Postgraduate

CSC8202 : Information Security and Trust (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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 work161:0016:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study280:3014:00Revision for end of Semester exam & exam duration
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study141:0014:00Background reading
Total100:00
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.

Students should set aside sufficient time to revise for the end of semester exam.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A66N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M342 pieces of equally weighted coursework (16 hours each)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is an appropriate way to assess knowledge of theoretical, including ethical, underpinnings and practical skills tested on small-scale problems. The coursework assessment gives a chance to assess practical skills on a more realistic and open-ended problem.
The examination involves the correct interpretation and analysis of precise formal models. Its duration is set to allow time for this to be done accurately.

N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 40%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 40%.

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