CYBER SECURITY LANDSCAPE

SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M1I125898
Module Leader Salma Mohamed
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Cyber Security and Networks
Trimester
  • B (January 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. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the proportion of the Activity Types which take place off campus, is 75%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 6%.

Syllabus

Introductory terms and definitions. Attacks, Concepts and Techniques. Security management, including security policies and procedures. 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. Explain the characteristics and value of personal data and data within an organization. 2. Recognize the characteristics and operation of a cyberattack. 3. Understand legal and ethical issues in cybersecurity. 4. Express the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability as they relate to data states and cybersecurity countermeasures.5. Describe tactics, techniques and procedures used by cyber criminals.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Work based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning in the workplace. The course material is introduced through a form of online curriculum, which will cover the principles of the subject, will illustrate the relevance of it to the real-world and introduce a range of professional processes and practices. Students will engage with practical assignments and online tutorial material which may include instruction and peer-created content, and there will be drop-in sessions on campus which will allow students to discuss key concepts and issues with peers and with instructors. Students will be expected to undertake a significant level of independent study within the workplace for the work based learners, including practical activities, and links will be provided to appropriate external material such as podcasts, MOOCs, videos and literature to supplement the module content. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon the theoretical learning (for example, within the workplace) and the application of newly learned concepts to the work environment. Students will receive feedback on their performance through the module, undertaking the practical assignments and exercises and participating and engaging with the module. The university 'Strategy for Learning' documentation has informed the learning and teaching strategy for this module.

Indicative Reading

Introduction to Cybersecurity Cisco Networking Academy Program Online Cybersecurity Essentials Cisco Networking Academy Program Online

Transferrable Skills

Specialist knowledge and application, Critical thinking and problem solving, Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working) Ability to prioritise tasks and time management Develop an understanding of the practical considerations that constrain the application of theory in the workplace.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 6.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 69.00
Seminars (FT) 1.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 0.00 100.00 40% Problem based / multiple-choice based assessment