Information Security module (AC51042)

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Module code


Semester: 1


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If you use email, please include "AC51042 Information Security" in the heading.

About the Module

The course aims to give a solid introduction to information security and touch upon important applications, evolving technologies, and new security threats.

Credit Rating

There are 20 SCQF points available on this module.

Module Timetable

Week Subject
1 Introduction to Security and Security Risk Assessment
2 Introduction to Cryptography; Stream Ciphers
3 Block Ciphers; Hash Functions; Passwords
4 Message Authentication Codes (MACs)
5 Web Application Vulnerabilities and Attacks
6 Public Key Cryptography
7 Digital Signatures; Public Key Infrastructures
8 Security Protocols; SSL/TLS; Phishing
9 Chaum's Electronic Cash; Bitcoin
10 Reading Week
11 Revision and Exam Preparation

Assessment and Coursework

Coursework counts for 70% of the final module mark and this is made up of weekly review quizzes or exercises (20%) and coursework assignments (50%). The remaining 30% of the final module mark is made up of an exam.


Marking criteria are provided on My Dundee for all assignments so that you know what we are looking for when we are marking your coursework. Please ensure that you refer to these when completing assignments.

Title Week Given Week Due Effort Expected (hours) Value (%)
Ethical hacking) 4 5 25 20
Applied Cryptography 7 8 25 20
Solutions to weekly exercises 1 10 10 10


All course material is available on My Dundee. This includes copies of lecture materials, practical exercises and assignments. The reading list for this module can be accessed from My Dundee, and provides recommended materials for completing the module.