The Bachelor of Computing in Information Security aims to:

  • To provide a broad-based, inter-disciplinary information security undergraduate programme within NUS.
  • To contribute to the national focus on growing the pool of cyber security professionals in Singapore.
  • To produce graduates who are able to understand information security issues and practices from both technical and organisational points of view.


Graduates of this programme are expected to have possible career choices as software engineers, systems administrators, malware researchers, security analyst, cybersecurity incident responder, and security consultant.  They are expected to find employment in industries that deal with sensitive information (e.g., banks, insurance, defence), government organisations, and firms that provide security consultation/systems/services.

This programme enables students to attain, by the time of graduation:

  • Strong knowledge of computer science foundations and fundamentals, including (a) familiarity with common computer science themes and principles, (b) high-level understanding of systems as a whole, (c) understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of computer science and their influences in practice.
  • An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, components, or program to meet the security needs.
  • An understanding of the processes and challenges that support the delivery and management of information security in an organisation.
  • An ability to function effectively in teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organisations, and society.
  • Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  • An ability to use the current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for information security practice.

 

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Computing (Information Security) requires at least 160 MCs.

Students will be required to satisfy 12 MCs of Industrial Experience Requirement by doing:

  • A 6-month internship through CP3880 Advanced Technology Attachment Programme (12 MCs)
  • Two 3-month internships through CP3200 Internship (6 MCs) and CP3202 Internship II (6MCs). With two internships, the student will be able to experience work in two distinct types of organisations, such as a start-up and a MNC, or in two different industries.
  • IS4010 Industry Internship Programme (12 MCs) from the IS department.
  • A 3-month internship through CP3200 Internship (6 MCs) and an approved Industry Course from Computer Science Department (4 MCs). The remaining 2 MCs may be satisfied using Unrestricted Electives. Students should consult the CS Deputy Head (CS Programmes) in advance if they are interested in this option as industry courses may not be offered every year.
  • iLead or NOC. For students who opt for iLead or NOC, the additional MCs beyond the 12-MCs allocated to Industry Experience Training should be taken from Unrestricted Electives and/or exempted modules.
  • Other forms of industry experience approved by the Department of Computer Science.

Students with CAP of 4.00 or higher may opt to replace Industry Experience Training by CP4101 B.Comp. Dissertation.

Students with CAP of 4.00 or higher after completing at least 70% (i.e. 112 MCs) of the MC requirement for the degree programme may opt to replace the Industry Experience Requirement by CP4101 B.Comp Dissertation (12 MCs). Note that the CP4101 project selection process takes place one semester ahead of the semester in which the students commence CP4101. Thus the students can tentatively select CP4101 projects; but the condition "CAP of 4.00 or higher after completing at least 70% (112 MCs) of the MC requirement for the degree programme" must be satisfied before they can commence CP4101 in lieu of Industry Experience Requirement.

(i) PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS (Total of 108 MCs)

Computing Foundation
CS1010       Programming Methodology 1
CS1231       Discrete Structures
CS2040C    Data Structures and Algorithms
CS2100       Computer Organisation
CS2102       Database Systems
CS2113T     Software Engineering & Object-Oriented Programming 2
CS2105       Introduction to Computer Networks
CS2106       Introduction to Operating Systems
IS3103        Information Systems Leadership and Communication

Information Security Requirements
CS2107       Introduction to Information Security
CS3235       Computer Security
IFS4205       Information Security Capstone Project
IS4231         Information Security Management

Complete 12 MCs from the following list of modules:
CS3236        Introduction to Information Theory
Either
CS4236        Cryptography Theory and Practice; or
MA4261       Coding and Cryptography
CS4238        Computer Security Practices
CS4239        Software Security
CS5231        Systems Security
CS5321        Network Security
CS5322        Database Security
CS5331        Web Security
CS5332        Biometric Authentication
IFS4101       Legal Aspects of I nformation Security
IFS4102       Digital Forsenics 
IS4204         IT Governance
IS4233         Legal Aspects of Information Technology
IS4234         Control and Audit of Information Systems
IS4302         Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies 
Other modules approved by the SoC UG Office

Computing Breadth
Complete 8 MCs of CP-coded, CS-coded or IS-coded modules at level-3000 or above.
Industrial Experience Requirement

IT Professionalism
IS1103/X         IS Innovations in Organisations and Society
CS2101           Effective Communication for Computing Professionals 2

