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CSC3632 : System and Network Security

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Charles Morisset
  • Lecturer: Dr Narges Khakpour
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To explore in depth the different mechanisms used to protect the security of systems and network, and to manage the corresponding risk.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Cryptography: simple and practical introduction to symmetric and asymmetric encryption, hashing and
• Malicious code: XXS, Code Injection, Reverse Engineering
• Network Security: Firewall, IDS, Packet Analysis, Security protocols
• Authentication and Authorisation: Biometrics, Access Control
• Risk Management: Threat Modelling, Risk Assessment
• Privacy: k-anonymity
• Human Factors: Usability, Behavioural security

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Practical coursework
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials700:3035:00Lecture material, recorded videos max 30minutes, interactive material, articles, formative exercises
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Revision and prep plus final exam
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion200:3010:00Active participation to discussion forum
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery441:0044:00Drop-in session for the practical coursework (in-person, not recorded)
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity101:0010:00Formative coursework (group work)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study400:3020:00Lecture follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk111:0011:00Talks given by the module leader and invited speakers (recorded)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture material is made available on Canvas, and consists of a selection of short recorded videos, interactive website and written content. Learners are expected to follow-up on this material and to actively participate to a discussion forum, prompted by some of the interactive material. A module talk each week enables the module leader to discuss about key points of the module and to reflect on the ongoing forum discussions. The coursework consists of practical attacks done in a virtual controlled lab, with drop-in sessions where learners can ask questions and get support for the exercises. A formative coursework is done as a group, where learners have to solve a critical thinking assessment.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination901A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M25Demonstration of attacks and security mechanisms (equivalent of 1500 words)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MSecurity Analysis (group work, 1500 words).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination is an appropriate way to assess knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings and practical skills on small-scale problems. The examination involves application exercises and critical thinking.

The coursework assessment gives an opportunity to assess practical skills in a controlled environment, while the formative assessment is a security analysis (critical thinking) done as group work.

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