Module title: Information - Society and Security

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: INF10101
Module leader: Jyoti Bhardwaj
School School of Computing
Subject area group: Creative and Social Informatics


2019/0, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sharon Nairn
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching comprises a blend of lectures and tutorials that cover all Learning Outcomes.

Tutorials include conventional discussion-based sessions, ethical case study analysis and practical exercises.

Formative Assessment:
Tutorial/practical sessions are used to provide formative feedback for students on the module. During these sessions, module tutors assess and evaluate student performance on tasks relevant to the summative assessment, providing timely feedback which supports the development of students’ capabilities.

Summative Assessment:
Coursework is based on an extended case study allowing different security-centred themes to be evaluated and applied in a realistic context. Theoretical understanding will require to be demonstrated and applied to the specific case study, with questions aligned to LOs 1, 2 and 3. A detailed marking rubric made available to students will allow extensive formative feedback. General formative feedback will also be given during the tutorials.

The examination covers LOs 1,4 and 5 and will be based on the legal, social and ethical aspects of the course taught in tutorials, lectures and recommended independent study.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1,2,3 8 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 02.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module addresses the issues that have arisen as a result of the pervasive nature of information technology. Topics covered include:
• The nature of information security
• The use of threat, attack and defence modelling in securing systems
• Risk management and incident handling
• Issues in designing and implementing security policies
• Computer law: national and international, covering privacy, data protection, and computer misuse
• Social impacts of computing: globalisation, social and global impacts of technology on society and democracy
• Ethical and moral considerations: personal and professional ethics
• Professionalism and the BCS and IEEE codes of conduct.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Evaluate technical and organisation threats to information systems and data.
LO2: Critically evaluate the role of security policies for an information system in an operational context.
LO3: Propose appropriate security counter measures for a specified threat.
LO4: Demonstrate understanding of the legal and professional obligations on computer professionals.
LO5: Discuss the moral and ethical issues relating to information technology.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Information - Society and Security