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We live in a world where digital technologies are commonplace. It's not easy to stay current with new technological developments, and there's concern that emerging technologies are too complex for the average citizen to understand. In recognition of this challenge, Laurier has launched a series of online, introductory-level courses designed to help you understand what these technologies are, how they work, and what they mean to you as a consumer, a worker, a parent, or whichever role you fill. A broad understanding of these technologies is essential not only to use these technologies for their benefits, but also to protect yourself from the risks they present.

These courses are designed with you in mind: they are fully online and structured so that you control the pace at which you learn. Each course consists of five short modules, with each module teaching a specific aspect of the technology or tool. You have the freedom to learn about the uses of facial recognition and iris scans in our Physiological Biometrics course, or signature verification, voice identification and gait analysis in our Behavioural Biometrics course. We have developed a high-level course on Cybercrime to help you understand cyber victimization, criminal typologies and cyber security. Digital currency is explored in our Bitcoin and Blockchain course.

You can progress through these courses as fast or as slow as you like. Each course is approximately 10 hours total, and includes recent news articles, instructional videos, and discussions of current events related to the subject. You can enjoy learning anywhere, because each course is laptop and mobile friendly.

Courses

These courses are the first in a series of courses set to include: social media analytics; data mining and business intelligence; smart cities and the internet of things; digital forensics; video surveillance; and more!

Overview

  • Start date: Continuous.
  • Delivery: Online.
  • Time: Approximately 10 hours.
  • Fee: Each course is CAN$95.
  • Certificate of completion: Yes.

Descriptions

Learn Anytime

Work-at-your-own-pace means you can progress through these courses as fast or a slow as you like. Each course is approximately 10 hours, including readings and videos.

Learn Anywhere

These fully online courses were designed to be accessed with ease on your laptop, desktop, tablet or even your phone.

Physiological Biometrics: An Introduction

This introduction to biometrics provides you with an overview of the history, development, application, and future uses of physiological biometrics such as fingerprints, iris scans, facial recognition, and hand geometry. Significant attention is placed on biometrics as identification and authentication modalities for identity and access management systems as well as for public safety purposes.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the historical foundations of biometrics;
  • Identify and interpret the scope, depth, and breadth of the uses and limits of biometrics;
  • Compare and contrast several applications of physiological biometrics;
  • Critically analyze the political, economic, and policy factors that impact the role and use of biometrics across various sectors; and
  • Identify and appraise emerging challenges to biometrics and consider how these can be addressed.

Behavioural Biometrics: An Introduction

Behavioural biometrics continues the investigation of the history, evolution, and application of biometrics such as signature verification, voice identification, and gait analytics. Behavioural biometrics are investigated in the context of both private and public sector applications such as public safety, health-care, financial institutions, and the service industry.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the historical foundations of biometrics;
  • Identify and interpret the scope, depth, and breadth of the uses and limits of biometrics;
  • Compare and contrast several applications of physiological biometrics;
  • Critically analyze the political, economic, and policy factors that impact the role and use of biometrics across various sectors; and
  • Identify and appraise emerging challenges to biometrics and consider how these can be addressed.

Bitcoin and Blockchain: An Introduction

This course will introduce you to the fascinating and rapidly growing world of bitcoin (cryptocurrencies) and blockchain technologies. The future of money rests in digital currency, and the most famous of digital currencies at the time of this writing is bitcoin. Bitcoin, is intimately linked to a technology referred to as blockchain, an unchangeable chronological list of all transactions that can be linked to and confirmed within a given digital currency. This course provides an overview of the definition, history, and application of bitcoin and blockchain and then focuses specifically on their application, along with a brief synopsis of future trends, markets for their application, and the future of crime in the blockchain economy.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the historical foundations of bitcoin (digital currencies) and blockchain;
  • Identify and interpret the scope, depth, and breadth of the uses and limits of bitcoin (digital currencies) and blockchain;
  • Compare and contrast several applications of both bitcoin (digital currencies) and blockchain technology;
  • Critically analyze the political, economic, and policy factors that impact the role and use of bitcoin (digital currencies) and blockchain across various sectors; and
  • Identify and appraise emerging challenges to bitcoin (digital currencies) and blockchain and consider how these can be addressed.

Cybercrime: An Introduction

This course is designed to provide you with an overview of criminal activity perpetrated using computers, the internet, and other network-connected digital devices. Course topics include a synopsis of the history of cybercrime, emerging trends, applicable legislation, cybercrime investigations, and the nature of digital evidence. Cybercrime prevention methods are highlighted, as are understanding cyber victimization and criminal typologies.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize how past, current, and emerging digital technologies impact the cybercrime landscape;
  • Make connections between the emergence of cybercrime and the evolution of digital technology;
  • Become more comfortable with the language and terminology associated with cybercrime;
  • Begin to critically analyze the legislative issues relating to cybercrime laws in Canada, including understanding the jurisdictional challenges related to enforcement;
  • Consider victimology in cybercrimes and identify the societal factors that contribute to cyber criminology;
  • Compare and contrast the most common methods of cyber-attacks;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the changing crime landscape, including how cybercrime bridges the gap between virtual/digital and physical worlds; and
  • Describe the user’s role in cybercrime prevention and identify some user-related vulnerabilities commonly exploited by cyber criminals.

Upcoming Courses

  • Smart Cities
  • Video Surveillance Systems

Registration

These learning packages are housed within Laurier’s online learning platform, MyLearningSpace. Once you submit the registration form and make payment, your username and password will be emailed to you immediately.

Once you gain access, you will have 30 days to complete each course.

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