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Information technology law & security ( 6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: Ai Cheo Yeo and Melissa de Zwart

Not offered in 2005.

Synopsis: This unit examines legal and security issues of information technology. The continued growth in the use of electronic commerce as well as data warehousing poses novel and complex legal and security problems. An organisation is legally obliged to take reasonable steps to protect personal information stored in their databases from misuse and loss and unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. Legal issues such as copyright, privacy, defamation and consumer protection will be discussed. The unit will also provide students with knowledge to identify network security problems that may arise and to explore measures that may be used to prevent or resolve such security problems.

Assessment: Assignments: 40% + Examination (2 hours): 60% Students must pass the exam in order to pass the unit.

Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

Prerequisites: Completion of 48 credit points of first year units, preferably with at least 12 credit points of IT units.

Prohibitions: BTW3641, BTC3640, BTC3644, BTF3641, IMS3110