School of Computer Science

Module 26265 (2016)

Module description - Introduction to Computer Security

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Module Title Introduction to Computer Security
School School of Computer Science
Module Code 06-26265
Level 2/I
Member of Staff Tom Chothia
Semester Semester 2 - 10 credits

Two one-hour lectures per week for eleven weeks. Plus eleven two-hour weekly lab sessions.

Contact Hours:



The module will introduce a range of topics in computer security, including attacks, vulnerabilities and defences. Both theory and practice are covered.


On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the basic concepts of computer security.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the threats to data stored on a computer, or being sent between computers, and apply techniques to secure that data.
  3. Identify security risks, and suggest appropriate solutions.

Sessional: 1.5 hr examination (80%), continuous assessment (20%).

Supplementary (where allowed): By 1.5 hr examination only (100%).