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Trends in IS and Information Security 7.5 credits

Trender inom IS och informationssäkerhet
Second cycle, A7002E
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2022 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Information Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Computer Technology
Main field of study
Information Security

Entry requirements

Minimum 120 ECTS of university studies including 60 ECTS in the areas of Computer- or System Science. The course is given in English, so good English skills are also a prerequisite.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The overall aim is that students will gain insight into various trends in IS and information security. 

Knowledge and understanding 
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to: 

  • describe the key research areas of IS and information security.
  • discuss the research environment and nature of information security
  • participate in discussions relating to information security research in relation to approaches of practice-oriented research; contextual perspective research and conceptual and philosophical orientation.  

Skills and abilities: 
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to: 

  • independently conduct a comparative academic study, related to the relationship between research and practice
  • critically review and evaluate scientific papers in the area of information security.  

Values and attitudes 
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to present a critical approach to his own and others' research, as well as describe the impact of the research. 


The course presents different aspects of current research and practice related to information security, by studying documents of scientific publications, field observation and through experience and perceptions of researchers and practitioners in the area. 
The course covers: 

  • IS research and information science prerequisites and nature
  • Information security research areas
  • Trends and debates within information security
  • Practitioners approach to information security and development trends. 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course consists of seminars and lectures about research and professional issues. The work includes a project in which students independently find empirical data to be analysed. The result of the project is presented in the form of a qualified research report. 

Teaching is in English and on the Internet for distance students or on campus for the students living here. IT support: Learning management system, e-mail and phone. The learning Management System is used for delivering course material, information and submissions. Knowledge is shared and created within the course through virtual meetings with teachers and other students for discussions, supervision, teamwork and seminars. For students on campus there will be meetings and examination on campus. 

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Individual assignments 2,5 hp
Individual assignments 5 hp

Technical requirements: Access to PC with Windows XP, microphone, web cam and permission to install software. Internet connection, minimum 0,5 Mbps.

Anna Ståhlbröst

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2012 Sp 1

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Individual assignment reportsU G VG *5.00MandatoryA12
0003Individual assignment reportsU G#2.50MandatoryA13

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 14 Feb 2012

Last revised
by 21 Mar 2022