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CS4028: SECURITY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

The course provides an introduction to computer and information security. It covers fundamental ideas and goals in security, and basics of access control, authentication, cryptology and applications, policy models, security protocols. A selection of other topics may be touched upon including communications and network security, web and mobile security, secure coding, human factors and management issues.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Matthew Collinson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

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

  • One of CS3015 Software Engineering: Principles and Practice (Passed) or CS3024 Software Engineering and Professional Issues (Passed) or CS3028 Principles of Software Engineering (Passed)
  • One of CS3015 Software Engineering: Principles and Practice (Passed) or CS3024 Software Engineering and Professional Issues (Passed) or CS3528 Software Engineering and Professional Practice (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CS4031 Data Mining and Visualisation (Studied)
  • CS4038 Data Mining and Visualisation (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

  • The security landscape
  • Access control
  • Usability and psychology
  • Cryptography (symmetric)
  • Protocols and keys
  • Network attack and defence
  • Security policy
  • Cryptography (asymmetric)
  • Development of systems and software with security considerations
  • Evaluation, Assurance, Compliance
  • The Economics of Security
  • The wider implications of security, and a look at the future of security

Further Information & Notes

Assistive technologies may be required for any student who is unable to use a standard keyboard/mouse/computer monitor. Any students wishing to discuss this further should contact the School Disability Co-ordinator. This course will not be available in 2012/13.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 two hour written examination (75%); continuous assessment (25%).

Resit: 1 two hour written examination (75%); continuous assessment mark carried forwards (25%).
Only the first attempt mark will be used for Honours degree classification.

Formative Assessment

During lectures, the Personal Response System and/or other ways of student interaction will be used for formative assessment. Additionally, practical sessions will provide students with practice opportunities and formative assessment.


Formative feedback for in-course assessments will be provided in written form. Additionally, formative feedback on performance will be provided informally during practical sessions.

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