KF5007 - Security Case Project

What will I learn on this module?

The module provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge of cyber security through the examination of the principles, theories, technical skills and research issues associated with the disciplines of ethical hacking and computer security.

The module develops technical aspects of the subject with particular reference to enhancing computer and network security. You will have the opportunity to practice techniques and tools associated with penetration testing and evaluate a range of threats, including the use of various hacking tools and techniques over a variety of operating systems and platforms. You will also have the opportunity to develop their research skills in designing and evaluating security vulnerabilities and countermeasures.

How will I learn on this module?

Learning and teaching will take place through a variety of mechanisms, including lectures, seminars, practical sessions, research into current developments and a case studies. The subject of cyber security is continuously developing, evolving and changing and as a result you will be expected to keep up to date with developments through independent research.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will come from laborarory sessions and lectures, there will also be opporunities for the distribution of information of the latest events in the world of cyber security. This will generally take the form of demonstrations or discussions around techilogical vulnerabilities, current vulnerability exploits and security breaches in the media.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Assess computer systems, information systems and networks to identify their vulnerabilities and weaknesses so as to be able to penetrate those systems or networks

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Evaluate the principles of ethical hacking and appreciate where and in what situations these principles should be applied
3. Appreciate how the core concepts, knowledge and practice of computer security have developed through research

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Appreciate the legal and ethical issues associated with ethical hacking

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment will be by a research report (8 pages long IEEE format) (assessing all module learning outcomes), it will be based on a case study selected by you (possible research areas will be provided), the case study will involve the application of ethical hacking tools and techniques and an evaluation of the vulnerabilities and the production of countermeasure designs.

The feedback will be in the form of either anotated scripts or a lab feedback sesion.





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Course info

UCAS Code GF44

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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