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BSc Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction) / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Cyber Security

Unit code COMP38412
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Computer Science
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course will provide an introduction to cyber security concepts, components, threats landscape and procedures as well as countermeasures, defences and challenges in tackling cyber threats. It will discuss systematic approaches to the identification and classification of system vulnerabilities, threats and attacks in the context. It will describe cryptographic methods and protocols, which are used to protect data, applications and systems. It will introduce cyber security solutions and defence measures, such as user identity, privilege and trust management, enterprise network defence and wireless security standards, application level security packages and software security issues and best practices.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Fundamentals of Computer Architecture COMP15111 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Distributed Systems COMP28112 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to:


Provide students with knowledge and skills to identify cyber threats and practical expertise to apply the knowledge and skills gained to tackle cyber security issues, so as to protect data and distributed systems from cyber attacks.

Assessment methods

Method Weight

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 78

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ning Zhang Unit coordinator

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