CSIS340: Studies in Information Security

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

This course introduces the basic issues and principles of information system security such as security policies, their mechanisms of implementation, means attackers use to circumvent these protections, and defenses against these attackers.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


As information systems are used in more aspects of our society, the danger of malicious and criminal data usage increases. The student ought to be aware of the personal and business risks associated with computer use. It is important for the student to understand how to employ prudent safeguards against these threats.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will answer questions in response to the provided prompt. The student must submit a thread of at least 250 words that completely answers the question(s) for each forum. In addition to the thread, the student must also reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. The student must use complete paragraphs, use current APA formatting, and cite information that is not his/her own.

Project Assignments (2)

Each Project Assignment must follow current APA formatting guidelines. Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete quizzes in modules 1, 2, 5 and 6 in this course. Each quiz will cover the content from the weekly reading, presentation, discussion and topics covered. The quizzes will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions. You will have 1 hour to complete each. Each quiz is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the Module: Week in which it is assigned.

Exams (2)

The Midterm and Final Exams will cover the Learn material for the assigned modules. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, consist of 50 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1 ½ -hour time limit.

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