Securing Technological Platforms

The College of Computer Information Technology's innovative Network Security specialization program is offered to meet critical business environment needs, guided by industry trends, driven by technology, and constantly evolving. The demand for security specialists in the region is constantly growing. The program focuses on the practical and theoretical dimensions of cyber security across a range of fundamental areas, such as network security, vulnerability assessment, information security, wireless devices security, business continuity, cloud security, and database security. The emphasis of the program is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to secure LAN/WAN, computers, detect and analyze attacks and threats, respond to attacks, develop security policies, procedures, and standards.

  • Design and implement basic business I.T. and network systems using knowledge of common information systems, network architectures and integrate computer and Database Systems into the installation of network software and hardware, as well as business practices, usage policies, and user education.
  • Troubleshooting and repairing basic computer, network, hardware and software problems;
  • Apply knowledge of computers, software, networking technologies, and information assurance to an organization's management, operations, and requirements
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the ethical issues and relevant industry codes of conduct of their practice and Exhibit effectual leadership, team work, and communication skills
  • Prepare to continue their studies to pursue a M.S. degree or various industry certifications
  • Administer, and manage Network Infrastructure and Security in a network
  • Analyze and evaluate network issues through technical knowledge and develop solutions and systems


The mission of the program is to prepare students for a successful professional career in computer science and information technology by equipping them with knowledge and skills in latest trends and technologies of computing field. The program strives at empowering students to conduct applied research, provide innovative solutions to computing problems and lifelong learning.


  • Pursue a graduate degree or professional career in computer science or related disciplines.
  • Effectively participate in research or projects as individuals, team members or leaders.
  • Maintain high standards of work ethics, social responsibilities and professionalism.
  • Apply computing knowledge, skills and competence in solving technical problems.
  • Engage in various domains of life to serve local, regional and international communities.


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The American University in the Emirates is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education |


  • Tuition (One Semester)

    Approx. 22,000 AED
    One academic year is two semesters
  • Admission (One Time)

    3,000 AED

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A: English Language

The student selects 9 credit hours (3 courses) from the list below

This course is designed to enable students to experience and develop learning and academic skills appropriate for university context. It aims to facilitate the process of orientation and transition into academic excellence and learning culture. Furthermore, it aims to develop confidence in students’ ability to succeed in university requirements.

This course provides students with advanced writing skills in English so that they can successfully pursue their studies in various academic specializations. It helps students to develop, improve, and upgrade their writing and structure skills, and it also acquaints students with technical writing, research papers, and essays since brief research methods are applied in student projects and assignments.

B: Arabic Language

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

- صُمم هذا المساق لتمكين الطالب الناطق باللغة العربية من المهارات اللغوية الضرورية، وخاصة التركيز على خطوات كتابة التقارير والرسائل الإدارية والبحوث المنهجية؛ ولتحقيق ذلك جاءت المهارات متنوعة ومتدرجة، لتنمية قدرات الطالب على الفهم الصحيح والأداء المتميز لما يقرأ ويسمع، وليكتسب القدرة على كتابة المقالات والتقارير ومحاضر الاجتماعات وتوصيات المؤتمرات والندوات بصورة سليمة، لذا عُني المساق بتدريب الطالب على المهارات الأساسية للكتابة؛ كقواعد الإملاء المتعددة وعلامات الترقيم ونظام الفقرة وكتابة المقال على نحو متدرج.

C: The Natural Sciences

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

General Physics course introduces the basic concepts, theories and the terminologies of the scientific method in the context of the science of physics. Students will reinterpret and express ideas and views from the study of physics, and differentiate between the various multitudes of energy and momentum.

D: The Social or Behavioral Sciences

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 courses) from the list below

An introduction to the science of psychology, its theories and foundations. The course is focused on principles and research methodologies, including the following topics: history of psychology, the biology of mind, memory, learning, child and personality development, psychological disorders and therapy. The aim of the course is to introduce the basis of psychology, provide the foundational knowledge to pursue the subject in more depth in the future, and build an ongoing interest in the application of psychology in everyday life.

This course serves as an introduction into the interdisciplinary and multifaceted social sciences. The content on the course covers the range of different disciplines that social sciences consists of, namely: anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics and to a lesser extent also history and geography. The secondary aim of the course is moreover for students to develop their critical thinking skills by engaging actively with material about social issues, social change and social institutions.

