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COMP3201 Cyber Security

Module Overview

This module will teach the basic principles of security in IT systems and how these principles apply in a range of different contexts (e.g. computer systems, computer networks, network & system administration, eCommerce, etc.)

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • A road map of security issues
  • The basic principles of security
  • Issues in Web-based security
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain how security principles apply in a range of contexts
  • Critically analyse Web based systems for security problems
  • Describe on-going trends in security threats and countermeasures
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify a range of alternative solutions to a security issue and select the most appropriate
  • Evaluate the outcome of the solution


- Security and privacy – models of security - Risk and Planning for Security - Social Engineering - Introduction to cryptography - Physical and logical security - Web based Security - e-Commerce, digital signatures and e-Banking

Learning and Teaching

Completion of assessment task60
Wider reading or practice26
Follow-up work9
Preparation for scheduled sessions9
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Security in Computing.



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 30%
Coursework assignment(s) 20%
Examination 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Prerequisites: ELEC1204 OR COMP1202

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