MIS20100 Cybersecurity in Society

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module introduces the cybersecurity industry and its technology. Through numerous case studies, simulations, and real-world examples, students will learn how to contextualize and problematize the rise of cybersecurity in society, apply risk management strategies, and gain experience strategizing defensive measures and attack responses in public and private organizations. Designed for future Chief Information Officers, Chief Security Officers, IT managers, and humanities and social science scholars alike, students learn how to understand, evaluate, and critically respond to this fast-growing industry and technology landscape. This module adopts a broad and non-technical view of cybersecurity and explores novel and emerging applications of cryptographic technologies (e.g., decentralized autonomous corporations and self-sovereign identities), hacking and cybercrime, advanced persistent threats, corporate espionage, and digital and corporate governance. The course approach is multidisciplinary and cuts across business, history, criminology, political science, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and philosophy. Readings and course activities are non-technical and do not require a prior technology background.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
• Choose and apply cybersecurity frameworks
• Explain how encryption and authentication works and how attacks are mitigated
• Evaluate the impact of cybersecurity technologies on society
• Describe and theorize the recent history of information security
• Identify and evaluate criteria for cybersecurity technology procurement and implementation
• Summarize and visualize cryptographically-secure governance, identity, and management technologies
• Debate ethical and social values for emerging technologies, surveillance, and privacy
• Make use of and develop novel research methods
• Practice teamwork and leadership skills

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will independently read and assess assigned materials and engage case studies. Students will work collectively in groups outside of the classroom. Within the classroom students will actively engage lectures and work collaboratively and individually in active-learning exercises. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: (1) Individual assignment: 10%
(1) Group assignment: 10%
(10) Classroom quizzes: 30%
(1) In-class exam: 40%
Classroom participation: 10%
Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback provided directly for individual assignment, collectively for group assignment. Quizzes and exams will be marked and you will receive feedback individually.

Name Role
Dr Quinn Dupont Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Stefan Schellhammer Subject Extern Examiner