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UNISA Short Course in Introduction to Infomation Security

UNISA Short Course in Introduction to Infomation Security

Short Course in Introduction to Infomation Security (70610)



The aim of this course is to equip learners with a sound knowledge of the underlying principles of information security and to provide them with the skills needed to analyse and evaluate information security problems.


Target group

This course provides a sound and proper foundation for people with little or no Information Security background.


Admission requirements

Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification. Students must be computer-literate and familiar with the Microsoft Windows environment, access to the Internet is a necessity.




Semester course


Language medium



Registration periods

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Tuition method

UNISA open distance learning with a text book and additional material: students will be expected to cover the work by working through the prescribed text book and additional material; tutorial letters: the lecturers will provide additional tutorial matter necessary to aid understanding of the course content; assignments: students will be required to complete assignments which will form an inherent part of their preparation for the examination; telephone and e-mail support: this will be the preferred means of communication; the internet: it will provide an additional way of communicating to the lecturers and submitting assignments


Kind of assessment


Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies

Formative assessment:


Summative assessment:

Two-hour written examination


Introduction to Information Security (CSIS1DF)
Syllabus/Content Topics

This course covers an introduction to the following Information Security issues:

  • Security In General
  • Information Security
  • Password Security
  • Virus Awareness
  • Data Storage & Backup
  • Computer Ethics
  • Office Discipline
  • Hardware Security
  • Social Engineering
  • Security in the Banking Environment
  • Solicitation
  • Malicious software
  • Fraud schemes
  • Extortion
  • Illegal activities
  • Preventative measures
  • An Overview of Information Security Plan
  • The 5 pillars of Information Security



Course leader

Prof. E Kritzinger MSc PhD (Information Security)

School of Computing

Office: Block C 3-26, Cnr Christiaan de Wet and Pioneer Avenue, Florida Campus, UNISA

Tel: 011 670 9116




Programme administrator(s)

School of Computing

Office: Block C 3-06, Cnr Christiaan de Wet and Pioneer Avenue, Florida Campus, UNISA

Tel: 011 670 9131 / 9139


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