INFS4907 Managing Security and Ethics in Cyberspace - 2020

Term 2
6 Units of Credit
Info Systems & Tech Mgmt
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1. Course Details

Summary of Course

​This is a Level 4 Information Systems (IS) course that builds students' awareness and knowledge of IS/IT security related issues occurring in cyberspace. It has a specific emphasis on the need for ethical viewpoints, approaches, and practices from a management perspective when addressing the multidimensional challenges and solutions posed by the IS/IT related security problems. The class will be conducted in a semi-formal workshop fashion. Using business cases and scenarios addressing various cyberspace issues, students will analyse the ethical and related implications these issues pose to stakeholders. They will learn to manage cyber-related security issues responsibly. In some situations, they may encounter dilemmas which require a careful balance in the way decisions are made.

Teaching Times and Locations

Please note that teaching times and locations are subject to change. Students are strongly advised to refer to the Class Timetable website for the most up-to-date teaching times and locations.

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Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

​This course aims to review concepts, theory, methodologies and techniques discussed in the IS security and ethics literature. In particular, it emphasises the importance of planning, managing decision making in IS security using ethical and related considerations.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) are what you should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course, if you participate fully in learning activities and successfully complete the assessment items.

CLOs also contribute to your achievement of the Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs), which are developed across the duration of a program for all coursework students in the Business School. More information on PLOs is available under Policies and Support. PLOs are, in turn, directly linked to UNSW graduate capabilities and the aspiration to develop “globally focussed graduates who are rigorous scholars, capable of leadership and professional practice in an international community”.

The following table shows how the CLOs for this course relate to the overall PLOs and indicates where each CLO and PLO is assessed:

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Title Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Lecturer-in-chargeDrLesley LandQUAD 2099A+61 02 93854738Wed 1-3pm - online consultation

​The recommended mode of contact is by email to

All consultations will be booked as a Zoom, or Microsoft Team session. The priority is the Wed 1-3pm slot. If inconvenient, another time can be organised by email to

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

​3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

​This course is developed and delivered within the context of the following learning and teaching philosophy.

In addition to students learning the fundamental content of the course, the content is designed to foster critical thinking and to facilitate the acquisition of life-long learning skills. The course and its delivery are designed with a view to assisting the development of problem solving skills. The role of the lecturer/tutor of a course is to facilitate learning. It is recognised that students are individuals who bring a diverse range of experiences, interests and abilities and that these aspects of the student will influence their own learning. The responsibility for learning lies with the student. The role of the lecturer/tutor then, is to provide the environment within which students can participate and contribute, interact and experiment while adding to their own skills and knowledge. An important element of such an environment is that students are encouraged to engage in cooperative learning in an enjoyable setting.

Within the context of this philosophy, students will be encouraged to submit weekly preparation from weeks 2-9, and finally consolidate 5 out of 8 topics from these weekly preparations in a reflections report. It is essential that students use the lecture slides as a focus of the learning and extend these notes by engaging in research related to the topics covered in the lectures. One of the interesting aspects of information and communication technology studies is that there is rarely, if ever, one irrefutable correct answer to a problem – often the only answer is ‘depends’. Students are encouraged to investigate and explore the contexts within which certain courses of action are preferable to others and to consider the situation where the best technical solution may not necessarily be the best solution given the constraints of the case at hand.

Accordingly, assessment is weighted toward informed, reasoned and well-argued personal opinion based on the contextual factors and constraints presented in the various scenarios and is consequently, not based on the acquisition of knowledge alone.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

​Learning takes many different forms within this course. The course has a number of topics which are addressed across the ten weeks of the course. Each topic involves a set of required readings (including the reference textbook, case studies, and/or papers). Each class will be conducted online with a set of lecture slides. Students would benefit most from these sessions if they come prepared with the assigned readings and/or preparation. In addition to the textbook and provided slides which form the backbone of the course, case studies which are built on realistic business situations, form an important avenue for helping students grasp with decision making on a variety of IS security issues and they also provide illustrations of specific outcomes within the context. Students will have an opportunity to realise the complexity of the real business environment and hence gain some knowledge on the different ways to tackle business scenarios via discussions. Other materials used in the course include research articles (for informing about the latest research findings in the area), and media articles (for informing about the latest security incidences such as security breaches or changes in security policies/standards). The examination and assessments will assume you are familiar with any of these materials highlighted during the course.

5. Course Resources

​The website for this course is on Moodle at:

All workshop slides and materials will be found on the course website. If only references to papers are provided, you should be able to find the papers in the online UNSW library.

