Security in Computing and IT - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (10%) , Assignment 2 (15%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

This unit gives an introduction to practical aspects of IT security for system developers, and presents the foundations as well as introduces the major specialisation fields. It looks at the different security mechanisms used in various areas of computing, including operating systems, databases and web-based applications.

For computer systems that are used and relied upon in many areas of life, security has become an important aspect; availability and correct operation are essential. IT professionals working in the field need to be well acquainted with the security features of the tools and applications they use and produce. Protection of data regardless of the information they contain is a critical task, and requires experts. The field of IT security has grown and evolved significantly in recent years, and different areas of specialisation have emerged.

Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. explain the functioning of security services in computing environments
  2. understand the types and operation of exploits, such as those used in web-based applications
  3. describe basic system security mechanisms, such as those used in operating systems, file systems and computer networks
  4. appreciate the web security issues related to client-side and server-side scripting
  5. explain the security issues in mobile computing
  6. analyse privacy related issues in computing
  • Assignment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 (15%)
  • Invigilated Exam (60%)
  • Test (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Security mechanisms, attack methods
3Elementary cryptography
5Access control
6Operating system security
7Database security
8Network security
9Web security
10Mobile computing
12Internet banking

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links
  • Simulations

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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