COMP SCI 7307 - Secure Programming
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 7307 Course Secure Programming Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Trimester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2.5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites COMP SCI 7103, COMP SCI 7202, COMP SCI 7202B, COMP SCI 7208 or COMP SCI 7211 Incompatible COMP SCI 7406 Restrictions Master of Computing and Innovation, Graduate Diploma in Computer Science and Graduate Certificate in Computer Science students only. Course Description The purpose of the course is to learn about secure software, including its design, implementation and maintenance. During the course students will be exposed to a selection of topics from the following: performing threat modelling, issues in authentication and authorisation, auditing for security, input sanitising, TOCTOU vulnerabilities, memory management issues, fixing vulnerabilities and patch distribution. The course requires previous programming experience and some understanding of computer systems.
Course Coordinator: Dr Sherif Haggag
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course you will be able to:
1 Identify common vulnerable programming patterns that can expose systems, applications or websites to hackers. 2 Employ secure software development practices in order to shield an organisation from possible cyber-attacks. 3 Develop ethical exploits for security vulnerability to build experience around prevention methods. 4 Apply a variety of mitigation strategies, proactively and reactively, for common vulnerability patterns.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
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Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is delivered in a semester, trimester and intensive format, although enrolment options may be limited by availability.
This course offers opportunities for you to learn through blended learning approaches, meaning some of the learning is done autonomously online and some of the learning is done through face-to-face engagement. This blended approach is used to create a rich scaffolded and supportive learning experience.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This is a 3-unit course. In the semester or trimester format, you are expected to allocate the following study time to fully meet the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course. Please note that students work at different paces, so this indicates the approximate time required to complete this course.
Learning Activity Hours/Week Duration Total Online learning activities 1 hour 12 weeks 12 hours Face-to-face learning activities 3 hours 12 weeks 36 hours Independent study 4 hours 12 weeks 48 hours Assessment tasks 5 hours 12 weeks 60 hours Expected total student workload 156 hours
Learning Activities SummaryYou will be required to complete the online learning activities available on MyUni prior to regular face-to-face learning sessions. Throughout these autonomous tasks, you will have time to process new concepts and build foundational knowledge around them. In the face-to-face sessions, you will get a chance to apply that learning to build new skills and address real-world problems.
Learning activities, both online and face-to-face, are scaffolding to the learning builds throughout the course. Through this learning experience, you will be asked to draw on a range of lower-order and higher-order thinking skills.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Weighting Individual/Group Week Due Course Learning Outcome Analysis of a cyber-attack 20% Individual 5 1, 2 Code implementation 35% Individual 10 2, 3, 4 Secure programming project: Research paper and presentation 45% Individual 12 1, 2, 3, 4
Assessment DetailFull descriptions of the assessment tasks and associated grading rubrics are in the Assignments space on the MyUni course site. You will have opportunities to get further clarification on assessment tasks as needed.
SubmissionUnless otherwise specified, submit all of your assessments to the Assignments space in the MyUni course site for this course. For written assessments, your submissions will go through Turnitin to check for originality. Make sure your submissions adhere to the University of Adelaide Academic Integrity policies.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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