Mathematics

MA1101R       Linear Algebra I
MA1521          Calculus for Computing
ST2334           Probability and Statistics 3

 

(ii) UNIVERSITY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS (20 MCs)

(iii) UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVES (32 MCs)

 

NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC)

Students who attended NOC programme may:

  • count TR3201 Entrepreneurship Practicum (8 MCs) towards Computing Breadth
  • count TR3202 Start-up Internship Programme (12 MCs) towards Industrial Experience Requirement
  • count TR3203 Start-up Case Study and Analysis towards Unrestricted Electives. Students working on information-security-related projects for TR3203 may seek approval to instead take TR3203P, which counts towards IFS4205 Information Security Capstone Project requirement.

 

University Scholars Programme (Information Security)

Students in the University Scholars Programme who choose the Bachelor of Computing (Information Security) major will take the Information Security programme, but with the following variations:

  • They will read GER1000 Quantitative Reasoning (4 MCs) as compulsory module for the University Level Requirements (ULR). The remaining 16 MCs in ULR are replaced by the 3 USP Inquiry Modules and 1 USP Foundation module ( i.e. University Scholars Seminar).
  • They will not be required to read CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals.  It is replaced by USP Foundation module: Writing and Critical Thinking.
  • They will read IFS4205 Information Security Capstone Project, which is an 8-MCs independent study modules (ISMs) which will be counted as 2 USP Inquiry modules in Sciences and Technologies Basket.
  • They will further complete 3 more USP Inquiry modules (for a total of 8, including IFS4205) and the USP Reflection module (the Senior Seminar).  They will have 4 MCs under the Unrestricted Electives.  

 

Summary of degree requirement for Bachelor of Computing in Information Security

Modules
MCs
Subtotals
UNIVERSITY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS  
20
PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS  
108
Computing Foundation
36
 
CS1010 Programming Methodology1
4
 
CS1231 Discrete Structures
4
 
CS2040C Data Structures and Algorithms
4
 
CS2100 Computer Organisation
4
 
CS2102 Database Systems
4
 
CS2113T Software Engineering & Object-Oriented Programming3
4
 
CS2105 Introduction to Computer Networks
4
 
CS2106 Introduction to Operating Systems
4
 
IS3103 Information Systems Leadership and Communication
4
 
Information Security Requirements
32
 
CS2107 Introduction to Information Security
4
 
CS3235 Computer Security
4
 
IFS4205 Information Security Capstone Project    8  
IS4231 Information Security Management
4
 

Programme Electives
Complete 12 MCs from the following list of modules:
CS3236 Introduction to Information Theory
Either               
CS4236  Cryptography Theory and Practice; or
MA4261  Coding and Cryptography
CS4238 Computer Security Practices
CS4239 Software Security
CS5231 Systems Security
CS5321 Network Security
CS5322 Database Security
CS5331 Web Security
CS5332 Biometric Authentication
IFS4101 Legal Aspects of Information Security
IFS4102 Digital Forensics
IS4204 IT Governance
IS4233 Legal Aspects of Information Technology
IS4234 Control and Audit of Information Systems
IS4302 Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies
Other modules approved by the SoC UG Office

12
 
Computing Breadth
20
 
Complete 8 MCs of CP-coded, CS-coded or IS-coded modules at level-3000 or above.
8
 
Industrial Experience Requirement
12
 
IT Professionalism
8
 
IS1103/X IS Innovations in Organisations and Society
4
 
CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals
4
 
Mathematics
12
 
MA1101R Linear Algebra I
4
 
MA1521 Calculus for Computing
4
 
ST2334 Probability and Statistics 3
4
 
UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVES4  
32
Grand Total  
160

 
1: CS1010 can be replaced by CS1101S Programming Methodology.
2: Students taking CS2113T Software Engineering & Object-oriented Programming must take CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals in the same semester.
3: Students pursuing a Second Major in Mathematics or Statistics will take ST2131 Probability in place of ST2334 Probability and Statistics. The students will take ST2132 as a core module in the second major in Statistics programme and are highly encouraged to take ST2132 as an elective module in the second major in Mathematics programme. If a student who has already taken ST2131 quits the Second major in Mathematics or Statistics, he/she will have to take ST2132 to fulfil the BComp (InfoSec) degree requirements.
4: Students without A-level mathematics are required to complete MA1301 or MA1301X Introductory Mathematics as part of the UE.