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CSC8413 : Information Security and Trust

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Thomas Gross
  • Lecturer: Dr Changyu Dong
  • 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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion241:0024:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical81:008:00Practicals
Guided Independent StudyProject work301:0030:00Lab report of 2,000 words
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study141:0014:00Background reading
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CSC8202Information Security and Trust
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.

This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.

Students aiming for 1st class 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
Practical/lab report1M342 pieces of equally weighted coursework (16 hours each)
Report1M662000 words report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The practical/lab report gives an opportunity to assess practical skills on a more realistic and open-ended problem. Report 1 is specific to this module and assesses skills and knowledge learnt over the whole module.

Reading Lists