2011-2012 - IMT4721 - 5 ECTS

On the basis of

The course content will be complementary to the course IMT4621 Biometrics

Expected learning outcomes


  • The candidate possesses thorough knowledge of the security of knowledge based authentication systems.
  • The candidate possesses advanced knowlegde in the theory, design and evaluation of Behavioural Biometric Systems.
  • The candidate is capable of applying his/her knowledge in the field of IT-security.
  • The candidate is capable of updating his/her own knowledge in authentication related topics.


  • The candidate is capable of using relevant scientific methods in independent research and analysis in biometrics.
  • The candidate is capable of performing critical analysis of various literature sources on authentication methods.
  • The candidate know relevant authentication methods and terminology.

General competence:

  • The candidate is capable of taking part in debates in national and international fora within the field of authentication and behavioural biometrics.
  • The candidate is capable of working independently in the field of biometrics and is familiar with biometric terminology.
  • The candidate is capable of analyzing relevant professional and research publications in behavioural biometrics.

Give the students an improved understanding of 

  • Different general authentication mechanisms
  • Selected authentication methods: passwods/PIN, gait, signature, keystroke dynamics.
  • Technics to test autentication methods


  • Authentication methods in general
  • Password security
  • (Behavioural) Biometric system evaluation
  • Gait recognition
  • Keystroke dynamics
  • Signature verification

Teaching Methods

Project work

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

An overall evaluation based on a 100 point scale, where project work counts 50 points and final exam (3 hours) counts 50 points. Conversion from 100 point scale to A-F scale according to recommended conversion table. In specific circumstances, emneansvarlig can slightly adjust the limits in the conversion table to enforce compatibility with the qualitative descriptions on the A-F scale.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal examiner.

Re-sit examination

For the final exam: Ordinary re-sit examination.

Examination support

Calculator and dictionary

Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

There exists a reader written by the professor. The reader is given to the students at the beginning of the course.

Additional information

In case there will be less than 5 students that will apply for the course, it will be at the discretion of Studieprogramansvarlig whether the course will be offered or not an if yes, in which form.