Information Security

Module summary

Module code: COMP1806
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Computing and Mathematical Sci.
Module Coordinator(s): Emmanouil Panaousis


Pre and co requisites

Level 4 knowledge of binary and hexadecimal numbering systems.


Information security focuses on information security threats, risks and corresponding countermeasures. This includes confidentiality, integrity and availability in different computer systems, taking into account also privacy, secure design and introducing cryptography and its applications.

Learning outcomes

(1) Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental information security priniciples and concepts,
(2) Demonstrate a critical appreciation of security risk assessment and controls for different systems and organisations,
(3) Demonstrate an understanding of algorithms and procedures covering cryptography and its
(4) Understand, apply and evaluate the principles of secure design,
(5) Demonstrate a critical appreciation of sociotechnical approaches to cyber security.

Indicative content

Updating the lecture on legal, social and ethical issues with an entire lecture on Sociotechnical Approaches to Cyber Security, and the rest remain as now.

Teaching and learning activity

Concepts will be introduced in 2-hour lectures and supported by 1-hour tutorials.


Coursework - 60% weighting, 40% pass mark. Learning Outcomes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Outline Details - The final output is a technical report critically discuss THREE research and technical topics inspired by the module. Carried out in teams of up to three students.

Multiple Choice Questions - 40% weighting, 40% pass mark. Learning Outcomes - 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. Outline Details – An MCQ of 40 questions with non negative marking.