Cyber Security Research Skills - COM00097M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Angus Marshall
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

The aims of the module are: to familiarise the student with the mechanics of how cyber-security research gets published; to develop analytical, communication, and organisational skills needed to participate in conference programme committees; to develop precis and presentation skills; to provide an introduction to how research funding is secured.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student will understand:

  • the role and nature of critical feedback when reviewing scientific literature submitted for peer review, including how to give such feedback"

  • how to communicate cybersecurity issues to a variety of audiences, including security experts and the general public

  • how to write and evaluate business cases and funding proposals for a range of purposes


Task Length % of module mark
Project Proposal
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

The assessment will be a multi-element project proposal testing the 3 learning outcomes. Students will be asked to prepare a research grant or business case, including a literature review - which may include review of previously successful and unsuccessful project bids, which could be used to obtain funding for a project of relevance within the Cyber Security domain. Included in this will be a requirement to communicate key elements and messages to both practitioners and the wider public, either in writing or via an appropriate alternative medium - such as a short video or podcast suitable for use on a research council web site.


Task Length % of module mark
Project Proposal
N/A 100

Module feedback

Within the standard timescale through written feedback provided via the online system.

Indicative reading

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