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Internet Security 7.5 credits

Second cycle, A7011N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 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 aim of the course is to develop knowledge and an approach that contributes to understanding and applying the basic principles of Internet and network security. After the course, the student will be able to:
  1.  Explain and summarize the fundamental concepts, standards, importance, function and scope of Internet security.
  2.  Gain in-depth knowledge on the recent trends in the Internet security area.
  3.  Configure and evaluate basic network elements such as routers, switches, and firewalls towards achieving secure network   topologies.
  4.  Evaluate and enforce security mechanisms to build a secure Internet within organizations.
  5.  Analyse Internet security vulnerabilities and their impacts on information security in organizations.    


The course covers a number of key concepts within Internet and network security, and additionally the relationships in between these concepts in order to create a full picture regarding what is required to achieve an adequate level of Internet security in organizations. The material covered in the course includes various concepts and standards for evaluating, designing and implementing basic network elements such as routers, switches, and firewall that address relevant security aspects and vulnerabilities.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.

During the course, students will work on individual tasks and group tasks.  For group work, students will collaborate with each other using a variety of collaboration tools.   Course material will cover the fundamental concepts, standards, importance, function and scope Internet security.   Students will need to apply a security methodology, when designing a solution to a given security scenario. To comprehensively understand Internet security concepts, students will need to perform some research to find up-to-date materials, write short essays, and purse laboratory exercises.  In this way, the student will identify further individual need to acquire more knowledge on the topics covered by the course. The student’s ability to cooperate with other students can also be practiced during the course.  

Lectures will cover current and future Internet security concepts, analysis and design, security models, research techniques, and how to integrate architecture into an organisation’s security policy.

Teaching is in English and on Internet for distance students or at campus for the students living here. IT support: Learning management system (Canvas), e-mail and phone.

Canvas 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 student on campus there will be meetings 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.
  The course is examined as follows:

• Written individual tasks and group tasks relating to the course aims 1-5, 4hp (U, G, VG) 
• Individual written exam relating to 1, 2, 3 and 5 of the course aims, 3.5hp (U, G, VG)

In order for a student to get VG in the whole course, a VG grade must be accomplished in the individual tasks and group tasks and in the individual written exam.

For the G grade, a student should achieve the grade G in the individual tasks and group tasks, as well as in the individual written exam.

All included examination parts must be completed for the final grade on the course.

Grades are given according to the scale: U, G, VG. 


Technical requirements:  Access to PC, microphone, webcam, a permission to install software, and Internet connection of minimum 0,5 Mbps.

Christer Åhlund

Transition terms
The course A7011N is equal to A0001N

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2018 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Title: Network Security Essentials: Applications and Standards (6th Edition)
Author: William Stallings
Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Pearson; 6th edition

There are two different versions of the above book, the USA version and the International version. The USA version is more expensive, but if you live in the USA, that may be the only one you can purchase. The other version is the less expensive International version, so you can purchase either version:

USA Version: (published on August 7, 2016)
ISBN-10: 013452733X
ISBN-13: 978-0134527338

International Version: (published on December 5th, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1292154853
ISBN-13: 978-1292154855

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0004Individual tasks and group tasksU G VG *6.00MandatoryA18
0007Written examU G VG *1.50MandatoryA21

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 19 Feb 2010

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL – SRT 25 Feb 2021