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Course Overview

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to techniques for engineering secure information systems. Identity theft and fraudulent scams are some examples where computer systems have been utilised and compromised, and information exploited in ways not intended or authorized. In addition to developing critical knowledge of the theories, principles and concepts associated with information security and systems, this course will enhance your understanding of core topics such as access control, usability and psychology, security policy, ethical hacking, and cryptography. Students study how users and organisations must become better prepared to best exploit emerging technologies and issues arising.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Pradip Sharma
  • Dr. Rafael Cardoso

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Topics will include:
1. The information security landscape;
2. Access control;
3. Usability and psychology;
4. Cryptography (symmetric);
5. Protocols and keys;
6. Network attack and defence;
7. Security policy;
8. Cryptography (asymmetric);
9. Development of systems and software with security considerations;
10. Evaluation, Assurance, Compliance;
11. The Economics of Security;
12. The wider implications of security and a look at the future of security.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University week s 11 - 18
  • 1 Practical during University week s 11 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

2-hour Exam (75%)

Individual Report (15%)

Coursework (10%)


Exam (2 hours). Best of (resit exam mark) or (resit exam mark with carried forward CA marks)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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