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Scott Cowie

BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics

Sunderland University Open Day 25/10/14

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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Hey everyone so above video was recorded from today apologies for the cold/sore throat it was difficult to communicate with people but I had awesome fun and I hope perspective students from today have a good look through my blogs and keep following to see what it’s like on the course. If there are questions feel free to ask I’m here for you! Links to follow me are on the right –> :p

Home away from home!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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A little video I did on my camcorder, let me know if you like the quality I’m using a different program it’s the same one from the Cyber Security and presentation videos if so I might share my secret ;p

Keep watching my life change!

What is Computer Forensics?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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Hey guys,

So I am aware that many of you  are unaware of what computer forensics actually is, so hopefully the above video will enlighten you all.

Enjoy!

Cyber Security Challenge and Becca’s Lightroom Presentation

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Cyber Security Challenge First Regional Cyber Day…Mouthful…

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So the above event could have been better recorded but as it was for Cyber Security it would have been quite ironic to film everyone ha ha anyway the attendance was a little bit poor but it was a good event nonetheless and was very interesting we may even be hosting one soon so keep an eye out for it!

 

Lightroom Presentation!

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Although attendance was not great for the Cyber Security Event it was no better for the presentation but the ones who came really enjoyed it including me so jobs a good’un. Keep following to keep up to date with all my antics and event coverage there will be more!

 

Upcoming Stuff and Birthday Surprise!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Upcoming Stuff!

Hey everyone first off if you’ve been reading thanks for doing so and don’t forget if you see me feel free to say hello! Secondly I thought I’d lay down some sort of upcoming schedule that I will try to stick to the first of which is hopefully a video log I hope to do for this Thursday night as our Computer Forensics class are going to “Cyber Security Challenge’s First regional Cyber Day” which looks like it should be enlightening and fun so I’ll try to grab you guys some good footage and photos. Then some time hopefully early next week I hope to try and do a small Vlog on Computer Forensics or I might add that to the start of the Thursday one to explain it before hand. Then maybe a little tour of my room and my home away from home, but essentially if there’s something you would like to see then obviously let me know!

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Birthday Surprise!

So today was my girlfriends birthday and what a surprise I had in store for her 21st! This is a girl who doesn’t want for much but when she does usually just gets it so  I had to think outside the box! So what did I come up with? How about everybody pooling together to get her a brand new Desk, Chair,  HP PC and Printer! Thanks to everyone who contributed we managed to get her a perfect PC for her photography stuff and by the way shes doing a Adobe Lightroom workshop Thursday in the learning lab at St. Peters from 4-6pm. But here’s a few of the photos put together from her big day…Enjoy!

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Student Checklist for both Computing and Non Computing Students!

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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Hey everyone this video guide shows the essentials and everyday things I tend to have with me when I’m at University, although the money thing is a myth you will likely be skint the entire time >.> but I do believe it’s quite a long video so here’s the shorter version for your convenience( likely not in the same order…oh well):

  1. Money – Totally optional as you will likely spend it all as soon as you get it.
  2. Travel pass if you were lucky enough to get your hands on one!
  3. Phone – Who doesn’t have a phone nowadays anyway? (Remember your charger…)
  4. Course guide if you were given one always full of useful information and tips to succeed! At least ours did anyway :p
  5. Folders – Keep your work organised so you know where to find your notes!
  6. Notepads – Pretty obvious but there are a lot of students who turn up without them and regret it… just because most of it is on Sunspace I wouldn’t rely on powerpoints alone there are often many things said in lectures that are invaluable and you could miss it!
  7. Essential to the first and all your student life…PENS!!!
  8. Mainly for computing students but a like, not having a backup of your work is not an excuse anymore so a hard-drive or USB flash drive is essential as your system storage is only 200MB it isn’t enough!
  9. Optional earphones… no one wants to hear your music except you >.<
  10. Stationary!!! Highlighters, staplers, more pens,calculator,pencils etc, you never know…
  11. For me personally the final one on this list is my Laptop although not necessary it’s always great to have your work on the move and do it where ever you want, it’s great for lecture notes and keeping you sane when your bored but it’s not essential … although it is to me:
My essential!

My essential!

 

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to say hello if you recognize me I’m always happy to help!

Back to work!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Hey everyone this time it’s all serious because by now you should be back into the routine if your a 2nd year+ and if your a firsty then you should be slightly more familiar with what’s going on and what is expected of you.

A little more about me: So I started here last year with the help of my girl friend through clearing I had intended to do computer science but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and as Computer Forensics was similar baring the 20 credit I gave it a go. I pay my own University Fee’s let me tell you now if you don’t stick in and want to come back you will have to do the same so fair warning to those who think it’s a good source of income because I’ve been there and it isn’t fun. Although I have gotten more of a maintenance loan this year making it easier you need to appreciate that your an adult now and they don’t pull their punches. I’ll admit I didn’t do any homework at school and barely through Sixth Form and when I attempted Law at Northumbria I barely made the effort, hence why I failed, that and it wasn’t really what I wanted to do with my life it was just because it was my best A-LEVEL …

The bright-side: I am now on a subject that I love the students are friendly and the lecturers are so easy going, until you do something wrong of course >.> but it’s a great life changing experience as long as you put in the effort. I finished my first year top of the class and a first over all, this is because I was determined that my money was going to be worth spending and I wasn’t going to waste my time and money, although you may think the first year doesn’t count employers still take notice. Remember to make a Portfolio of your work regardless of subject so employers can see what you can do.

Extra-Curricular work: Yes that’s right if you want to go far with your course and to get employed you will need to show that you genuinely have an interest in the subject. For example I have started making coding videos although there aren’t many to start it’s a great way to revise as well as help others to understand the subject from a students view. Employers look for these things and expect them so if you do the bare minimum and get a 1st but with no extra you may not stand out from the other 100 applicants so try to do some volunteer work in your spare time whether to do with your course or not as it’s all useful experience.

By the way if you recognise me around St Peters or City Campus (not over that often but you may catch me) come and say hello it’s always good to meet new people and network as it helps you stick in more (worked for me anyway) and i like to meet fans/people who are interested in Computer Forensics , although you may have to tell me to shut up as i tend to blather on a little bit, for example this entire blog post ha ha, hope to see you soon!

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  • Name: Scott Cowie
  • Age: 25
  • Studying: Computer Forensics BSc (Hons)
  • Hometown: Birtley, UK
  • Ambitions: I want to go far in the Computer Forensics Industry and help create a world with a safe computer environment for everyone.
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