, Android phone or Android tablet.
 
This exciting initiative facilitates the learning process and enables lecturers and students to annotate texts and share their notes and views online.
 
The list of books currently available comprises:
  • Ambler - Agile database techniques: effective strategies for the agile software developer
  • Farrell - Microsoft Visual C# - An introduction to Object-oriented Programming
  • Gollmann - Computer Security
  • Goodrich - Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Silberschatz - Operating System Concepts
  • Stephens - Beginning database design solutions
  • Tavani - Ethics and Technology:  Controversies, Questions, and Strategies for Ethical Computing
  • Watson, Nagel, Pedersen & Reid  -  Beginning Visual C#
These eBooks are readable using Vitalsource Bookshelf (www.vitalsource.com), available for Windows, Mac OS X and for iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) or Android devices (please check the Vitalsource website for full system requirements). There is also a Bookshelf Online portal that allows access through most devices that have a web browser. Please see the Vitalsource web site for further information.

DEDICATED LABORATORY FACILITIES

In addition to access to our standard computing labs and other campus IT facilities, students on the computer and information security course make extensive use of a dedicated security and digital forensics lab.  This is a purpose-built, 42-seat facility that is configurable to represent a range of network topologies and monitoring conditions, and used for activities such as intrusion detection, forensic investigation, and network defence.

Practical activities and tools used within the programme include: Webgoat, secure coding, analysis of honeynet challenges, scapy, nmap, metasploit, Snort, and FTK.

INDUSTRY PARTICIPATION AND ENDORSEMENT

You can enjoy many opportunities to engage with industry practioners, such as David Emm (Senior Regional Researcher with Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team) and Ram Herkanaidu (Kaspersky Lab’s UK Education Manager) running a hands-on session about targeted threats.  A podcast of the presentation can be found on our iTunes U site.
 
"Plymouth's security degree provides a really strong foundation for those looking for a career in the industry, and having worked with the staff and students, there's clearly an equally strong environment of research and project activity that supports the course”
Ram Herkanaidu
Kaspersky Lab

COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SECURITY SOCIETY (CISS)

Our students have also formed an active Computer and Information Security Society (CISS), organising additional seminars and other student-led activities (in collaboration with our lecturers and researchers) in order to further extend the coverage for those that wish to. 2011 activities have also included a trip to the historic WWII code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park ".

 

WATCH OUR PODCASTS

An extensive range of security podcasts are available on the Plymouth University iTunes U site, including segments from our lectures, invited presentations, interviews and other activities linked to our teaching, research and industry engagement.

iTunes U collection of videos


STUDENTS PURSUE INDUSTRY-RECOGNISED CERTIFICATION

The University has joined the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants’ (EC-Council) Uni-Aid scheme to provide selected students with courseware scholarships, meeting the objective of providing hands-on, professional technical skills and knowledge to prepare them for new challenges in the cyber world.
 
In 2012, several of the computer and Information security students were provided with additional training to pursue EC-Council’s industry-recognised Certified Ethical Hacker qualification.