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ISSC361 - Information Assurance

Course Details

Course Code: ISSC361 Course ID: 2634 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of the discipline of Information Assurance that focuses on protecting information assets by ensuring availability, confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and non- repudiation. This course delves into the deliberate engineering, planning and implementation of the five major areas in any enterprise: hardware, software, networks, people, and policies. This course meets the topical requirements of the DoD Directive 8570.1M Information Assurance Management (IAM) Technical III, Management II and Management III categories.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  1. Explain the 10 domains in the Information Security Common Body of Knowledge.
  2. Explore widely accepted categories of information security.
  3. Explain information security and principles of success
  4. Explore the future of information security and explore planning procedures toward those goals
  5. Investigate Security Policy and Standards Taxonomy
  6. Create Sample Information Assurance related policies
  7. Assess HIPAA Security Rule Standards and similar current compliance standards

The grading will be based on eight graded assignments, eight weekly Forum postings, an individual project paper with topic, outline, presentation, and final product assignments, two open book quizzes, and a current affairs report.

Forum Assignments: There will be eight weekly Forum postings you will need to respond to. The Forum postings will count as 24% (3% for each Forum posting) of the final grade.

Length: Answers should include a topic sentence and supporting sentences using the terms, concepts, and theories from the required readings. Each answer should be a minimum of 250 - 400 words (about 6 to 8 good sentences).

Subject Knowledge: The key requirement is to express your idea and then support your position using the terms, concepts and theories from the required readings to demonstrate to me that you understand the material.

Classmate Responses: You may disagree, support or supplement other students’ answers using the terms, concepts and theories from the required readings. All responses should be a courteous paragraph that contains a topic sentence with good supporting sentences. You may respond multiple times with a continuous discussion with points and counter points.

The response to the main question is due 11:55 PM EST Wednesday of the week. The follow-up posts are due 11:55 PM EST Sunday of the week for each week.

Weekly Assignments: There will be eight assignments (2.5% each) counting a total of 20% of the final grade. The assignments will follow each of the major milestones of the course. These assignments will be problems or questions from the text. They are a combination of Lesson Reviews and Lesson Activities and/or Labs. They are selected to provide the student with information to understand the concepts discussed. Assignments should be prepared in Microsoft Word and uploaded into the respective assignment folder by the due date.

Research Paper: There will be a Final Report (worth 20%) with Topic Approval (1%), Outline (4%), Draft Report (5%), and Presentation (6%), and for a total of 30%of the final grade.

Topic - Your paper topic must be on Information Assurance (IA) or a closely related area on (IA). Your professor must approve your topic before you can proceed with the outline, presentation, and paper. The approved topic must be the same for the outline assignment, the PowerPoint presentation, and the final paper.

Outline - The outline of the paper is the skeleton of your paper. It should include all areas you plan to discuss in your paper. It should include:

Title Page: A title page with the title, your name, date, class and school info

Abstract (Optional): You may wish to include an abstract or leave it for the final paper.

Subtopic Headings: Headings of all areas you wish to discuss with a short statement describing the extent of your planned discussion

References Page: With at least half (5) of the required final product references you plan to include in your final paper

Presentation - the presentation must be done using PowerPoint or a compatible product used for creating presentations. This is basically an executive summary of the paper you plan to write. It should highlight the major headings included in your Outline – simplified and presentable to management. You should try to “sell” your project to management. Include rich graphics to make it interesting (and attractive), include notes to tell me how you will be presenting it (basically your cheat sheet for the presentation), and include references for the last slide to make it convincing.

  • Draft Report – Your draft report will be graded based on length and should be least 8-10 pages. Your paper will be given feedback on the following categories*:
    1. Focus/Thesis
    2. Content/Subject Knowledge
      • Detailed description of the area researched
      • Technology involved in the area
      • Future trends in the area
      • Example companies involved in the area
      • Regulatory issues surrounding the area
      • Global implications for the area
      • References (minimum of 10)**
    3. Organization of Ideas/Format
    4. Writing Conventions (Grammar and Mechanics)
    5. Use of Computer Technology/Applications (i.e. Appropriate use of word processor or spreadsheets as it relates to the finished product)

  • Final Report – Your paper will be graded on the following categories*:
  1. Focus/Thesis
  2. Content/Subject Knowledge*
    • Detailed description of the area researched
    • Technology involved in the area
    • Future trends in the area
    • Example companies involved in the area
    • Regulatory issues surrounding the area
    • Global implications for the area
    • References (minimum of 10)**
  3. Organization of Ideas/Format
  4. Writing Conventions (Grammar and Mechanics)
  5. Use of Computer Technology/Applications (i.e. Appropriate use of word processor or spreadsheets as it relates to the finished product)

**References: You may use resources from the APUS Online Library, any library, government library, or any peer-reviewed reference (Wikipedia and any other publicly-reviewed source is not accepted). The paper must by at least 10 pages double-spaced, 1" margin all around, black12 point fonts (Times New Roman or Arial) with correct citations of all utilized references/sources, (pictures, graphics, etc... are extra - allowed but extra for the minimum page count). The title page and references are also required but don't count in the minimum page count. A minimum of 10 references are required.

The paper will be subjected to checking against plagiarism. The paper must follow acceptable originality criteria (no more than 15% max total, and 2% per individual source match are allowed). The paper will not be accepted for grading if the originality report does not fall under this required criteria. A grade of 0 will be applied.

  1. Quizzes: There will be a one hour long and non-proctored quiz in Week 4 which counts as 10% of the final grade. It will be a combination of multiple-choice, true-false and/or essay type questions will be open book and open notes. There will be a one hour long and non-proctored quiz in Week 8 which counts as 10% of the final grade. It will be a combination of multiple-choice, true-false and/or essay type questions and will be open book and open notes.

All assignments, Forum question responses, and the quizzes are due by 11:55 PM Eastern Time Sunday of the week assigned.

NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.00 %
Week 2 Forum 3.00 %
Week 3 Forum 3.00 %
Week 4 Forum 3.00 %
Week 5 Forum 3.00 %
Week 6 Forum 3.00 %
Week 7 Forum 3.00 %
Week 8 Forum 3.00 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Week 1 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 2 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 3 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 4 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 5 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 6 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 7 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 8 Assignment 2.50 %
Exams 20.00 %
Midterm (Week Four) (New) 10.00 %
Final (Week Eight) (New) 10.00 %
Project - Week 2 Topic 1.00 %
Week 2 Topic Approval 1.00 %
Project - Week 3 4.00 %
Week 3 Research Paper Outline 4.00 %
Current Affairs Report 5.00 %
Week 5 Current Affairs Report 5.00 %
Project - Week 6 Presentation 6.00 %
Week 6 Presentation 6.00 %
Project - Week 7 Final Paper 20.00 %
Week 7 Research Paper Final Report 20.00 %

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint)
Book Title:Elementary Information Security, 2nd Edition - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom.
ISBN:9781284108385
Publication Info:VS-Jones & Bartlett
Author:Smith, Richard E.
Unit Cost:$182.19
Electronic ISBN:9781284093070
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.