This course will examine how women participate and effect political change in a global context. Through a focus on the status of women in society, this course will introduce students to contemporary issues surrounding women’s political participation, representation, and citizenship. Students will develop the ability to think critically about the relationship between sex and gender and the intersections of race, class, religion, law and nation. This course will explore women’s diverse histories, movements, and feminist activism. Students will evaluate whether women’s efforts to achieve equal political rights have worked and what obstacles women still face in accessing political institutions. In addition, students will reflect on a wide-range of policy issues related to violence against women, employment, family values, and reproductive health. This course will also ask what possibilities are available for individuals to take action to improve society and enable women’s full participation as citizens, activists, voters, and politicians.

E: Information Technology or Quantitative

The student selects 9 credit hours (3 course) from the list below

This course is designed to develop a good understanding of the fundamental concepts of mathematics. It also stresses on crucial cognitive transferable skills such as the ability to think logically and concisely. Mastering this course will give students the confidence to go on and do further courses in mathematics and statistics.

The purpose of this introductory course is to study computers and data. It gives an establishment to utilizing computers in different courses and educational module for research, correspondence, and writing. Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of hardware and its associated software and systems improvement. The course will show how the computer automates the processing of information.

The General Statistics course is designed to develop good understanding of the basic concepts of statistical theorems, and applications. The course covers topics such as data collection methods, organization of data, analysis and interpretation of results. A software package will be used to analyze the statistical data.

F: The Humanities or Arts

The student selects 6 credit hours (2 courses) from the list below

Innovation is the engine of opportunity and, acting as a catalyst, this course is intended to ignite an interest in innovation and inspire entrepreneurial action. At the core of innovation and entrepreneurship is a commitment to experiential learning that will encourage students to engage in critical thinking, creative problem-solving while also equipping them with the soft skills needed in their pursuit of academic and professional endeavors. Students will discuss the relevance and role of innovation and entrepreneurship in work and life situations; determine opportunities for creative disruption and design a strategy for its implementation; develop a practical understanding of innovation through thoughtful debate and exercises; and demonstrate critical thinking and individual insight with a personal mastery portfolio.

This course provides a core introduction to drawing, covering a wide range of basic and intermediate practical and technical skills. Students will explore approaches and concepts to the subject through manual practice using a comprehensive range of media and with reference to great masters in the field. Traditional and objective drawing skills in the use of line, tone, form and perspective provide the foundation for learning in this course. Students are required to develop their ability to observe, perceive and interpret through drawing the world around them, reflecting their understanding of 2D and 3D space.

This course introduces students to contemporary Arab arts and aesthetics from the beginning of twentieth century up to date. Emphasize is placed on the formation of contemporary art and design movement in the Arab countries, the driving forces behind the changes in aesthetics from Islamic to Arabic and expression of cultural identity. Special concentration on the role of pioneer figures and the various generations of artists and their influence on contemporary Arab art

This course will introduce the students to the key concepts of philosophy and its principle tools. The course will discuss major thinkers and different schools of philosophical thought, and will apply philosophical analysis to the topics of knowledge, religion, mind, freedom, responsibility, and ethics.

In this course students will be introduced to the discipline of sociology. Students will study the importance of social structure to our everyday lives; they will develop skills to help them understand and critically assess their own societies as well as those of others and they will explore different ways in which we can improve our societies and in which we can engage with other societies than our own.

This course introduces the student to the development of the human race. You will study a Four Field introduction to Anthropology wherein you will gain an understanding of Human Development and how both ancient and modern humans are studied. An understanding of Anthropology, the study of culture and human development is an important pillar in a degree which aims to develop educators in multi-cultural and economically diverse settings.

This course is a chronological survey of art and design offering students an in-depth understanding of the role of art throughout history with a strong focus on aesthetic values, socio-cultural influences and technical terminology. Architecture, sculpture, painting, decorative arts, prehistoric art, design of the ancient world, the world beyond Europe, early Christian and Islamic art and the art of the Middle-Ages and Gothic period form the foundation of the course material spanning a period from 40,000 BC to 1300 AD.

G: Islamic Studies, History or Culture

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

This course will offer students’ knowledge to enable them understand the Islamic culture. The course offers a review of the history of Islam and how it is currently the fastest growing religion in the world.

The course is designed to give an in-depth understanding of the Islamic civilization. It deals with the universal principles that went into the making of the Islamic civilization. It examines the basic ideas of Islamic civilization besides exploring their contemporary relevance and challenges. The course seeks to effectively address the notion of the ‘clash of civilizations.’

H: UAE Studies

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

The course is designed to introduce the UAE and GCC society with its historical background and uniqueness. It is aimed at enabling students to understand the specific features of the society along with its customs, traditions and lifestyle. The course will introduce the processes and the challenges of development as well as the future aspirations of the UAE and GCC Society.



