Level of Study
Objectives and Content
The course gives an overview of security issues for software, and provides programming methods for the development of secure applications.
The main focus of the course are programming techniques for the development of safe and secure applications.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- understands security issues relating to system development,
- knows software development techniques to avoid security problems,
- can explain the most common weaknesses in software security and how such problems can be mitigated in software,
- can identify common security threats, risks, and attack vectors for software systems, and
- knows best practices to defend software systems.
- can use tools to discover security problems in software,
- masters, theoretically and practically, programming techniques to develop secure, safe, reliable, and robust systems, and
- can assess the security of given source code or application.
- has insight into relevant academic and professional ethical issues,
- can plan and carry out varied assignments and projects for secure software,
- can develop critical thinking about secure software,
- can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and terminology of the academic field, both in writing and orally, as well as using other relevant forms of communication, and
- can exchange opinions with other professionals and participate in developing best practices for secure software.
Required Previous Knowledge
For incoming exchange students: At least 60 ECTS in Computer Science and at least 10 ECTS in mathematics
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Teaching and learning methods
During the whole semester: two double lectures and one workshop per week.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Compulsory assignments. The assignments are valid two semesters: the semester when they are approved and the succeeding semester.
Forms of Assessment
3 hours written exam. Compulsory exercises may count towards the final grade. If convenient, the examination will be oral.
The following changes is made to assessment autumn semester 2021.
- Written home examination instead of written examination on campus
Examination Support Material
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact Student adviser
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Student adviser
T: 55 58 42 00
For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.
Type of assessment: Written examination
- 02.03.2022, 09:00
- 3 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam