Unit description

Introduces students to the various controls which can be implemented in information systems to guard against both intentional and unintentional threats. Students will examine techniques by which combinations of controls can be jointly implemented to provide effective countermeasures against threats. Students will apply risk analysis techniques to the development of security plans and security strategies.

Unit content

Topic 1 Overview & fundamental concepts of computer security.

Topic 2 Authentication & access control

Topic 3 Database security

Topic 4 Network security 1 - intrusion detection & malicious software

Topic 5 Network security 2 - denial of service & intrusion prevention

Topic 6 Physical & human factors in security management

Topic 7 Security auditing

Topic 8 Risk assessment & planning

Topic 9 Security models

Topic 10 Software security

Topic 11 Internet security

Topic 12 Legal & ethical considerations

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Stallings, W & Brown, L , 2012, Computer Security Principles and Practice, 2nd edn, Pearson International Edition, Pearson Education Inc, USA. ISBN: 0132775069.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Hong Kong

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Exam: closed book50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%

Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Exam: closed book50%

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Fee information


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