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CSC8202 : Information Security and Trust

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Thomas Gross
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This course aims to explore Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security, which are fundamental and intertwined concepts in modern systems. The material focuses on the underlying theoretical principles, exploring how we can assess the overall security of a system, taking into account human factors and information management.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Security Risk Definition/Assessment/Management
- Identification & Authentication
- Biometrics
- Access Control & Authorisation
- Trust
- Privacy

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lectures present in person
Guided Independent StudyProject work241:0024:00Coursework
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion91:009:00Lecture follow-up via online discussion board sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study201:0020:00Background reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time81:008:00Online Q&A with Zoom or Teams
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.

Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled classes.

Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.

Students should set aside sufficient time for lecture follow up and revision to prepare for the coursework.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination601A100N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1Mformative coursework.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework formative assessment gives a chance to assess practical skills on a realistic and open-ended problem, while still assessing theoretical underpinnings.

Reading Lists