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Academic Year 2022/2023

Cybersec. Professional Project (COMP47820)

Computer Science
Computer Science
4 (Masters)
Module Coordinator:
Dr Liliana Pasquale
Credit Split by Trimester:
Spring 15
Summer 15
2 Trimester duration (Spr-Sum)
Mode of Delivery:
Internship Module:
How will I be graded?
Letter grades

Curricular information is subject to change.

This module supports students in the design and completion of an independent professional project that addresses a significant practical cybersecurity problem faced in industry.
Students will be supervised in the preparation of a project report by a member of the School of Computer Science and a practitioner from industry. The module will include guidance on developing a feasible research question, identifying an appropriate research methodology, collecting and analysing empirical data, and writing a project report. Student contact hours will include regular individual supervision.

About this Module

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will be able to:
* Demonstrate a critical understanding of the chosen practical problem and the literature around the problem domain;
* Formulate a clear research question and design an appropriate methodology;
* Implement a software prototype to collect relevant data and evaluate effectiveness of the proposed solution to the chosen problem;
* Collate and analyse empirical data;
* Write a report describing the practical problem tackled, the relevant research literature, the solution proposed and the results obtained;
* Critically evaluate effectiveness of the proposed solution in a practical setting.

Student Effort Hours:
Student Effort Type Hours




Project Supervision


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
In this module, students will have the opportunity to develop their research knowledge and skills by conducting an independent professional project on a topic of practical relevance in cybersecurity. Students will be assigned a supervisor from industry who will provide individualised support throughout their project. Tailored training in project design and delivery will be provided during regular supervisory meetings. This is complemented by a series of class workshops on a range of topics including research methodologies and report writing.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

The student should have successfully completed the following modules:
- Information Security
- Leadership in Security
- Privacy and Compliance
- Risk Assessment and Standards
- Secure Software Engineering
- Applied Cryptography
- Network Security
- Incident Response

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
COMP47800 - Leadership in Security, COMP47870 - Incident Response, COMP47880 - Network Security, COMP47890 - Applied Cryptography, COMP47900 - Cyber Risk Assessment&Standard, COMP47910 - Secure Software Engineering, COMP47920 - Information Security, LAW42160 - Cybersecurity Law


Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Project: Written report of independent research project Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Lab Report: Implementation and evaluation of the prototype implemented during the professional project. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Presentation: Presentation of the tackled professional project, approach implemented and obtained results. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes



Carry forward of passed components

Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 

Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive regular verbal feedback during supervisory meetings and can expect feedback from their supervisor on one draft of their project report, provided they supply it in a timely manner.