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.
The Bachelor of Computing (Information Security) Co-operative Education Programme requires at least 160 MCs.
(i) PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS (Total of 120 MCs)
CS1010 Programming Methodology 1
CS1231S Discrete Structures
CS2040C Data Structures and Algorithms
CS2100 Computer Organisation
CS2102 Database Systems
CS2113T Software Engineering and 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
IFS4201 Information Security Industry Capstone Project (part of Internship III)
IS4231 Information Security Management
Complete 12 MCs from the following list of modules:
CS3236 Introduction to Information Theory
CS4236 Cryptography Theory and Practice; or
MA4261 Coding and Cryptography
CS4238 Computer Security Practice
CS4239 Software Security
CS4257 Algorithmic Foundations of Privacy
CS4276 IoT 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
IFS4103 Penetration Testing Practice
IS4204 IT Governance
IS4233 Legal Aspects of Information Technology
IS4234 Compliance and Regulation Technology
IS4302 Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies
Other modules approved by the SoC UG Office
Complete 8 MCs of CP-coded, CS-coded or IS-coded modules at level-3000 or above.
IS1103 Ethics in Computing
CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals 2
MA1521 Calculus for Computing
MA2001 Linear Algebra I
ST2334 Probability and Statistics 3
Co-operative Scheme Additional Requirements
IFS2200 Information Security Immersion Programme
IFS4202 Information Security Practicum Programme
(ii) UNIVERSITY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS (24 MCs)
(iii) UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVES (16 MCs)
Students who aim for Honours (Highest Distinction) must pass the CP4101 BComp Dissertation. The modular credits for CP4101 will count towards Unrestricted Electives. The students in the Co-operative Education Programme for Information Security can complete the BComp Dissertation in the following ways:
Option 1: The student can complete CP4101 over Year 3 Sem 2 and Year 4 Sem 2 subject to the approval of the supervisor.
Option 2: The student can work on FYP only supervised by academic staff from NUS over Year 4 (Sem 1 and Sem 2). In this case, 6-MC workload for FYP during industrial attachment in Year 4 Sem 1 will be treated similar to taking evening modules during internship. Internship III will still be mapped to IFS4201 Information Security Industry Capstone Project (8 MCs) and IFS4202 Information Security Practicum Programme (6 MCs).
Option 3: The student can complete CP4101 jointly supervised by the industry supervisor and an academic staff from School of Computing in Year 4. The FYP will be initiated when the student is in industry in Year 4 Sem 1 and will be completed in the semester he/she returns to NUS, i.e., Year 4 Sem 2. In this case, Internship III will be mapped to IFS4201 Information Security Industry Capstone Project (8 MCs) and CP4101 BComp Dissertation (First semester). Both IFS4201 and CP4101 are graded.
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 not be required to read CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals. It is replaced by USP Foundation module: Writing and Critical Thinking.
- They have module exemption via directly recognising up to 8 MCs of SoC prescribed modules towards USP Inquiry cum ISM requirement.
Summary of degree requirement for Bachelor of Computing in Information Security - Co-operative Education Programme
|UNIVERSITY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS || |
|PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS|| |
|Computing Foundation|| |
|CS1010 Programming Methodology1|| |
|CS1231S 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|| |
|IFS4201 Information Security Industry Capstone Project Part of Internship III|| |
|CS3235 Computer Security|| |
|IS4231 Information Security Management|| |
|Computing Breadth|| |
|Complete 8 MCs of CP-coded, CS-coded or IS-coded modules at level-3000 or above.|| |
|CP3880 Advanced Technology Attachment Programme Internship II|| |
|IT Professionalism|| |
|IS1103 Ethics in Computing|| |
|CS2101 Effective Communication for Computing Professionals|| |
|MA1521 Calculus for Computing|| |
|MA2001 Linear Algebra I||4|
|ST2334 Probability and Statistics 3|| |
|Co-operative Scheme Additional Requirements||12|
|IFS2200 Information Security Immersion Programme Internship I||6|
|IFS4202 Information Security Practicum Programme Part of Internship III||6|
|UNRESTRICTED ELECTIVES 4|| |
|Grand Total|| |
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 (Information Security) degree requirements.
4. Students without A-level mathematics are required to complete MA1301 or MA1301X Introductory Mathematics as part of the UE.