This course is an introduction to differential and integral calculus. It begins with a short review of basic concepts related to functions. Then it introduces the concept of a limit to a function. It then unfolds to the study of derivatives and their applications. Thereafter it considers the area problem and its solution, the definite integral. The prerequisite is MAT 100.

This course covers concepts of computer programming in C. The course covers the basic C programming syntaxes including data formats, string Input / Output, control statements, loops, functions, arrays, file Input / Output operations. The prerequisite is CIT 105.

This course is designed to provide background necessary to understand computer networks. It describes types of networks, how networking affects society, and the components and tools that are used to create networks in various business models. The course also discuss an introduction to networking, offering easy-to-follow details on hardware, networking protocols, remote access, and security. New networking professionals will first learn what they need to know about network technology, and then how to apply that knowledge to set up, manage, and secure networks. The prerequisite is CIT 201.

Introduction to object-oriented programming includes objects, classes, abstract data types, information hiding, inheritance, polymorphism, design of graphical user interfaces, Undergraduate Catalog 2016 / 2017 77 multi-theading, multimedia, and networking. The prerequisite is CIT 201.

This course is designed to give a theoretical and practical introduction to database management system techniques and tools. It covers the basic database concepts, data models such as hierarchical, network and relational data models, data dictionary and explores the conceptual, logical and physical design of database systems using MS-Access and MS-SQL with an emphasis on entity relationship diagrams and normalization. The prerequisite is CIT 201.

This course will cover topics in discrete math aimed at applications in Information Technology. Fundamental principles included shall be: set theory, induction, relations, functions, Boolean algebra, techniques of counting: permutations, combinations, recurrences, algorithms to generate them, and introduction to graphs and trees. The prerequisite courses are CIT 105 & MAT 100

This course covers concepts of program performance (time and space complexity); abstract data types; recursion; abstract data structures: lists, stacks, queues, graphs, trees, binary search trees, priority queues, heaps, and operations on them and their applications; sorting; searching and hashing. This course aims at the students to think clearly and solve complex and poorly-defined programming tasks. Algorithms describe methods for solving problems under the constraints of the computers resources. Often the goal is to compute a solution as fast as possible, using as few resources as possible. To solve a problem efficiently it may be necessary to use data structures tailored for the particular problem(s) at hand. A data structure is a specific way of organizing data that supports efficient performance of the relevant operations on that data. For instance there are data structures for organizing large numbers of records where records already present can be quickly found and/or deleted, and new records can be inserted and found fast. The prerequisite courses are CIT 203 & CIT 201.

Students will learn how to understand web design and create branching diagrams, manage their files, set up proper site architecture, manipulate graphic files and create effective websites that use frames, thumbnails, tables, gif animations, and image maps. Over the course of the semester, students create a series of small websites culminating in a final project that combines all the techniques they have learned. The prerequisite is CIT 105.

In this course, we will discuss types of multimedia information: text, speech, audio, images, graphics, video, animation and their characterization; multimedia processing, compression standards and techniques; multimedia systems, storage and I/O devices as well as content generation and manipulation tools; multimedia networking characteristics, requirements and protocols; multimedia applications in communication, database and entertainment. Course coverage will include both theoretical understanding of multimedia technologies, and hands-on experience with applications and hardware. Topics include perception, cognition, and communication issues, multimedia interface standards, multimedia evaluation, digitizing and manipulating images, voice, and video materials, copyright and ethics. The prerequisite is CIT 205.

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the fundamental responsibilities of modern operating systems. In particular, the course will cover processes and theads, mutual exclusion, CPU scheduling, deadlock, memory management, and file systems. Several alternative algorithms related to the implementation for each of the major topics will be studied along with an examination of their properties, advantages, and disadvantages. Hardware characteristics of generic computer architectures and devices are analyzed to emphasize the role of the operating system. Related topics such as inter-process communication and synchronization, deadlocks, reliability, security, and distributed systems are also presented. Programming projects will be used to demonstrate implementation techniques for various ideas presented in class. The prerequisite is CIT 215.

This course examines the threats, risks, and the fundamentals and historical perspective of hacking methodology and psyche. It presents the processes required for identifying threats to an organization and how to think constructively to eliminate or mitigate the associated risks of conducting business in a network world. Types of hackers include those that snoop around networks, vandalize Websites or even steal proprietary information by the use of well-known schemes, such as viruses, worms, Trojan horses, denial-ofservice attacks and buffer overflows. The prerequisite is CIT 302.

