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CSC8411 : Risk and Trust Management

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr John Mace
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to provide students with a systematic understanding of risk assessment and management. It will cover legal, ethical, and professional issues in security and trust management as well as the relevant standards

Outline Of Syllabus

- Risk management
- Trust
- Security engineering
- Security threats and access management
- Risk assessment and control strategies
- Legal, ethical, and professional issues
- Information security maintenance

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Follow-up of lectures and workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00Delivery mode: online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Work on completing coursework
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities111:0011:00Preparation for lectures and workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:307:30Delivery mode: PIP
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion110:305:30Non-synchronous discussion board
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study371:0037:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is taught to Degree Apprenticeship students who follow a hybrid pattern of one day on-campus every 4 teaching weeks with other weeks taught online.

Lectures and workshops will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Workshops will also be used for group activities involving application of learning material to the workplace.

Students will be expected to prepare for lectures and workshops using guided learning materials and follow-up lectures and workshops within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.

Non-synchronous discussion board will enable offline questions and discussions on the lecture material, coursework, and wider module in more detail.

Students aiming for Distinction -level marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Skills based report on workplace problem (2000 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MKnowledge based quiz - feedback prior to summative assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written exercise in the form of a quiz provides opportunity to assess learning and knowledge related to security policies, risk management processes and standards, and security management issues. The report exercise enables an assessment of skills via a work-based problem related to identifying security management issues,
evaluating risk control and management measures, and the application of risk management methods.

Reading Lists