COMP SCI 4412 - Secure Software Engineering
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 4412 Course Secure Software Engineering Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites COMP SCI 2201 Incompatible COMP SCI 4812 Course Description This course will introduce the theoretical concepts and practical approaches and tools that support the security concerns in the whole systems development lifecycle resulting in software that is secure by default. The course will cover a wide range of software security topics ranging from as security as a cross-cutting concern, methodological approaches to improving software security during different phases of software development lifecycle, integrating secure software development principles and patterns into software development processes, contemporary paradigm of secure continuous software engineering, DevSecOps. The course will be offered in a workshop style mode with small and large parts of software development projects being the major types of assessment tasks.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jason Xue
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Understand and argue the importance of security during the development of software systems
2. Understand and consider the significance of security in various stages of the software development process
3. Elicit, analyse, specify, and comply with the security requirements for a software system
4. Design and evaluate software design that incorporate security measures at multiple layers of abstraction
5. Develop skills to write code that is secure in the face of sophisticated attack vectors
6. Apply tools and approaches for identifying security defects and vulnerabilities in software systems
7. Understand the severity and underlying technologies behind insider and outsider threats and attack vectors
8. Engineer secure software for leading edge technologies such as cloud, IoT, and edge computing
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3, 5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 2, 3, 6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4, 5, 6, 8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2, 6, 7 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 7, 8 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
3, 4, 5
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course consists of 12 weeks of different types of learning and teaching activities such as seminar style lectures, moderated discussions on the core topics with relevant industrial examples, guest speakers, students’ led discussions and project work. There will be 10-12 seminar sessions led/moderated by the teaching team. There will be 6 working sessions led/moderated by the teaching team.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Each student is expected to spend approximately 12 hours on this course (including the hours spent in the seminar and working sessions).
Learning Activities Summary
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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 Task Type Due* Weight Outcomes ACS CBOK Areas Assignemnt Formative Weeks 3, 6, 9 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 1.1, 1.2, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 Group Project Formative + Summative Week 10 30% 5, 6, 7, 8 2.4, 3.2, 4.3 Hackathon Summative Week 12 20% 5, 6, 7, 8 1.1, 1.2, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3
* The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
ACS CBOK Areas
CBOK is the Core Body of Knowledge for ICT Professionals defined by the Australian Computer Society. The alignment in the table above corresponds with the following CBOK Areas:
1. Problem Solving
2. Professional Knowledge
2.2 Professional expectations
2.3 Teamwork concepts & issues
2.4 Interpersonal communications
2.5 Societal issues
2.6 Understanding of ICT profession
3. Technology resources
3.1 Hardware & Software
3.2 Data & information
4. Technology Building
4.2 Human factors
4.3 Systems development
4.4 Systems acquisition
5. ICT Management
5.1 IT governance & organisational
5.2 IT project management
5.3 Service management
5.4 Security management
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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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