Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Security
Sept 2019 EntryProgramme code: 42480
Duration and Credit Requirement
Normally 64 (plus 2 training credits)
The exact credits required for each AD/HD holder will depend on the approved credits transferred.
Dr Bonnie Law
BEng, PhD, SrMIEEE
- The Department of Electronic and Information Engineering offers 3 Bachelor Degree programmes. For students who are also interested in applying for the “Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Internet and Multimedia Technologies” (42477-SY) and “Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic and Information Engineering” (42470-SY) programmes, in addition to Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Security, you should:
- put 2 of these programmes as your 1st and 2nd priority programmes via PolyU eAdmission system on/before the application deadline;
- complete and return the Notification of Interest for 2019/20 Admission form to firstname.lastname@example.org by the application deadline to indicate the 3rd priority programme you wish the Department to consider.
- This programme is jointly offered by the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering and the Department of Computing, Faculty of Engineering of PolyU.
- The curriculum of this programme, including the credit requirements, is subject to review.
- The exact study duration and number of credits to be studied will depend on the entry qualification of individual AD/HD admittees.
- Priority will be given to applicants selecting the programme as their first choice of application.
- Date: 27 November 2018 (Tuesday)
- Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Venue: Room V322, Block V (Jockey Club Innovation Tower), PolyU
Aims and Characteristics
This Programme aims at producing graduates with:
- a wide range of professional knowledge and skills relevant to Information Security,
- creativity and innovation,
- adaptability to changing technology and society, and
- all-rounded attributes.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Intended learning outcomes of programme are the attributes of the graduates who have completed the Programme successfully. These attributes are classified into two broad categories. Category A embraces such attributes as knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes that are related to Information Security. Category B embraces all-roundedness attributes possessed by the graduates to support their further development.
Category A: Professional/Academic Knowledge and Skills
On successful completion of the Programme, students should be able to:
- apply knowledge of mathematics and science appropriate to the discipline of Information Security;
- apply knowledge of Information Security to the abstraction and conceptualisation of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) models;
- analyse an Information Security problem, and identify and define the requirements appropriate to its solution;
- design, implement, and evaluate an Information Security system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, social and environmental considerations; and
- use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for the practices in Information Security with an understanding of the limitations.
Category B: Attributes for All-Roundedness
On successful completion of the Programme, students should be able to:
- function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal;
- have an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities;
- communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
- analyse the local and global impact of Information Security on individuals, organisations, and society; and
- recognise the need for and engage in continuing professional development.
The programme offers a good mix of basic theory, hands-on practice and application examples. In the latter part of Year One, students can make use of the knowledge that they have acquired to conduct an integrated project. During the summer of Year One, students have the opportunity to join an internship programme. In the Final Year, students can focus on selected areas by choosing relevant Electives.
Students can take part in the University's exchange programme through which they study in an overseas institution for one semester. Financial subsidies may be provided by the Faculty of Engineering. The exchange programme provides an excellent opportunity for students to study abroad and broaden their horizons, and allows them to appreciate the cultures of other countries. Very positive experiences have been reported by students who have participated in the programme.
Students must study the following subjects except those who are given credit transfers due to their prior study.
1. General University Requirement (GUR) Subjects (3 credits each, unless indicated otherwise)
a. 6 credits in Cluster-Area Requirement (CAR)
Students should not take more than 3 credits from the same cluster area. They also need to fulfil the English and Chinese reading and writing requirements and 3 credits of the China Studies requirement (CSR). Students may apply for a waiver if they have fulfilled the English and Chinese reading and writing requirements and/or CSR requirement in their previous studies.
b. 3 credits in Service-Learning
c. Language and Communication Requirement (LCR)
Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree Language Communication Requirements (LCR) based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance will be required to take additional credits (6 in English and 3 in Chinese) on top of the programme's normal credit requirements.
2. Discipline-Specific Requirement (DSR)
a. Compulsory Subjects (3 credits each, unless indicated otherwise)
- Computer Systems Principles
- Computer Systems Security
- Data and Computer Communications
- Database Security
- Integrated Project
- Legal Aspects, Professionalism and Ethics of Computing
- Network Technologies and Security
- Number, Combinatorics and Statistics
- Professional Communication in English (2 credits)
- Software Design Principles
- Capstone Project (6 credits)
- Professional Communication in Chinese (2 credits)
- Service and Cloud Computing
- Wireless and Mobile Systems
- 4 Technical Electives
b. Elective Subjects (3 credits each, unless indicated otherwise)
The pool of Technical Electives covers the following areas:
- Biometrics and Security
- Dependable Computing
- Digital Forensics for Crime Investigation
- E-Payment and Cryptocurrency
- Information Systems Audit and Control
- Intellectual Property Protection and Management
- Intrusion Detection and Prevention
- Surveillance Studies and Technologies
c. Practical Training (2 Training Credits)
3. Work-Integrated Education (A minimum of 2 WIE credits)
Four weeks’ of full-time employment for 2 WIE credits
Recognition and Prospects
The programme has been granted provisional accreditation from the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Provisional Accreditation Status enjoys all the rights and privileges that are equivalent to an accreditation status.
The field of ICT offers enormous opportunities in Hong Kong and worldwide, particularly in information security. Corporations recruit ICT professionals to support their businesses by deploying new technologies. Further transition toward a knowledge society and the shifting of the ICT sector toward Cloud Computing and mobile communications will require ICT employees to acquire new skills and knowledge, particularly in the area of information security.
Several recent employment surveys conducted in Hong Kong and worldwide reflect the need for manpower in information security. For example, the 2017 Robert Half Salary Guide shows that there is a 14% year-on-year increase in the starting salaries for IT security specialists. Furthermore, 69% of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) believe that IT security is the main functional area within the IT industry, and where the most jobs will be created in Hong Kong over the next five years. There is also a strong demand for cyber security experts in industries such as banking and retail, which largely depend on internet businesses for revenue and expansion. The State of Cybersecurity Survey conducted by ISACA in October 2017 reveals that 42% of the respondents, who are cybersecurity professionals, thought it very likely that their enterprises will experience a cyber attack in 2018, while 50% predicted that budgets allocated by businesses to information security would increase in 2018, and that enterprises worldwide continue to experience difficulty in recruiting qualified personnel to fill cyber security positions. In summary, graduates of the information security discipline can expect very promising career prospects both locally and globally.
- An Associate Degree or Higher Diploma from a recognised institution in Information Technology, Computer Studies, Computing, Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering, Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or other similar disciplines.
- In addition to academic results, applicants’ communication skills, participation in extra-curricular activities and interview performance will also be considered.