BCC - Spring 2010 Syllabus
Course Name : CIT-18
Course Description : Security Awareness
Instructor : Igor Kholodov Igor.Kholodov@bristolcc.edu
Office : K211
Telephone: 508-678-2811 ext. 3328
URL of this file: http://www.c-jump.com/CIT18/CIT18syllabus.htm

CIT-18 Security Awareness

Catalog Description

This course introduces students to security and data confidentiality. The course presents a broad overview to help the student become more aware of computer security. Topics include securing data, confidentiality, integrity of data, password policies, and issues related to liability. One hour of lecture per week.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

Required Text

Introduction to Computing Systems

Security Awareness, 3rd edition
by Mark Ciampa, Course Technology
ISBN-10: 1435454146
ISBN: 978-1435454149
Published June 2009

Course Format

This is a lecture course in which topics are presented by the instructor and are designed to promote classroom discussions.

Whenever possible, students will be given active learning exercises for both in and out of class.

Each student will also be asked to prepare a midterm paper on a security-related concept. (The topic must be pre-approved by the instructor.)

The class syllabus, assigned readings, and the class exercises and project details will all be available from the class Web page.

Late assignments will have five points deducted from its grade for each day late. Projects more than 1 week late will NOT be accepted.

Class Participation

Be sure to do the required reading and assignments before attending class. You cannot successfully enter into discussion without some understanding of the material.

Attendance and lateness: After two absences, a student may be withdrawn from the course. After one warning about lateness and/or absences, your final grade will be lowered ten points for each day the student is late or absent from that point. In Case You Are Late or Absent, it is your responsibility to get the course notes.

Evaluation and Grading

There will be a one-hour final exam at the end of the course. To receive a passing grade, you must:

Weights for Final Grade Determination

Attendance & Class Participation 10%
Homework Assignments 20%
In-class Projects 20%
Midterm Paper 25%
Final Examination 25%

Written assignments will be graded using the following system:

Appearance 25%
Content 25%
Accuracy 25%
English 25%

Final Grades will be assigned as follows:

97 - 100 A+
94 - 96 A
90 - 93 A-
87 - 89 B+
84 - 86 B
80 - 83 B-
77 - 79 C+
74 - 76 C
70 - 73 C-
60 - 69 D
Below 60 F


Attendance is mandatory. The instructor reserves the right to withdraw you from the class after three (3) absences.

If you choose to withdraw from the class it is your responsibility to withdraw formally from the class prior to the final withdrawal date. Failure to do so will result in an "F" grade for the course.

Office Hours

Office Hours will be posted and appointments can be arranged via e-mail or during class breaks.

Course Outline

Chapter 1: Introduction to Security

Common security misconceptions

Chapter 2: Desktop Security

Chapter 3: Internet Security

Chapter 4: Personal Security

Basic Security Principles

Chapter 5: Network Security

Chapter 6: Enterprise Security and Ethics

Enterprise Policy Basic Rules

Final Exam


Plagiarism is not tolerated. Students are expected to take this course to learn, and you cannot learn unless you do the required homework assignments and turn in your own work for credit. Students who violate this rule may receive a penalty of the next lower letter grade or "F" for the course.

Note: This syllabus is a suggested course outline and will be generally followed, subject to change according to the instructor's discretion and needs. Academic flexibility is important.