Information Security-Information Assurance
Summer 2022 Syllabus
Dr. Tonia San Nicolas-Rocca
Office: Email, Zoom, and IM
Virtual office hours. Telephone and in-person advising by appointment
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Canvas Login and Tutorials
Canvas Information: This 1-unit course runs from June 1 to June 29, 2022. The class will be available on Canvas on June 1st. Grades will be posted at the end of the semester.
You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.
Overview of Information Assurance and Risk Management theories, principles, and techniques. This course examines the information assurance frameworks and risk management planning structures used to ensure that an organization's information resources and assets are protected.
Assignments and Grading Information
Formal assignments for this course are as follows:
Assignment and Due Dates
Portion of Course Grade
Discussion Posts (CLO#1-2)
Students will participate in the discussion board by providing ideas and/or opinions relating to assigned readings and lectures, and current events. Discussion board participation cannot be made-up once the discussion has been completed.
Students will complete assignments that introduce them to ethics, risk assessment, and U.S. and international laws and regulations that serve to protect information and information resources.
Students will complete a comprehensive exam at the end of the four-week semester.
Late assignments will not be accepted after 5 days past the due date. Late assignments submitted after the assignment deadline will receive a 50% point reduction, and 10% for each day up to 5 days based on the total point value of the assignment. No points will be awarded after 5 days late.
Discussion board postings will not be accepted for credit after the module's discussion has ended.
All course materials must be completed by the last day of the class.
NOTE: Students should provide their initial discussion board posts by the first Thursday of each module by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time), to leave ample time for follow-up discussion. Please participate early and actively in the required discussions.
Details for all the discussions and assignments will be provided in Canvas.
Unless otherwise noted, each module begins on Monday and ends on Sunday. Assignments will be due by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the due date.
Course materials and resources -current for the semester of instruction -will be made available on the Canvas Learning Management System.
Course Workload Expectations
Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.
Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.
Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.
Graduate Standing or Instructor Consent.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Design, support, and evaluate an Information Assurance (IA) Governance Program for an organization.
- Identify and assess information security and privacy risks/vulnerabilities and select and evaluate appropriate technical solutions to mitigate the risk.
SLOs and PLOs
This course supports Informatics SLO 5: Demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of network security, compliance, and risk mitigation by evaluating and applying cybersecurity solutions to specific organizational security problems.
SLO 5 supports the following Informatics Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
- PLO 1 Apply technology informatics skills to solve specific industry data and information management problems, with a focus on usability and designing for users.
- PLO 3 Demonstrate strong understanding of security and ethics issues related to informatics, user interface, and inter-professional application of informatics in specific fields by designing and implementing appropriate information assurance and ethics and privacy solutions.
No Textbooks For This Course.
The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:
|97 to 100||A|
|94 to 96||A minus|
|91 to 93||B plus|
|88 to 90||B|
|85 to 87||B minus|
|82 to 84||C plus|
|79 to 81||C|
|76 to 78||C minus|
|73 to 75||D plus|
|70 to 72||D|
|67 to 69||D minus|
In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:
- C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
- B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
- A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.
Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: https://www.sjsu.edu/curriculum/courses/syllabus-info.php. Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.
In order to request an accommodation in a class please contact the Accessible Education Center and register via the MyAEC portal.
Download Adobe Acrobat Reader to access PDF files.
More accessibility resources.