Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Information security
Academic Year
Semester 2
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Computer exam  100%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Computer exam  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the risks involved in building secure computing systems.

2. Describe various types of cyber-attacks and determine appropriate defences against attack.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of, and apply appropriate encryption methods.

4. Evaluate aspects of computer systems with reference to confidentiality, integrity and availability (the CIA framework).

Brief description

This module introduces key concepts in information security, providing an overview of theoretical frameworks for secure systems and practical recommendations. It will cover aspects of software, hardware and network security.


Computer and information security:

1. The CIA Model of security: Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability.
2. Risk management in information security.
3. Passwords and password management.
4. Access control and network security.
5. Codes and ciphers.
6. Symmetric key encryption - DES, AES.
7. Public key encryption - RSA.
8. Attacks and their mitigation: Brute force, man in the middle, denial of service, privilege escalation, code injection, phishing.
9. Social engineering.
10. Secure design and defensive programming.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number In worksheets, practicals and exam.
Improving own Learning and Performance Problem solving in practicals and completing worksheets.
Information Technology Inherent in the module.
Personal Development and Career planning Working on a topic that is important to building professional systems in industry.
Problem solving In worksheets and practicals.
Research skills Through independent study and preparation for the exam.
Subject Specific Skills See module content.
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 4