Cyber Security Individual Project - COM00098M

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jeremy Jacob
  • Credit value: 100 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

The aims of this ISM module are to:

  • provide a culmination of taught material, in a substantial ISM
  • provide an introduction to independent research in an engineering context
  • support synthesis and application of material from the taught degree course
  • demonstrate an appreciation of engineering and/or scientific methods and techniques, through coverage, as appropriate, of requirements, specification, design, implementation and evaluation (an engineering "lifecycle") for a secure implementation-oriented project, or a scientific lifecycle (hypothesis generation, experimental design, implementation and evaluation etc.) for a more experimentally-oriented project, or other appropriate systematic and rigorous approach depending on the problem.

Module learning outcomes

Specifically, the student should be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate that they have acquired specialisation in a particular part of the subject area, including enhanced or new technical skills that build on taught theory. Examined in the overall project report.
  • Demonstrate that they have acquired suitable skills to undertake a substantial cyber-security project. Examined in the overall project report.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legal, ethical, social, professional and commercial issues involved in the project.
  • Demonstrate that they have engaged in research and critical understanding of advanced scholarship in their chosen area. Examined in the project report literature review and evaluation.
  • Contribute in an original way to an established area of research or development, demonstrating understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge. Examined in the overall project report. The project report must present some original (and relevant) contribution. It may present a new approach to a known problem, or an existing approach applied to a new class of problems. It may present a new analysis or critique of well-known work. It may devise a new method, or extend an existing method into new areas. The student should be able to clearly identify what is new and to evaluate the contribution made.
  • Formulate a moderate sized problem, to select and justify an appropriate approach, and to follow the approach systematically. Examined in the project report.
  • Recognise alternatives, selecting and justifying the approach taken at each point in the report, identifying parts of the project area that are feasible within the time (etc) constraints of the project. Examined in the project report.
  • Prepare a written report on the work done, according to the defined criteria, aiming for a standard that would be acceptable for wider publication. In particular, the student should be able to prepare a report, the structure and presentation of which is uncontentious, and in which the referencing is of publishable academic standard. The report must demonstrate critical abilities and evaluation of work done and methods applied.
  • Prepare a written precis of the work in a recognised academic paper format.


Task Length % of module mark
Dissertation & Precis paper
N/A 100

Special assessment rules




Module feedback

Feedback on project draft (when submitted to supervisor in a timely manner).
Written feedback after written project report submitted

Indicative reading

*** Dawson, C. W Projects in Computing and Information Systems. Addison-Wesley 2005
*** Gowers, E. The complete plain words. Penguin 1987
*** Kopka, H and Daly, P.W. A guide to LATEX : document preparation for beginners and advanced users, 3rd edn. Addison-Wesley 1999
*** Zobel, J. Writing for computer science, 2nd edn. Springer 2004




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