COMP SCI 1500 - Cyber Security

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This course will provide students with foundational knowledge and skills in managing cybersecurity risks and threats at an organisational level. Students will learn the nature and magnitude of current cyber threats; case studies in threat prevention and incident handling; strategies for organisational risk management of cyber threats; organisational mechanisms policies and procedures for minimising the risks and costs associated with breaches; current trends and developments in threats and mitigation; resources identifying new threats and approaches to mitigation. Assessment can include, practical exercises, quizzes, case-studies, presentations and a final exam.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMP SCI 1500
    Course Cyber Security
    Coordinating Unit Computer Science
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible TECH 1005, TECH 1005UAC
    Restrictions Not available to BCompSci, B MathsCompSci, BCompSci(Adv), and BE(Hons)(Soft) students
    Assessment Practical exercises, workshops, case studies and a final exam.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Md Mokammel Haque

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1.  Identify and manage cyber security risks at an organisational level.
    2. Analyse cyber security threats for specific case studies
    3. Apply strategies for threat prevention and incident handling including organisational risk management of cyber threats
    4. Identify and explain current trends and developments in cyber threats and mitigation.
    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.

    2, 4

    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.

    1, 3, 4

    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.

    2, 3

    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.

    2, 4

    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.

    1, 2

    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.

    3, 4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course consists of 12 weeks of different types of learning and teaching activities such as lectures, moderated discussions on the core topics with relevant industrial examples, guest speakers, students’ led discussions and project work. There will be 10-12 lecture sessions led/moderated by the teaching team. There will be 12 practical and workshop 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 per week on this course (including the hours spent in the lecture, practical and workshop sessions).
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment Task Weighting %
    Individual/Group Formative/Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning Outcome CBOK Alignment**
    Assignments 40 Individual Summative Weeks 5-8 1,2,4 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 3.1, 3.3, 5.4
    Workshops 10 Individual Formative Weeks 1-12 1,2,3,4 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 3.1, 3.3, 5.4
    Paper Presentation 10 Individual Formative Weeks 3-5 1,4 1.1, 2.1, 2.6, 5.4
    Group Project 40 Individual & Group Formative Week 12 2,4 1.1, 1.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.2, 3.3, 5.2, 5.4

    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.

    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.

    **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
    1.1 Abstraction
    1.2 Design

    2. Professional Knowledge
    2.1 Ethics
    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
    3.3 Networking

    4. Technology Building
    4.1 Programming
    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

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must obtain at least 50% of the overall marks to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    • Assignments - Individual assessment - Assignments will be based on the material discussed in the class and/or other relevant material/tasks assigned by the teaching staff. The assignments aim to provide students with hands-on experience on the security assessment of vulnerabilities and solving real-world problems. There will be two assignments. Each assignment carries 20 marks.
    • Paper Presentation - Individual assessment - Articles will be assigned to a group of students for reviewing and leading the discussion in the seminar/working sessions. Each member of a group will critically review the article and will lead a small group of students to discuss the paper and answer the questions on the assigned article; each of the members in the group is expected to actively lead the discussion and Q&A parts as the assessment is individual. Each member of the team will be assessed based on the performance in leading the discussion and participating in the Q&A.
    • Group Project - Group and individual assessments - This assessment consists of multi-phase activities in which the students are expected to participate in a group project to build a cyber secure system. The project aims to provide an opportunity for students to exercise the material covered in this course
      • Individual reflection (30%)
      • Group project report and demonstration (70%)
    Work will be submitted by the MyUni site for the course and hardcopy submission in some instances.

    Marks will be capped for late submissions, based on the following schedule:
    1 day late – mark capped at 75%
    2 days late – mark capped at 50%
    3 days late – mark capped at 25%
    more than 3 days late – no marks available.

    Extensions to due dates will only be considered under exceptional medical or personal conditions and will not be granted on the last day due, or retrospectively. Applications for extensions must be made to the course coordinator by e-mail or hard copy and must include supporting documentation – medical certificate or letter from the student counselling service.
    Course Grading

    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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