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Applied Computer Security 7.5 credits

Tillämpad datorsäkerhet
Second cycle, Z7001E
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Grade scale
Systems Science
Subject (SCB)
Informatics/Computer and Systems Sciences

Entry requirements

The course assumes basic knowledge of Computer Science or Systems Science, 60 ECTS: D0004N Database Systems I, D0005N Database Systems II, D0006N Objectoriented Analysis and Design, D0024E Software Development with Java II, D0019N Software Development with Java, D0020N Information Systems Development, I0005N IT-Design and Systems Thinking, D0006N Design of IT or equal courses.

More information about English language requirements


Course Aim

This course will have materials on computer security aspects such as user authentication, operating systems security, malicious software, and data encryption, with applications to organisation security. After the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  •        Identify and explain the fundamental concepts, standards, importance,
           and functions within the scope of computer security.
  •        Perform a review of academic trends and knowledge in the area of 
           computer security.
  •        Analyse a computer security architecture within an organisation’s context.
  •        Design a computer security model considering organisational
  •        Decide on computer security plans and procedures towards fulfilling an
           organisation’s security policy.     

This course covers the basic concepts, standards, and functions, and implementations of the computer security. This course will give a narrow, but in-depth, focus on computer security architecture in terms of functions and usage. From a practical standpoint, the current state of the art is covered, which will assist students in analysing and designing security solutions within organisations’ contexts. Various scenarios and security concepts will be covered to help students to apply the proper security solutions towards securing computers. Trends, from an academic and theoretical standpoint, are covered, which will help the students to understand what new functionality will be appearing in the future. There is also a short introduction, covering how to perform research, to discover current state-of-the-art solutions and future trends.

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 others, using a variety of collaboration tools. Course material will cover the fundamental concepts, standards, importance, function and scope of computer security. Students will need to study and apply security concepts when designing a solution to achieve the goal to secure computers. In order for students to design an appropriate security solution, students will first need to perform some research to gain full knowledge of the state-of-the-art. Students will learn about the role of computer security in the organisational IT infrastructure.

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

Teaching is in English and on the Internet for distance students or on campus for 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. Classes for on-campus students will be held 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 tasks and group tasks, 6 hp (U, G, or VG) 
Written exam, 1.5 hp (U, G, or 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 written exam. 
For the G grade, a student should achieve a grade G in the individual tasks and group tasks, as well as in the written exam.  

Technical requirements: Access to PC with Windows 7, microphone, web cam and permission to install software. Internet connection, minimum 0,5 Mbps.

Christer Åhlund

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Computer Security: Principles and Practice (4th Global Edition)
William Stallings and Lawrie Brown
Hardcover: 800 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited (Jan 18, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1292220619
ISBN-13: 9781292220611

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Individual tasks and group tasksU G VG6.00MandatoryA21
0002Written examU G VG1.50MandatoryA21

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 Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 02 Feb 2021

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 17 Feb 2021