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MRes Advanced Computer Science MRes / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
IT Governance

Unit code COMP60721
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by School of Computer Science
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


IT governance is the framework that takes creative information systems from ideas to successful business tools. It's a toolbox of measures for taking the responsibility to build secure architectures that meet the exacting standards of today's budgets and the regulatory environment. Technology meets leadership meets design meets human factors meets compliance.


This course unit covers the coordination of business decision making for the assurance of information. It concentrates how business responsibilities consider security in strategy, acquisition, performance, conformance, and human behaviour.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are detailed on the COMP60721 course unit syllabus page on the School of Computer Science's website for current students.


  1. Security RACI - Responsibility, Accountability, Consulted and Informed
    • Leadership
    • Managing investments
    • IT and audit working together
  2. Strategic security
    • Risk management
    • Information security
    • Implementation roadmap
    • Architectures
  3. Security during acquisition
    • The business case
    • Supplier governance
  4. Performance of security measures
    • Capability assessment
    • IT service continuity
    • Performance measurement
  5. Conformance of information systems to security obligations
    • Legal and regulatory aspects
  6. Managing the human behaviour affecting the security of information systems
    • Communications

Teaching and learning methods


70% of contact time will be lectures.


30% of contact time will be group work in the lab.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Group/team working
Project management
Oral communication
Problem solving
Written communication

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%

Feedback methods

This is an interactive module with in-class sessions and an on-line discussion board that operates through the week to keep up the pace between contact days.

Recommended reading

COMP60721 reading list can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 60

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Daniel Dresner Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Course unit materials

Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.

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