Information Security

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Information Security

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Information Technologies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    For COMS3000 prereq: CSSE2310; For COMS7003 prereq: CSSE7231

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    2
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Access control, Authentication, Security Models, Secret-key and Public-key Cryptography, Network Security and Application-layer Security.
     
     
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. describe and apply the basic concepts of Information Security, such as Confidentiality, Integrity, Authentication and Non-Repudiation, and their relevance in various contexts.
    2. analyse and critically evaluate a range of access control and authentication mechanisms, including passwords, biometrics and multifactor authentication for various application scenarios.
    3. critically evaluate and apply cryptographic mechanisms and protocols.
    4. independently locate, interpret and critically judge academic and other literature in the field of Information Security, and then apply outcomes to plan, evaluate, develop and provide both individual and small group reports.
    5. compute the information theoretic entropy of random values, passwords, etc.
    6. analyse and critically judge the security of biometric authentication systems.
     
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
     
     
    Assessment
    Assignment 1
    Type: Report
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 4
    Due Date: Early - Mid Semester
    Weight: 20%
    Task Description: In this assignment, students are required to locate, read and critically evaluate academic literature on a specific topic in the area of Information Security. The assignment will be submitted in form of a written report.
     
     
    Assignment 2
    Type: Report
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 3, 4
    Due Date: Mid-Late Semester
    Weight: 20%
    Task Description: In this assignment, students are required to locate, read and critically evaluate academic literature on a specific topic in the area of Information Security. The assignment will be submitted in form of a written report.
     
     
    Final Exam
    Type: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
    Due Date: Examination Period
    Weight: 60%
    Reading: 10 minutes
    Duration: 120 minutes
    Format: Multiple-choice, Short answer, Short essay, Problem solving
    Task Description: A final examination will be held during the examination period. This exam will be open-book and will contain both problem-solving and short-answer questions.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.