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2022/2023  BA-BINTV2008U  Internet and Cybersecurity

English Title
Internet and Cybersecurity

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Tawfiq Alashoor - Department of Digitalisation
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 11-05-2022

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Learning objectives
Upon completion of the course, the student
  • understands the components of the Internet and the 5 layer model of computer networking.
  • understands basic cryptographic principles and can demonstrate their practical application.
  • understands security and privacy issues faced by individuals and organizations, and possible countermeasures.
  • understands security and privacy policies and how to develop them
  • Knows the role of law and ethics within the security and privacy domain
Course prerequisites
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see section 13 of the Programme Regulations): 2
Compulsory home assignments
The students have get 2 out of 3 assignments approved.
Each assignment is 3-5 pages. there are one individual assignment and two assignments written in groups.

There will not be any extra attempts provided to the students before the ordinary exam. If a student cannot hand in due to documented illness, or if a student does not get the activity approved in spite of making a real attempt, then the student will be given one extra attempt before the re-exam. Before the re-exam, there will be one home assignment (max. 10 pages) which will cover 2 mandatory assignments.
Internet and Cybersecurity:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 2 weeks to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Individuals and organizations in the modern society depend on computer networks – the so-called Internet. But with this dependency comes vulnerabilities from failures, threats and attacks, and the potential for loss or misappropriation of important data.

            This course provides students with a business background with knowledge and understanding of the Internet and the potential threats to individual and organizational security and privacy in our heavily interconnected IT systems. It also provides the students with knowledge about potential countermeasures and how to apply them.

            The course combines technical and managerial perspectives on cybersecurity and privacy. It covers the structure and functionality of the Internet, basic cryptography, as well as organizational and managerial aspects of information security and privacy.

            The course requires no prior knowledge of IT or computer networks. Technical concepts and terms are introduced with comprehensive explanations and demonstrated with hands-on exercises.

Description of the teaching methods
The first part of the course introduces the basics of computer networks, the technical cybersecurity landscape, cyber threats (e.g., eavesdropping, ransomware, denial-of-service attacks, etc.), and cryptography at a high level. The second part of the course will cover personal and organizational aspects of cyber threats (e.g., social engineering techniques), and countermeasures (e.g., security policy, staffing, access control models, etc.).
The course includes lectures, simulation games, hands-on activities, and case discussions.
Feedback during the teaching period
The following feedback is offered:
• Question and answer sessions during lectures
• Exercises, where the students will get feedback on their work and answers to exercise questions
• Feedback to mandatory assignments
• Individual consultations during office hours.
Student workload
Lectures 30 hours
Exercises 30 hours
Preparation, including mandatory assignments 110 hours
Exam preparation and exam 36 hours
Expected literature

The literature can be changed before the semester starts. Students are advised to find the final literature on Canvas before buying any material.


Kurose, J., and Ross, K. W., (2017). Computer networking : a top-down approach, 7th ed, Pearson. (excerpts)

Last updated on 11-05-2022