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CS4028: SECURITY (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

The course provides a solid foundation in computer and information security. It will cover topics of Information and Risk, Threats and Attacks, Cybersecurity Architecture and Operations, Secure Systems and Products, Cybersecurity Management and Trustworthy Software. 

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

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Course Description

  • The course provides a solid foundation in computer and information security. It will cover the following topics:

    • Information and Risk,
        • including models such as confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA); concepts such as probability, consequence, harm, risk identification, assessment and mitigation; and the relationship between information and system risk;
    • Threats and Attacks,
        • including threats, how they materialise, typical attacks and how those attacks exploit vulnerabilities;    
    • Cybersecurity Architecture and Operations, 
        • including physical and process controls that can be implemented across an organisation to reduce information and systems risk, identify and mitigate vulnerability, and ensure organisational compliance;    
    • Secure Systems and Products, 
        • including the concepts of design, defensive programming and testing and their application to build robust, resilient systems that are fit for purpose;
    • Cybersecurity Management, 
        • including understanding the personal, organisational and legal/regulatory context in which information systems could be used, the risks of such use and the constraints (such as time, finance and people) that may affect how cybersecurity is implemented;    
    • Trustworthy Software, 
        • being the enhancement of the overall software and systems culture, with the objective that software should be designed, implemented and maintained in a trustworthy manner, and including the British Standards Institution PAS 754 Software trustworthiness.
    • It may cover other topics if time allows.

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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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

Resit: 1 two hour written examination (75%); continuous assessment mark carried forwards (25%).

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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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