Cybersecurity & Future Technologies
Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr David Edward Perkins
Overall aims and purpose
This module will enable learners to develop an understanding of how security and ethical considerations need to be applied in the introduction and exploitation of computer technologies. It will address legal requirements and examine computing and security standards.
The learners will also develop an awareness of current and emerging technology and the impact it has on society. It will enable students to gain a general knowledge of some current research areas in computing and their application in industry and commerce.
Indicative content includes:
● Being Professional: Definitions of Ethics, Environmental, Legal, GDPR, Social and Professional Aspects. ● Introduction of the concept of professionalism. Protecting the IT Professional, Codes of Conduct/Practice. Codes of Ethics, Environmental considerations, established organisations. (IEEE, BCS) ● ISO/IEC standards for Information Security Management System (ISMS) and quality – For Example – ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 ● Security – Encryption, Security keys, certificates, Cloud Computing ● Examine emerging technologies - For example, wearable technology, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, home automation, Internet of Things (IoT).
Equivalent to the range 70%+. Assemble critically evaluated, relevent areas of knowledge and theory to constuct professional-level solutions to tasks and questions presented. Is able to cross-link themes and aspects to draw considered conclusions. Presents outputs in a cohesive, accurate, and efficient manner.
Equivalent to the range 60%-69%. Is able to analyse a task or problem to decide which aspects of theory and knowledge to apply. Solutions are of a workable quality, demonstrating understanding of underlying principles. Major themes can be linked appropriately but may not be able to extend this to individual aspects. Outputs are readily understood, with an appropriate structure but may lack sophistication.
Equivalent to 40%. Uses key areas of theory or knowledge to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module. Is able to formulate an appropriate solution to accurately solve tasks and questions. Can identify individual aspects, but lacks an awareness of links between them and the wider contexts. Outputs can be understood, but lack structure and/or coherence.
Demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues and privacy in computing.
Investigate security considerations in computing
Describe emerging technologies
Identify and critique emerging technologies
Understand how laws related to ethics.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
The module will be delivered through a series of interactive lectures, seminars, workshops, web-based learning, problem solving exercises, individual and group activities and linked tutorials. Consideration of case study materials, journals and guest speakers will form an important part of the delivery illustrating the application of themes to real-world situations.
Direct private study
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
Subject specific skills
- Recognise legal, social, ethical & professional issues
- Knowledge and understanding of commercial and economic issues
- Knowledge of information security issues
- Recognise risk/safety for safe operation of computing equipment
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- H300: BSc Applied Software Engineering (Deg Apprenticeship GLlM) year 2 (BSC/ASE)