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
  • Critically evaluate and collect evidence through the practical skills in digital forensics
  • Apply knowledge of different forensic systems and its applications

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Attested high school (grade 12) certificate or its equivalent with minimum average of 60% | for scientific and literary streams. Other streams will require a minimum score average of 70% equivalency and a letter will be required for certificate earned outside UAE.
  • English Proficiency
    PBT 500 | iBT 61 | IELTS ACA. 5.0 | PEARSON 44 | IESOL B1/B2 | CAMBRIDGE 154
  • Letter of Interest & Interview

ACCREDITATION

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

FEE STRUCTURE - 2016/17

  • Tuition (One Semester)

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

    3,000 AED

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GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

13 COURSES | 39 CREDIT HOURS

This course is designed to assist Arabic Speaking students to use language skills correctly with the focus on how to write research papers and business letters. In order to achieve this goal different and integrated types of skills are implemented to assist in the development of the students comprehension of what he/she listens to or reads in addition to writing papers, reporting, writing recommendations, seminars and symposiums. The course also provides the basic skills of good and coherent writing such as, spelling, digitals, correct paragraph structure and writing essays.

This course provides students with advanced English-language skills to pursue successfully their Undergraduate Catalog 2016 / 2017 36 studies in various academic specializations. It helps students to develop, improve, and upgrade their listening, speaking, reading, writing, and structure skills. This course also acquaints students with technical writing, research papers, and essays. The prerequisite of this course is passing successfully the Toefl or it’s equivalent.

This course covers the needed language areas such as organizational structures, instructions job lexis, processes and operating systems, health and safety, and customer relations which are common to the majority of different vocations to provide the functional language the students will need in their specialization and place of work. The prerequisite of this course is passing successfully the Toefl or it’s equivalent

This course will begin with a review of selected arithmetic topics: fractions, decimals, and percentages, followed by a brief review of signed number operations. The course will cover topics of Basic Algebra such as variable expressions, linear equations, inequalities and applications, and graphing points and lines

This course presents the use of computers in everyday life. The students will learn to organize electronic filing systems as well as to communicate ideas effectively using a variety of software tools. The course discusses some of the ethical and moral issues raised by the use of Internet and email. Towards the end of the course, the students in groups will work to select a topic, search for the information, analyze and organize it incorporating a software tool they learned and present it publicly.

This course aims to provide the students with theory required to understand current industry IT needs and the applications used to fulfill these needs. Some of the topics to be covered: Information Systems: Concepts and Management, Modern Organization in the Digital Economy, Data and Knowledge Management, Undergraduate Catalog 2016 / 2017 76 Networking, Mobile Computing and Mobile Commerce, and Acquiring IT Applications. A major component of the course is the practical application of the knowledge gained from the theoretical content. The prerequisite is CIT 100.

This course designed to help students to do well at their studies at university through the development of effective study skills and strategies. Studying at university is very different from previous study students may have done, and therefore the course aims to apply new studying and learning strategies, and identify, develop, and enhance the study and learning skills of students. These skills include time management, taking notes, planning assignments, exam preparation and revision, preparing a presentation, memory techniques, and methods for using course materials including syllabi and textbooks, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, etc. Students will have the opportunity to develop a focused project specific to their interests and study needs.

This course introduces students to the broad, complex and influential field of the social sciences. The course tends to focus on the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, and sometimes history and geography. This course will also enable students to sharpen their critical analysis skills as they evaluate changes in important social issues and institutions.

An introduction to the fundamental principles and practices of psychology, including theories and methods, biological factors influencing behavior, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, language, human development and personality

This course is designed to introduce, first, the concepts, measurements, and theories of broad-based sustainable development as well as the relationships between economic development, human development, and environment. Students will also be familiar with several theories of development. Then, the characteristics and the quality of life in GCC will be investigated and compared to those in other countries. The focus would be on the causes, problems and challenges associated with the development of GCC countries such as population structure and localization policies, the feasibility of GCC States integration, the impact of oil and non-oil production on development. The students will work on a project in groups by gathering information from public libraries and by interviewing public officials. The students will be given the latitude of choosing a topic to write about. The prerequisite is MAT 100.

Courses in the Natural Sciences introduce students to the basic concepts of Sciences and the scientific method and enhance awareness of scientific developments and their impact on society and the environment. This area provides students with an understanding of scientific terms, concepts and theories, and the ability to formulate empirically testable hypotheses derived from the study of physical processes and living things.

This course will offer students the 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

This course is designed to introduce, first, the concepts, measurements, and theories of broad-based sustainable development as well as the relationships between economic development, human development, and environment. Students will also be familiar with several theories of development. Then, the characteristics and the quality of life in GCC will be investigated and compared to those in other countries. The focus would be on the causes, problems and challenges associated with the development of GCC countries such as population structure and localization policies, the feasibility of GCC States integration, the impact of oil and non-oil production on development. The students will work on a project in groups by gathering information from public libraries and by interviewing public officials. The students will be given the latitude of choosing a topic to write about. The prerequisite is ASC 110.

CORE COURSES

24 COURSES | 72 CREDIT HOURS

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 is intended to explore the principal ideas and techniques of compiler construction. Topics include lexical analyzers, parsers, error detection, code generation, symbol tables, and formal languages. 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.

Computer Ethics is an interdisciplinary course. The course reflects the rapid expansion of information technology and the civic and ethical challenges that have emerged from the expansion. The course content is organized around a number of issues that are of immediate concern, including threats to privacy from massive database, data mining, high-speed networks, workplace surveillance, the electronic theft of intellectual property, such as music, video, film and text, and catastrophic computer -related accidents such as airplane crashes and nuclear power plant shutdowns. The prerequisite courses are CIT 205 & ENG 105.

: 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.

The course is intended as an introduction and survey of the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The course covers survey basic, fundamental concepts and techniques that underlie many AI applications with an emphasis on symbolic AI. Techniques covered include search, knowledge representation, resolution-based reasoning, planning, and machine learning. The prerequisite is CIT 215.

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the systems development and modification processes. This course enables the students to do System Analysis and Design (SAD) after understanding the concepts of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) that is Planning, Analysis, Design, and Implementation. It provides the students with a basic foundation in systems analysis and design concepts, methodologies, techniques, and tools. It includes choice of a systems development methodology, people skills, understanding structured and introduction to object oriented analysis and design The prerequisite courses are CIT 215 & CIT 105.

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

This course is designed to give the Theory and methodology of programming complex computer software. The course deals with analysis, design, and implementation of software programs. The prerequisite is CIT 215.

SPECIALIZATION COURSES

5 COURSES | 15 CREDIT HOURS

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 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.

This course is designed to present methodologies used in computer simulation, to show simulation as complementary to laboratory field experimentation in the development of better understandings of complex phenomena, and to discuss analysis, appropriate use, and limitations of simulation models. The course presents applications of software simulation process with supporting techniques. The prerequisite is CIT 406.

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 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.

ATTENDANCE

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

WHEN CAN I JOIN

STUDENT CAN JOIN THE BEGINNING OF ANY SEMESTER

SEPTEMBER

FALL SEMESTER

MIN 3 COURSES | 9 CREDIT HOURS
MAX 6 COURSES | 18 CREDIT HOURS

JANUARY

SPRING SEMESTER

MIN 3 COURSES | 9 CREDIT HOURS
MAX 6 COURSES | 18 CREDIT HOURS

JUNE

SUMMER SEMESTER

MAX 3 COURSES
9 CREDIT HOURS

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