SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M1I124172
Module Leader Maria Filippopoulou
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces concepts and terminology for understanding digital and network security. The focus of this module is to apply the learned material to real applications through scenarios.


- Introductory terms and definitions. Attacks, Concepts and Techniques. - Security management, including security policies, risk management and assessment. - Discovering security issues, including digital forensics, ethical hacking and vulnerability assessments. - Security protections, including cryptography, network security and application security. - Ethics. - Cybersecurity Threats, Vulnerabilities and Attacks.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1) Understand concepts and terminology associated with: (i) digital security, network security, ethical hacking and forensics; (ii) security management and information assurance; (iv) the discovery of security issues, such as e-discovery and ethical hackin; (v) application of security protections, such as cryptography and network security; and (vi) ethical issues related to security.2) Apply learned concepts and terminology to describe security issues with relevant scenarios.3) Demonstrate how to apply security management and information assurance techniques to assess the security of relevant scenarios.4) Evaluate the technologies and procedures used to protect confidentiality, ensure integrity and provide high availability.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be taught by means of lectures, tutorials, practical exercises and laboratory work. The lectures will be used to present and define the concepts and terminology, as well as direct the students to material for further learning. In particular, independent as well as directed learning are used to supplement and reinforce the material delivered in this module. The tutorials will be used to apply the concepts and materials to practical examples. The practicals will consist of a mix of research and laboratory work, in which students will be required to independently apply the skills and knowledge learned in the lectures and tutorials, as well as extend to some new challenges. Assessment of learning outcomes will consist of two practical/laboratory reports as well as a class test.

Indicative Reading

Given the breadth of this introductory course, in addition to the references below, several online resources will be provided to students. - Dieter Gollman, Computer Security, 3rd edition. Wiley, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0-470-74115-3 (Primary Reading) - Matt Bishop, Computer Security: Art and Science, Addison-Wesley Professional, 2003. (2nd edition firm August 2017) - William R. Cheswick, Steven M. Bellovin, Aviel D. Rubin, Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker, 2nd edition Addison-Wesley Professional, 2003. Introduction to Cybersecurity Cisco Networking Academy Program Online Cybersecurity Essentials Cisco Networking Academy Program Online

Transferrable Skills

D1 Specialist knowledge and application, D2 Critical thinking and problem solving, D6 Effective information retrieval and research skills, D9 Awareness of strengths and weaknesses, D13 Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 5.00
Tutorials (FT) 5.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 68.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 0.00 50.00 35% Practical Research/Laboratory work
Exam (School) 1.00 50.00 35% Class Test