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Undergraduate course

Software Security

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeINF226
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


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.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The student

  • 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.

The student

  • 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.

General competence
The student

  • 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

Recommended Previous Knowledge

INF101, INF102, INF112, INF115.

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.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact studieveileder@ii.uib.no

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.

Contact Information

Student adviser:

mailto:studieveileder@ii.uib.no">Student adviser

T: 55 58 42 00

Exam information

  • 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

    23.02.2023, 09:00
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination result announcement
    Examination system
    Digital exam