COSC421-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Advanced Topics in Security

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


This course will cover the wide-ranging issues on advanced topics in computer, network, and systems security. Students will learn from security fundamentals to advanced topics in security.

This course is intended for honours and graduate students, researchers, and practitioners interested in the wide-ranging issues on advanced topics in cyber security. The course covers emerging cyber security issues in general, from computer and network security fundamentals to advanced security and privacy issues, which are mostly not covered in the COSC362. The course introduces new security and privacy threats to diverse systems and their countermeasures.

The topics (which are subject to change while the course progresses) studied in this course will include:
· Security for Wireless Sensor Networks/Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID)/Internet of Things (IoT)
· Security for Cloud computing
· Advanced Security Modelling and Analysis
· Security for Critical Infrastructures (including Smart Grid, Industrial Control Systems)
· Security issues in other emerging areas.

Lecturers: Ray Hunt will be the lecturer for the first half of the course and Malcolm Shore for the second half.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
·  understand and explain the concept of security fundamentals.
·  summarize and describe the security and privacy issues for the above listed topics.
·  derive and enumerate best practices in those areas.
·  apply the existing security techniques to emerging systems and networks.
·  critique and evaluate related recent research papers.
·  create mathematical models to evaluate security techniques.
·  generate new ideas on security schemes/protocols/design/implementation and write a scientific report.


(1) COSC362 and (2) subject to approval by the Head of Department

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 260 18 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
01-P2 Friday 13:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 239 1 Apr - 7 Apr

Course Coordinator

Richard Green


Ray Hunt

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

Assessment: 60% Assignments, 40% Final Exam

Grade moderation

The Computer Science department's grading policy states that in order to pass a course you must meet two requirements:
1. You must achieve an average grade of at least 50% over all assessment items.
2. You must achieve an average mark of at least 45% on invigilated assessment items.
If you satisfy both these criteria, your grade will be determined by the following University- wide scale for converting marks to grades: an average mark of 50% is sufficient for a C- grade, an average mark of 55% earns a C grade, 60% earns a B- grade and so forth. However if you do not satisfy both the passing criteria you will be given either a D or E grade depending on marks. Marks are sometimes scaled to achieve consistency between courses from year to year.

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.

Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website within five days of the assessment.

Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Department and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.

Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,002.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering.

All COSC421 Occurrences

  • COSC421-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019