Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The course goal is to give an overview of the concepts of Information and Computer Security, with an emphasis on fundamental security properties, vulnerabilities, threats, and mechanisms for securing ICT systems.



  • Security properties, tools, and terminology
  • User Authentication, methods, and principles
  • Access Control, principles, and the role of access control

Computer Security:

In particular, malicious software: types, propagation, together with technical, organisational, and behavioural countermeasures.

Network Security:

In particular, the Internet, network-based attack, and an overview of countermeasures to network-based attacks.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student must have the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student can

  • describe fundamental security principles and practices
  • describe threats to digital systems and their potential damage


The student can

  • identify possible threats to a digital system
  • identify countermeasures to these threats

General competence

The student can participate in a conversation about security practices with other students

ECTS Credits

2,5 ECTS

Level of Study

Bachelor, undergraduate course

Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Reduction 2,5 ECTS to following courses: INF140, INF624 and DIGI112
Access to the Course
Entry to this course requires admission through UiB Videre
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching methods are organized as online teaching and digital learning resources.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Assessment in this course is carried out through compulsory quizzes and/or assignments on key topics. Compulsory quiz and activities are only valid for 1 semester (i.e. the teaching semester).
Forms of Assessment
The course is passed when all the obligatory work is completed and approved by the course instructor.
Grading Scale
Bestått/ikkje bestått
Assessment Semester
Examination only in the teaching 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 a2024ccordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee for computer science 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 Studierettleiar@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.