University of Queensland
Area of Study
Taught In English
For COMS3000 prereq: CSSE2310; For COMS7003 prereq: CSSE7231
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Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionAccess control, Authentication, Security Models, Secret-key and Public-key Cryptography, Network Security and Application-layer Security.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hourAssessmentAssignment 1Type: ReportLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 4Due Date: Early - Mid SemesterWeight: 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 2Type: ReportLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 3, 4Due Date: Mid-Late SemesterWeight: 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 ExamType: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6Due Date: Examination PeriodWeight: 60%Reading: 10 minutesDuration: 120 minutesFormat: Multiple-choice, Short answer, Short essay, Problem solvingTask 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.
- describe and apply the basic concepts of Information Security, such as Confidentiality, Integrity, Authentication and Non-Repudiation, and their relevance in various contexts.
- analyse and critically evaluate a range of access control and authentication mechanisms, including passwords, biometrics and multifactor authentication for various application scenarios.
- critically evaluate and apply cryptographic mechanisms and protocols.
- 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.
- compute the information theoretic entropy of random values, passwords, etc.
- analyse and critically judge the security of biometric authentication systems.
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