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Security Fundamentals


The aim of this module is to provide students fundamentals of security, including general security architecture and principles of secure design, cryptography, and system threats and vulnerabilities.  This module also introduces security issues of data, network and software development that affect the ICT systems. 

In addition, general ethical and legal issues and general organisational operations of secure systems are also provided to give students an overview of operating secure systems. 

Undertaking this module will develop a range of graduate attributes.  Knowledge and understanding of behind the principles and techniques used to secure the data and information for current and future applications.  Tracking, reviewing and offering most up-to-date scientific literature will develop analytical approach and presentation skills.  The module will emphasis on various innovative research and development techniques in Information.  Security and focus on developing innovative and analytical research thinking and consideration of ethical issues.

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the general architecture of the secure systems and designing principles of security, including the legal and ethical issues
  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of basic computers and operating systems as well as knowledge of networking fundamentals including the OSI model
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the weaknesses and vulnerability of systems and access control to these systems
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of algorithms in cryptography
  • Effectively apply security measures to protect data, networks and software


This is an SCQF Level 7 module and upon successful completion, participants will be awarded 20 credits.



The module will be delivered at Lanarkshire campus, times to be confirmed.


Course presenter

This module will be delivered by Dr Raman Singh.


NOTE: This is a university module and upon approval of your application, you will be invited to register and then supported to complete enrolment. To enrol on the university system, the first step involves security set-up using the Microsoft Authenticator app; you will need to ensure that you have a compatible smartphone.

Further information is available at the Student Information Portal.

To access this module via the CPD route, individuals should be ordinarily resident in Scotland.  If you do not meet this criteria, please enquire here.

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