The recommended reference textbook which should be available in the UNSW bookshop is:

Michael Whitman and Herbert Mattord (2018). Management of Information Security, 6th edition, Cengage Learning, Boston, MA, USA.

It is not mandatory to purchase the above text, however if you can get your hands on an edition (including older editions), that would be helpful in filling in the gaps in the lecture slides.

6. Course Evaluation & Development

Feedback is regularly sought from students and continual improvements are made based on this feedback. At the end of this course, you will be asked to complete the myExperience survey, which provides a key source of student evaluative feedback. Your input into this quality enhancement process is extremely valuable in assisting us to meet the needs of our students and provide an effective and enriching learning experience. The results of all surveys are carefully considered and do lead to action towards enhancing educational quality.

​Feedback is regularly sought from students and continual improvements are made based on this feedback. At the end of this course, you will be asked to complete the myExperience survey, which provides a key source of student evaluative feedback. Your input into this quality enhancement process is extremely valuable in assisting us to meet the needs of our students and provide an effective and enriching learning experience. The results of all surveys are carefully considered and do lead to action towards enhancing educational quality.

Feedback from previous students indicated that the real life project is an excellent learning tool; and that group work needs more attention. As a result of this feedback, we have retained our mission to find and engage exciting real life clients, and added an informal peer evaluation in the middle of the term. In making these changes and maintaining the outstanding aspects of the course we aim to maintain the quality experience offered by this course and we strive to make this one of your most memorable experiences of your undergraduate degree.

If at any time you have any concerns with your progress or any aspects of the course, please feel free to contact me to discuss your concerns.

7. Course Schedule

Note: for more information on the UNSW academic calendar and key dates including study period, exam, supplementary exam and result release, please visit:
Week Activity Topic Assessment/Other
Week 1: 1 JuneLecture

Introduction to Ethics and IS Security

Case Studies – illustrating why ethics is important for IS security

Week 2: 8 JuneLecture

Introduction to IS Security Risk Management (RM)

Example of identifying risks in a business setting

W2 Preparation due

Week 3: 15 JuneLecture

Ethical Business and Ethics Concepts

ACS Code of Ethics sample

Work on individual assignment

Week 4: 22 JuneLecture

RM - identifyand assessing risks

Choosing Risk Assessment

W4 exercise due

Work on individual assignment

Week 5: 29 JuneLecture

RM - Controlling Risks

Examples of risk controls for different breaches and how choices differ with different ethical decisions

Individual assignment due

Week 6 (flexible week): 6 Augustself-study

Ethical Decision Making - continue from Week 2

ACS Code of Ethics and Ethical dilemmas

Work on group assignment

Week 7: 13 AugustLecture

IS Security Policy

Personnel and Security Investigations

Examples of policies

Work on group assignment

W7 exercise due

Week 8: 20 AugustLecture

Protection mechanisms

Examples of mechanisms

Work on group assignment

Week 9: 27 AugustLecture

Introduction to Contingency Planning

Example plans

W9 exercise due

Work on group assignment

Week 10: 3 SeptemberLecture

Emerging Trends

Exam Details

Due on Wed 6pm:

- Group Assignment report

- Video group presentation

- Peer review


Week 11 (no class): 10 September 2020Assignment due

Reflections Report due on Wed 6pm

8. Policies and Support

Information about UNSW Business School protocols, University policies, student responsibilities and education quality and support.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Business School places knowledge and capabilities at the core of its curriculum via seven Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). These PLOs are systematically embedded and developed across the duration of all coursework programs in the Business School.

PLOs embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program. They articulate what you should know and be able to do upon successful completion of your degree.

Upon graduation, you should have a high level of specialised business knowledge and capacity for responsible business thinking, underpinned by ethical professional practice. You should be able to harness, manage and communicate business information effectively and work collaboratively with others. You should be an experienced problem-solver and critical thinker, with a global perspective, cultural competence and the potential for innovative leadership.

All UNSW programs and courses are designed to assess the attainment of program and/or course level learning outcomes, as required by the UNSW Assessment Design Procedure. It is important that you become familiar with the Business School PLOs, as they constitute the framework which informs and shapes the components and assessments of the courses within your program of study.

PLO 1: Business knowledge

Students will make informed and effective selection and application of knowledge in a discipline or profession, in the contexts of local and global business.

PLO 2: Problem solving

Students will define and address business problems, and propose effective evidence-based solutions, through the application of rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

PLO 3: Business communication

Students will harness, manage and communicate business information effectively using multiple forms of communication across different channels.

PLO 4: Teamwork

Students will interact and collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose or fulfil a common business project, and reflect critically on the process and the outcomes.

PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Students will develop and be committed to responsible business thinking and approaches, which are underpinned by ethical professional practice and sustainability considerations.

PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

Students will be aware of business systems in the wider world and actively committed to recognise and respect the cultural norms, beliefs and values of others, and will apply this knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

PLO 7: Leadership development

Students will develop the capacity to take initiative, encourage forward thinking and bring about innovation, while effectively influencing others to achieve desired results.

These PLOs relate to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  Separate PLOs for honours and postgraduate research programs are included under 'Related Documents'.

Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Outcomes.



UNSW Graduate Capabilities

The Business School PLOs also incorporate UNSW graduate capabilities, a set of generic abilities and skills that all students are expected to achieve by graduation. These capabilities articulate the University’s institutional values, as well as future employer expectations.

UNSW Graduate CapabilitiesBusiness School PLOs
Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Professionals capable of ethical, self-directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

While our programs are designed to provide coverage of all PLOs and graduate capabilities, they also provide you with a great deal of choice and flexibility.  The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against the seven PLOs and four graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You can use a portfolio as evidence in employment applications as well as a reference for work or further study. For support with selecting your courses contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies.

The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.


UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship.

Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

  • Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time
  • Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own
  • Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it
  • Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz:


The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the 'Working with Academic Integrity' self-paced lessons available at:

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: For information on student conduct see:

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.

Student Responsibilities and Conduct

​Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university policies in relation to class attendance and general conduct and behaviour, including maintaining a safe, respectful environment; and to understand their obligations in relation to workload, assessment and keeping informed.

Information and policies on these topics can be found on the 'Managing your Program' website.


It is expected that you will spend at least ten to twelve hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of twenty to twenty four hours. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, online activities and attending classes. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into account when planning how to balance study with employment and other activities.

We strongly encourage you to connect with your Moodle course websites in the first week of semester. Local and international research indicates that students who engage early and often with their course website are more likely to pass their course.

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Your regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars or in online learning activities is expected in this course. The Business School reserves the right to refuse final assessment to those students who attend less than 80% of scheduled classes where attendance and participation is required as part of the learning process (e.g., tutorials, flipped classroom sessions, seminars, labs, etc.).

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General Conduct and Behaviour

You are expected to conduct yourself with consideration and respect for the needs of your fellow students and teaching staff. Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class, such as ringing or talking on mobile phones, is not acceptable and students may be asked to leave the class.

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Health and Safety

UNSW Policy requires each person to work safely and responsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.

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Keeping Informed

You should take note of all announcements made in lectures, tutorials or on the course web site. From time to time, the University will send important announcements to your university e-mail address without providing you with a paper copy. You will be deemed to have received this information. It is also your responsibility to keep the University informed of all changes to your contact details.

Student Support and Resources

​The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services and resources for students, including:

Business School EQS Consultation Program
The Consultation Program offers academic writing, literacy and numeracy consultations, study skills, exam preparation for Business students. Services include workshops, online resources, individual and group consultations. 
Level 1, Room 1035, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 4508

Communication Resources
The Business School Communication and Academic Support programs provide online modules, communication workshops and additional online resources to assist you in developing your academic writing.

Business School Student Centre
The Business School Student Centre provides advice and direction on all aspects of admission, enrolment and graduation.
Level 1, Room 1028 in the Quadrangle Building
02 9385 3189

UNSW Learning & Careers Hub
The UNSW Learning & Careers Hub provides academic skills and careers support services—including workshops, individual consultations and a range of online resources—for all UNSW students. See their website for details.
Lower Ground Floor, North Wing Chancellery Building.
02 9385 2060

Student Support Advisors
Student Support Advisors work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to succeed at university, whilst also providing personal support throughout the process.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
02 9385 4734

International Student Support
The International Student Experience Unit (ISEU) is the first point of contact for international students. ISEU staff are always here to help with personalised advice and information about all aspects of university life and life in Australia.
Advisors can support you with your student visa, health and wellbeing, making friends, accommodation and academic performance.
02 9385 4734

Equitable Learning Services
Equitable Learning Services (formerly Disability Support Services) is a free and confidential service that provides practical support to ensure that your health condition doesn't adversely affect your studies. Register with the service to receive educational adjustments.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
02 9385 4734

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services
Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling.
Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 5418

Library services and facilities for students
The UNSW Library offers a range of collections, services and facilities both on-campus and online.
Main Library, F21.
02 9385 2650

Moodle eLearning Support
Moodle is the University’s learning management system. You should ensure that you log into Moodle regularly.
02 9385 3331

UNSW IT provides support and services for students such as password access, email services, wireless services and technical support.
UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor).
02 9385 1333

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