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Unit information: Cybersecurity Project Preparation in 2022/23

Unit name Cybersecurity Project Preparation
Unit code MATHM0031
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Johnson
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

MATH11300 Probability 1, MATH11400 Statistics 1 and MATH20800 Statistics 2

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Unit Information

This unit aims to facilitate the transition from taught lecture and practical material to the project phase, which requires a greater level of originality and independence. It takes the form of group meetings with the project supervisor, to discuss relevant background research papers for the project and to plan the structure of the project itself. This will be supplemented by research skills seminars, some delivered by external facilitators and industry, to cover topics such as project management, version control, plagiarism and technical writing, as well as wider issues surrounding cybersecurity such as data privacy, ethics and legal frameworks. These seminars will include student-moderated group discussions.

Your learning on this unit

ILO1: Ability to synthesise appropriate mathematical models, tools and techniques from taught units for a specific applied problem.

ILO2: To employ collaborative project planning and management tools, and understand wider issues around plagiarism etc.

ILO3: Ability to synthesise and appraise relevant results and techniques from research papers and seminars.

How you will learn

Each project group will have a 1 hour biweekly meeting (6 hours total) with supervisor. Each group member will be expected to give a 15 minute presentation about a relevant research paper from the literature during one of these meetings.

Weekly 1 hour research skills seminars (12 hours total)

How you will be assessed

50% of the marks to be awarded to each group for a 2000 word collectively-written summary of the relevant project literature and project plan (with input from the supervisor).

20% of the marks to be awarded individually for verbal presentation of research paper.

30% of the marks to be awarded individually for participation in research skills seminars (asking questions, appropriate moderation and participation in discussions).


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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