Knowledge Management - Information Security 7.5 Credits

Knowledge Management - Informationssäkerhet
Second cycle, A7005N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2018 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Feb 2018

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Systems Science
Subject group (SCB)
Informatics/Computer and Systems Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 120 ECTS of university studies including 60 ECTS in the areas of computer science or systems science, business administration or equivalent. Students from non-English speaking countries are required proof of knowledge in English provided by TOEFL test (score 550/213 or higher), IELTS test (score 6.0 or higher) or equivalent test. Students from EU countries are required to have obtained a pass in an English language course in their upper secondary school leaving certificate.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Know and be able to explain the concepts of knowledge management, knowledge security, knowledge security risk analysis, security knowledge management system, and security awareness.
  • Explain and reflect upon the importance of knowledge management in business and how knowledge is created, disseminated and used in a company/an organisation.
  • Use a model/methodology for mapping organisational knowledge and identifying related knowledge security risks and mitigation strategies/plans
  • Analyse and reflect upon how companies/organisations can protect and safely share knowledge in a collaborative environment without spreading the information in a way that can harm the organisations.
  • Define a security knowledge management system (SKMS) for an organisation and reflect upon the advantages the use of a model will have.
  • Conceptualise a security awareness program. 


The course deals with basic concepts within the area and defines the concepts of knowledge and knowledge management. The creation of knowledge and the question of whether all knowledge in an organisation can be taken charge of and how that is possible are other important issues. The management of processes concerning the creation of new knowledge, dissemination and use of knowledge are also discussed. Considerations are also made on the use of IT for knowledge management. 

The course adds a security perspective on how knowledge is used in an organisation, for example, competencies within information security. Information and knowledge have a high accessibility in a computer-based environment; how it is possible to create and share knowledge safely and to utilise means for responding to identified knowledge security risks without losing the ease of access to knowledge are important questions. 


Teaching is in English and on the Internet for distance students or on campus. IT support: Learning management system, on-line interactive meeting system, e-mail. Learning takes place through participation in lectures, interaction with other students and the lecturer through the asynchronous learning platform, and participation in seminars in which the assignments are discussed. Individual learning is ongoing, explicated and shared by the students through the use of a learning diary, which forms the documentation of the individual assignments.

The student’s ability to cooperate with other students and to experience practical challenges of knowledge creation and sharing in distributed groups can be practiced during the execution of group assignments. 


Individual and group assignments

Technical Requirements: access to PC with Windows XP, microphone, Web cam and permission to install software. Internet connection (minimum 0,5 Mbps).

Tero Päivärinta

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Literature consists of research articles distributed during the course.

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

0002Individual assignments 13.5TG U G VG
0004Group assignments 24.0TG U G VG

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.