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CSC8015 : Cybersecurity

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rasha Ibrahim
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To create awareness of the need for security in computer and communications systems, and to introduce techniques aiming at analysing and improving security.

By exploring topics such as the need for security, system and network security, cryptography, privacy and practical security, including hardware, software and human elements of security, this module aims to introduce requirements and solutions for security for many components of a computer system: hardware, network, databases, web applications, operating systems and user interface.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will look at the main areas under the field of cybersecurity and introduce a number of security tools, covering:
- Main principles of Information Security.
- Website Security
- Network Analysis
- Cybersecurity Tools
- Human Aspects of Cybersecurity

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials180:309:00Lectures [online non-synchronous]
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion181:0018:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical91:009:00Practical work [PiP]
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities190:309:30Gain knowledge about materials in lectures
Guided Independent StudyProject work11:001:00Lab exercises to be complete during practical [online]
Guided Independent StudyProject work17:307:30Security Analysis
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery180:309:00Drop-in [online synchronous]
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study371:0037:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module follows a blended-learning delivery method. Module Lecturers provide online material to satisfy the knowledge outcomes, and practical work which are then used in practical sessions to practice and improve the skills outcomes

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100A 1000 word Security Analysis (incl individual exercises completed based on the module practical sessions and a security lab report
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report2MIndividual exercises to be completed based on module practicals.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The practical task of the coursework consists of a number of lab exercises that need to be solved using the security tools and techniques covered in the module, as described in the syllabus. In addition, an academic report should be submitted, including a reflection on the knowledge gained through the module, and how the student informed their choices. The report is worth 60% of the final mark. Both Assessments should be submitted at the end of the module, and are assessed on an individual basis.

Reading Lists