This is an introductory course into cryptography and Internet security. The class will cover security requirements for telecommunications over the Internet and other communication networks. The course covers various conventional and public-key encryption protocols, digital encryption standards, RSA and ElGamal cryptographic systems, digital signature algorithm and analysis of its crypto-immunity, and access sharing schemes. This course will cover security threats and vulnerabilities, principles of cryptography, and practical topics in network and Internet security. The course is designed for students who have some understanding of computer networks and protocols, but no background in security. The course aims Undergraduate Catalog 2016 / 2017 78 to teach students principles and practices of cryptography and network security. The prerequisite is CIT 215.

The College considers student internship as one of the most important channels that brings together the college, the students, and the job market. Moreover, internship is a means that integrates the academic theoretical environment to real life practice. The training includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer and is similar to an on-the-job-training. The training is for the benefit of the students. The students do not displace regular employees, but work under the close observation of a regular employee or supervisor and could be guided by an AUE faculty member. The prerequisite is the completion of 90CH.

Computer architecture and organization is concerned with the structure and behavior of the various functional modules of the computer; and how they interact to provide the processing needs of the user. The way the hardware components are connected together to form a computer system. The prerequisite is CIT 301.

: This course covers the fundamentals technologies used to build and market e-commerce Websites. Students learn how to construct a fully functional online business using current software as well as the various ways to advertise online, create shopping carts and process orders securely. It teaches development of E-Commerce web sites for backend server applications. It stresses development of database information and manipulation for web delivery. Students should have complete knowledge of HTML and database management, before taking this course. The prerequisite is CIT 300.

This course focuses on the issues surrounding the design of overall information technology architecture. Normally organizations segment the problem into four distinct areas – network, hardware, data, and applications. On the other hand, this course will focus on the interdependencies among these architectures. The student will learn how to design in the large, make appropriate choices about architecture in relationship to overall organization goals, understand the different mechanisms for coordination available, and create a process for establishing ongoing enterprise architecture. The prerequisite is CIT 301.

To provide basic project management skills with a strong emphasis on issues and problems associated with delivering successful IT projects. This course is designed to provide an understanding of the theory and practice of project management though an integrated view of the concepts, skills, tools, and techniques involved in the management of information technology projects. CIT 404 focuses on information technology projects with the following course objectives: the general issues and skills involved in information technology projects, cases of successful or failed information technology projects, and the practice of team work in preparation of information technology projects. The prerequisite is the completion of 90CH.

The purpose of the graduation project is to evaluate the students’ ability to complete a project in an area of their liking; Software and Web Development, Network Administration and Security Systems, Database Systems, or Digital Forensics independently. It is the responsibility of the student to identify a topic, find a faculty member willing to act as an advisor, develop a proposal for their project that clearly identifies their project goals, objectives, tasks, milestones, and time and expense budgets. They must communicate their findings by written thesis and an oral presentation. The content of the course will be highly variable depending on the project undertaken by the student. The project is designed to give students an authentic opportunity to direct their own learning though research, self-reflection, and presentation. To allow for differences in aptitude, learning style, and interest, students may choose their own topic from a variety of project types, including academic research, school and community service, internships, studentdeveloped businesses, or an area of personal interest. To make sure that high expectations are established for all students, teachers must clarify their expectations, agree on uniform standards, and define them so they will provide meaningful student feedback and lead to ongoing project Undergraduate Catalog 2016 / 2017 79 improvement. Learning is personalized for students though the use of small advisory groups. Students and teachers are linked in a common academic goal as teachers guide students though each step of the Graduation Project. The project is divided into the distinct phases: Phase I: Project Selection, Data Gathering and Program Phase II: Conceptual Development Phase III: Design Development. Projects are supervised by an advisor selected by the student based on topics submitted by interested faculty. Students are expected to display a wide range of skills learned and involves numerous activities consist of the following: project selection, site analysis, case study, program, and conceptual development. The prerequisite is the completion of 105 CH.

This course aims to provide a broad introduction to the field of Computer Graphics, and to describe the techniques that are commonly used in the graphics industry today (such as in production of special effects, computer animation, video games, and virtual reality). This course is combination of algorithms, numerical methods, representations and models of the shape and appearance of real- world objects, and methods for their display and manipulation. It involves a lot of programming, and requires a certain degree of mathematical sophistication. The prerequisite is CIT 215



Students learn the various network security principles and features including protocols, and implementations used in today’s networks. Students should learn about the router configuration using Access Control Lists, configuring Firewalls, and other migration techniques. Topics in this course include Security Policy, Types of Attacks, Firewalls, Virtual Private Networks, Unix Security Issues, Windows Server Security Issues and Wireless Security. The prerequisite is CIT 200.

