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CSC8213 : Advanced Topics in Cyber Security

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Essam Ghadafi
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Dev Jha, Dr Charles Morisset, Mr Yinhao LI, Dr Carlton Shepherd, Dr John Mace
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


Cyber security is a rapidly evolving area, and its development is affected by many factors, including technological advances. This module aims to cover advanced topics and emerging trends in cyber security.

Teaching in this module will be informed by the latest research advances related to the covered topics. Seminars and workshops will be used to support teaching and will provide opportunities to discuss, analyse and critique some of the research related to the covered topics.

Outline Of Syllabus

Some advanced and emerging cyber security trends aligning with the CyBoK and their development eg Security and privacy in AI, Issues related to human factors, Post-quantum security, Trusted computing, IoT Security, Differential privacy etc.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Group report with individual reflection 3000 words
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Lectures/Presentations in Person.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00In person or online (Teams/Zoom).
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity11:001:00Group Presentation (15 minute video) all group members need to take part
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study51:005:00Group and researching topic choice for the coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study211:0021:00Background reading.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Staff members (and possible some external guest speakers, e.g., from industry) will deliver a lecture/presentation on the topic in question. The seminars/tutorials will be used to follow-up on the covered topic and discuss some recent peer-reviewed articles from the related research literature to broaden the horizon of the students on the discussed topics/issues.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation2M25Group presentation; 15min video where all group members need to take part.
Report2M75Group report with Individual Reflection; 3,000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module is directly informed by current research. Students can work in groups consisting of 1-3 members to complete the assessment. The report and the presentation will assess the ability of the student in analysing the research literature and providing a critical review of an issue or a topic as well as being able to present their findings clearly and succinctly.

Reading Lists