Overview of Computer Security – CSCI 501

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course surveys major topics in Computer and Network Security.


Admission into Program


As more and more societal elementssuch as government and the national economy rely on computersystems,the importances of protecting these systems has increasinglybecome a high priority fromsenior level executives, regulators, and professional organizations.In addition, malwarethat is capable of compromisingsystems and software, causing great harmis readilyand widely available. To address the rising tide of computer related crimes, colleges, universities, industry and government are actively taking steps to strengthen workforce skills in computer and network security.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of planning, management, policies, procedures, and personnel in protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.
  2. Examine the nature of specific threats, such as malicious code, network attacks, and hostile content.
  3. Apply the techniques and methodologies of widely used countermeasures such as access control mechanisms, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems.
  4. Integrate biblical principles within the field of computer security.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least300words and demonstrate course-related knowledge.In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150words. All assertions in your thread and replies must be supported by Reading &Study materials, good examples, thoughtful analysis, and at least 2 scholarly resources.

Labs (9)

The student will complete labs associated with the course material. Each lab will have specific instructions for tasks, along with deliverables, to be completed in the virtual lab environment.

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Reading &Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 8 multiple-choice and 2 short answer questions, and have a 20-minute time limit.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will cover the Reading & Study material for Modules/Weeks 1–4. The Midterm Exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 46multiple-choice and 4 short answer questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will cover all the Reading & Study material for the course. The Final Exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 46 multiple-choice and 4 short answer questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.