This course provides concepts and theories on most of the Operating systems like DOS, IBM OS/2, Unix, and Microsoft Windows OS. This course covers the main operating system concepts like file transfer, disk management, disk access, Input-output devices, memory management, and data integrity. Students will be able to configure network protocols and services, audit resources, managing data storage, monitoring network resources, and network security are covered. Topics covered on Network management include Network policy, security principles, server security, and network infrastructure security and so on. The prerequisite is CIT 301.

This course introduces students to the field of computer forensics, and it will focus on the various contemporary policy issues and applied technologies. Topics to be covered include: legal and regulatory issues, investigation techniques, data analysis approaches, and incident response procedures for Windows and UNIX systems. Homework in this course will relate to laboratory assignments and research exercises. Also, a group project has been integrated into this course. This course has two purposes. The first is practical and involves an examination of how computer forensics has become a key component of Information Assurance (IA) in both the government and private sectors. We will evaluate the legal and policy contexts of computer forensics starting with its roots in the law enforcement and military agencies and its increasing role in the private sector. The second purpose of the class is to provide a format for research on computer forensics in several contexts – including the technical, policy, and management aspects. During the course, each student is required to complete an individual project this will involve research on a policy aspect of forensics and will be assigned by the instructor. The second project is determined by student’s interests. In order to coordinate the second project, team will need to declare their projects early in the semester. The prerequisite is CIT 303.

The course highlights human-computer interaction strategies from a number of perspectives as a sub-area of computer science and explores user-centered design approaches in computer systems applications. Major subjects include the design and evaluation of usable interfaces, matching computer systems with the cognitive capabilities of users, web design principles, addressing user interface and software design strategies, user experience levels, interaction styles including collaborative systems technology and an investigation of novel paradigms in HCI. The course outlines design principles, guidelines, and methodologies for building, installing, managing, and maintaining interactive systems that optimize user productivity are reviewed. Topics include the multidisciplinary dynamics of human-computer interaction, current and projected developments in HCI research, usability engineering, computer-supported cooperative work, and strategies for implementing and evaluating human-computer dialogues. The prerequisite is CIT 300.

This course offers a variety of Seminars/Workshops/Case Studies designed to help Information Technology students conquer challenges faced in daily operations. They help AUE graduates to meet the needs in the real working environment that is characterized by a rapid change. The course provides a forum for discussion of the related aspects of each specialization. Communication skills will be emphasized though professional presentations and formal written essays. This course is designed for the exploration of specific topics which are not covered in regularly scheduled course work. This course examines the most significant and current forces in the environment of Information Technology to understand how they are changing the managerial environment and modifying the role of business. Current issues, including social responsibility, ethics, globalization, consumerism, and the changing internal face of organization life, are studied via case studies analyses. Though case studies, interactive classroom exercises, small group discussions, and exposure to the latest research, Seminars/workshops will prepare students to navigate successfully political, governance, and environmental constraints, as well as to choose profitable development and investment alternatives. Case studies help students to stay current on latest developments within Information Technology specializations, and those current features influencing them. The prerequisite is the completion of 90CH.

This course focuses on the use and application of information systemsto support the decision- making process. Knowledgebased systems, neural networks, expert systems, electronic meeting systems, group systems and web-based systems are discussed as a basis for designing and developing highly effective decision support systems. Data models, interactive processes, knowledge-based approaches and integration with database systems are also described. Theoretical concepts are applied to real-world applications. The course is “hands-on”: much of the lecture, lab, and home-work and project material will address application development using Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access. No prior programming experience is necessary for this course. The prerequisite is CIT 401.

This course aims to help students understand issues in distributed operating systems and applications. Specifically, learn about high-level protocols and distributed state sharing. Study distributed shared memory, distributed system design, distributed directory services, atomic transactions and time synchronization, time access, process scheduling, process migration and remote procedure call. Further topics to be covered: process communication, resource allocation, multi-process and network operating systems, kernel philosophies, fault-tolerant systems, virtual machines, high-level language systems and proof techniques. Task allocation and scheduling for multiprocessor and distributed operating systems. The prerequisite is CIT 306.


Student builds the schedule based on available offered courses in the registered semester

Weekday Morning Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Weekday Evening Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Weekend Classes

FRI - SAT | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM


Student can join at the beginning of any semester