COMP47920 Information Security

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will introduce students to the world of information security addressing the major issues that security specialists encounter in the "real world". One aspect of the module is to enable students to reason about information systems from a security engineering perspective. In addition students may be required to attend seminars given by security specialists. Students will maintain a learning journal addressing topics and issues that are discussed in lectures or identified by the lecturer.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

• Understand Information Security
• Identify Security concerns in the design and implementation of secure systems
• Understand and apply Security models and design principles
• Understand
o Role of cryptography and security protocols
o Privilege management access control
o Common software and network vulnerabilities
o Usable security and the human factor
• Discuss the concepts of Privacy VS Surveillance
• Undertake real world case studies in information security

Indicative Module Content:

• Introduction Information Security
o What is it
o Threats
o Information Security and Computer Forensics
• Security and the design and implementation of secure systems
• Security models and design principles (e.g., principle of least privilege and fail-safe defaults)
• Introduction to Cryptography and security protocols
• Access control
• Common software and network vulnerabilities
• Usable security and the human factor
• Privacy VS Surveillance
• Real world case studies
Approaches to information security in different organisations
Recommendations for your organisation or an organisation of interest to you

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning

150

Lectures

24

Practical

36

Total

210

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module will be delivered via lectures and up to 3 in person workshops. Students will reflect on topics and research areas that will form their learning journal. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: An end of trimester MCQ exam End of trimester MCQ No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

30

Journal: Students will maintain a Learning Journal where they will respond to regular questions posted on BrightSpace during the trimester. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

70


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The lecturer will provide either written or oral feedback to the students

Name Role
Kushal Ramkumar Tutor