This program aims to produce graduates with specific related to pathway and generic skills to meet the ever changing technological demands and be also equipped with ability to meet future challenges. The degree in Computer Engineering with pathway Information security is a degree program that prepares students for an engineering career that involves design and application of secure and resilient computer hardware and software systems. This is a new program that combines computer engineering and information security topics into one major. The program emphasizes the information security engineering of cyber or physical systems which are becoming more prevalent every day. This programme will allow students to get skills in detection and elimination of vulnerabilities and the safe operation of the Internet of Things, cloud computing, sensors, computer networks, and wireless communications.
Why should I enrol for this programme?
The programme is designed for you to address the requirements that have emerged from challenges which are posed by unprecedented growth in the use of individual or linked computer engineering and the supporting networking security approaches and tools. With most of the information being activated through software and the employment of a growing range of networking security techniques, this degree program in computer engineering and information security pathway begins with courses designed to build your foundational IT skills. You'll then focus on the network security side of IT, learning Microsoft and Cisco technologies as well as other security and digital forensics topics. Specifically, students will learn how to design a network, including a plan to administer and maintain the network; learn how to install and configure advanced server services; implement advanced server infrastructure; and troubleshoot IT problems; learn how to deal with the digital forensics, cyber investigation, and security management and policy.
Candidates seeking direct admission to the programme mentioned should possess:
A General Education Certificate (Equivalent to 12 years of schooling) or equivalent qualification
A General Foundation Programme (GFP) certificate
Students who do not possess a GFP certificate or an equivalent certificate may take MEC placement test. The placement test determines proficiency levels in English, Pure Math and Computing component.
Depending on their proficiency levels reflected in the Placement Tests, students will be placed in appropriate levels of MEC Foundation Programme.
English Language in the GFP can be exempted on producing IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate with a score of 5.5 and above, a TOEFL equivalent or an equivalent international certification.
Computing component of the GFP can be exempted if the candidate has successfully completed the ICDL or IC3 or any equivalent international diploma in IT skills.
Mathematics component in the GFP (General and Pure Mathematics/Applied Mathematics) modules can be exempted:
- If the candidate secures pass score in Paper 1 of Test of Mathematics for University Admission-TMUA or
- If the candidate secures 3/pass/satisfactory score in Paper 1 of Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP)
A score of 60% and above in MEC placement test in each of the component would enable the student for exemption from the General Foundation Programme.
Graduates of this programme are required to support the country’s developing IT sector in the information security pathway.
Networking engineer for security breaches
Engineer responsible of penetration testing and vulnerabilities
Engineer in cybersecurity software
Engineer responsible of the development and implementing a plan of action for responding to breaches
Engineer responsible of developing security standards and best practices to be followed on an organizational level