COINS Summer School
2015-2016 - IMT6003 - 3 ECTS



On the basis of


Expected learning outcomes

After having successfully completed the course, students are expected to have mastered the following learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge of advanced research in and understanding of academic theory of information security.


  • Ability to select appropriate research methods and techniques suitable for the candidate's research field.
  • Ability to comprehend complex academic issues and the related ethical considerations pertaining to the design and conduct of research.

General competence

  • Capability to apply current abstract research and methods to specific problems.


The summer school can span all aspects of information security, i.e.

  • Foundations of information security and security models, e.g. authentication, access control, biometrics, identity management, cryptography, modelling
  • Secure programming, e.g. development processes, vulnerability analysis, embedded & cyberphysical systems
  • Computer crime, digital forensics, privacy and civil liberties, including legal aspects, privacy
  • Network security and security operations, e.g. perimeter security, intrusion detection, critical infrastructure protection
  • Risk assessment, human factors and security, e.g. risk analysis, security management, security economics, incident management, awareness

The exact choice and composition of topics in a given year may vary.
In addition, COINS events address cross-cutting concerns like peer review, presentation of own research, and international collaboration. A visit to ENISA may be included in the programme of the summer school.

Teaching Methods


Teaching Methods (additional text)

Block seminars, project work, peer review, and excursions

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Passing a summer school involves preparation of a research article, engaging in scientific discussion of the presented article and of other presentations, and peer-reviewing another article.

Grading Scale


External/internal examiner

External or internal examiner. External examiner within 5 years period, next time at latest in 2019.

Re-sit examination

Whole course must be re-taken.

Examination support


Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

Scientific articles and hand-outs provided by lecturers.

Additional information

The summer school needs to have been recognized by the COINS Research School of Computer and Information Security as fulfilling the requirements of Ph.D. training as laid out in the COINS project application.