School of Computing Short Learning Programmes (SLPs)

introduction to information security (70610)

The aim of this course is to equip learners with a sound knowledge of the underlying principles of information security and to provide them with the skills needed to analyse and evaluate information security problems.

Target group
This course provides a sound and proper foundation for people with little or no Information Security background.

Admission requirements
Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification. Students must be computer-literate and familiar with the Microsoft Windows environment, access to the Internet is a necessity.

Semester course

Language medium

Registration periods
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Tuition method
UNISA open distance learning with a text book and additional material: students will be expected to cover the work by working through the prescribed text book and additional material; tutorial letters: the lecturers will provide additional tutorial matter necessary to aid understanding of the course content; assignments: students will be required to complete assignments which will form an inherent part of their preparation for the examination; telephone and e-mail support: this will be the preferred means of communication; the internet: it will provide an additional way of communicating to the lecturers and submitting assignments

Kind of assessment
Note: Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies
Formative assessment: Assignments
Summative assessment: Two-hour written examination

Introduction to Information Security (CSIS1DF)
HEQF Level of Module - 5
Credits of Module - 12

Syllabus/Course Content
This course covers an introduction to the following Information Security issues:

•Security In General
•Information Security
•Password Security
•Virus Awareness
•Data Storage & Backup
•Computer Ethics
•Office Discipline
•Hardware Security
•Social Engineering
•Security in the Banking Environment
•Malicious software 
•Fraud schemes
•Illegal activities 
•Preventative measures
•An Overview of Information Security Plan
•The 5 pillars of Information Security 

Course Fee
The fee for this course is R4200.00 (full course fees payable on registration).

Study package
Included: The course fees include all study material. 

Programme administrator(s)

Ms Pertunia Masalesa
School of Computing
GJ Gerwel Building, Floor 3, Office 05
Tel: 011 670 9139/9189

Fax: 011 670 9174/9274