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Bachelor of Information Technology in Cyber Security and Forensics and Computer Science

Provided by: Kaplan Higher Education Academy
Awarded by: Murdoch University

Course Introduction

About the Programme
Cybercrime has quickly risen to become a top-level national security priority across the globe. Increasing the protection of data security, as well as reducing the impact of a network or database security breach, are the key challenges for IT security specialists.
In this Degree programme, you will gain a solid foundation of the theoretical and practical aspects of different dimensions of cyber security, such as network security, software security, system security measures and models, information security, computer forensics, penetration testing and vulnerability assessment.
You will learn how to forensically examine digital evidence, identify and respond to threats and information security incidents, and develop the digital forensic and critical thinking skills to solve computer crime.
In the final year of your programme, you will take part in an IT Professional Practice Project unit. This will include working in a team with other students, and consulting with real clients to recommend, develop and implement new technologies to solve cyber security problems.
Students have the option to enrol in either single or double majors.
The programme can be completed in 16 months instead of 28 months. Applicants with a Polytechnic Diploma may be exempted from up to 12 units and can gain entry to Year 2 of the programme. Applicants with a Murdoch University-recognised Kaplan Diploma or a private Diploma may be exempted from up to 8 units and can also gain entry to Year 2 of the programme.

Graduation & Degree Awarded
Students who successfully complete and pass the units stipulated in the programme structure will be awarded Bachelor of Information Technology in Cyber Security and Forensics and Computer Science from Murdoch University, Australia.
The Degree will be the same as that awarded to the on-campus graduates in Australia.

Career Opportunities
  • Computer Security Officer
  • Cyber Forensic Investigator
  • Ethical Hacker
  • Forensic Auditor
  • Information Security Officer
  • IT Security and Risk Analyst
  • IT Security and Risk Consultant
  • Network and Security Specialist
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Forensic Investigator
Double Majors Available
  • Cyber Security & Forensics and Banking
  • Cyber Security & Forensics and Business Information Systems
  • Cyber Security & Forensics and Finance
  • Cyber Security & Forensics and Management
  • Cyber Security & Forensics and Web Communication
  • Cyber Security and Forensics and Criminology

Area of Studies

Core Units
Cyber Security and Forensics
  • Computer Security
  • Cyber Forensics and Information Technology
  • Information Security Policy and Governance
  • Security Architectures and Systems Administration
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Databases*
  • Information Technology Project Management*
  • Introduction to ICT Research Methods*
  • IT Professional Practice Project*
Computer Science       
  • Advanced Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Structures and Abstractions
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Operating Systems and Systems Programming
  • Principle of Computer Science
  • Software Architectures
  • Databases*
  • Information Technology Project Management*
  • Introduction to ICT Research Methods*
  • IT Professional Practice Project*
Students are required to complete the following common units:
  • Career Learning: Managing Your Career^
  • Building Employability Skills OR Consulting and Freelancing
Applicants may be required to complete general elective units to fulfil the required credit points.
*Units common to both majors need only be taken once.
^3-year Polytechnic Diploma holders are exempted, subject to University’s approval.

Entry Requirements

Students with Polytechnic Diplomas, Kaplan Diplomas and Murdoch University-recognised Private Diplomas will be given 8 exemptions and gain entry to Year 2 of the programme. They can complete the course in 16 months instead of 28 months.

The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Forensics and Information Security and Computer Science (Double Major) accepts a wide range of qualifications with advanced standing:

These include:

  • Polytechnic Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Kaplan Diploma
  • Private Diploma will be assessed on a case-by-case basis
Additional Entry Requirements:
  • Applicants admitted to the Bachelor of Science programme may be required to undertake bridging units in order to fulfil the required prerequisite knowledge. The final decision rests with Murdoch University.
  • Successful completion of a recognised approved Diploma qualification of higher, where the language of instruction was English.

Fees & Funding

Tuition Fees
The total tuition fee covers university registration, lectures/tutorials/workshops and assessments such as assignments/tests/examinations/projects (where applicable), programme materials in digital format, Degree (if earned) and transcript.
For Singaporean/PR
  Fee inclusive of 8% GST(applicable on or after 1 January 2023)
Programme Fee S$28,684.80
(16 units with exemptions)
payable in 4 instalmentsS$29,045.52 (17 units)
payable in 5 instalments
Receive a S$400 referral fee when you recommend a friend to enrol in our Degree programme.

Non-Tuition Fees
For Singaporean/PR
  Fee inclusive of 8% GST(applicable on or after 1 January 2023)
Non-Refundable Application Fee S$205.20
Student Development Fee S$280.80
Payment for this fee will be included in the first instalment.
The Student Development Fee covers the provision of a comprehensive range of initiatives aimed at enhancing the career and industry-readiness of Kaplan students, such as programmes aimed at improving interpersonal skills, technical and digital skills, as well as career advisory and job matching services. 
All fees indicated are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST) at the prevailing rate. The prevailing GST rate from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023 is 8%. From 1 January 2024, the GST rate will increase to 9%. For more information on the GST revision, please refer to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) website. Please refer to the official price list for a detailed breakdown.
Fees remain subject to change. Applicant will be charged the prevailing fees and GST at the time of application. For more information about the programme, please contact our programme consultant.

Education Loan
Choice of flexible repayment schemes available to suit your needs.
  • Standard Repayment: Pay your monthly instalments (principal and interest) once your loan is disbursed.
  • Partial Repayment: Pay partial instalments for up to 3 years or till the end of your programme, whichever is earlier. Standard monthly instalments (principal and interest) will commence thereafter.
  • Interest Servicing: Pay only interest for up to 3 years or till the end of your programme, whichever is earlier. Standard monthly instalments (principal and interest) will commence thereafter.
  • Flexible repayment tenure of up to 8 years.

Study Mode & Duration

Students will attend a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops in this programme, and they have the flexibility to plan their study schedule and attend classes once or twice a week depending on their study load. Classes are conducted on weekday evenings or weekends to suit the busy schedules of students enrolled in this programme. Each unit is supported with 24 contact hours.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor of Transnational Education and the Deputy Dean of Murdoch University are based in Singapore to oversee all academic aspects and ensure a high standard of academic delivery here.

Assessment & Exams
Each unit is assessed by any combination of class participation, written assignments, project or examinations. Assessment methods may vary according to individual unit requirements.

Commencement Date
There are 3 intakes per year:
– January
– May
– September
Please contact our consultants to obtain a copy of the class schedules.
Minimum class size: 20 students
Class may commence with fewer students than indicated above, subject to resource availability. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified at least 1 week before the programme commencement date, stated in your student contract with Kaplan, and our consultants will contact you to advise on a backup plan.
Maximum allowed candidature period:
  • 12 credit points: 2 years
  • 24 credit points: 4 years
  • 36 credit points: 5 years
  • 48 credit points: 6 years
  • 72 credit points: 10 years
  • 96 credit points: 12 years
  • 120 credit points: 12 years
If a student fails to complete the programme within the candidature period, they will not be entitled to any recourse or refund.
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