IT Rhetorics for Security Risk Managmement
Study plans 2016-2017 - IMT4132 - 5 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes


  • The student will learn how to use modern ICT communication tools to communicate security problem and solutions to friends and foe in and outside organization and business.
  • The student will develop skills in arguing for and against issues that concern information security organization and management in organization and society.


  • The student is capable of analyzing and formulating augments, on both past and contemporary issues in information security organization and management.
  • The student can use relevant facts, statistics and theories in information security organization and management to argue and debate past and contemporary issues
  • The student is capable of carrying out a debating on information security organization using both traditional and modern communication technologies used in organizations today.  

 General competence

  • The student is capable of applying his/her information security and IT security knowledge to understand and argue for organization change and development.
  • The student is capable of discussing professional problems, analyses and conclusions in the information security organization and management, both with specialists and with general audience.
  • The student is capable of contributing to innovation and innovation processes in information security and socio-technical modeling and analysis for information security management


  1. History of Rhetorics
  2. Augmentation analysis and debate
  3. Security Semiotics
  4. Rumor Discourse in Security work
  5. Social Engineering in Theory and practice.
  6. IT Rhetorics
  7. Risk and Security Rhetoric’s in Practice

Teaching Methods

Laboratory work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

Seminars will be the teaching method used in the course and will be designed to help the student to both choices and discuss their individual work with the written assignment and help them prepare for their oral presentation and the debates in the course.

The course will be made accessible for both campus and remote students. Every student is free to choose the pedagogic arrangement form that is best fitted for her/his own requirement. The lectures in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students. All the lectures will also be available on Internet through GUC’s learning management system (ClassFronter).

Form(s) of Assessment

Oral exam, individually

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Written Essay, counts 50 %
Oral presentation of essay, counts 50 %
In order to achieve a grade in the course, both parts must be passed.

Grading Scale

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

External/internal examiner

Internal examiner. An external examiner is used every 4th year. Next time in the school-year 2019/2020.

Re-sit examination

Re-sit examination in August.

Coursework Requirements

Students must participate in discussions in class.

Teaching Materials

Semiotics the basics, Daniel Chandler

A Rulebook for Arguments, Anthony Weston


Related Material

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,  Robert M. Pirsig's

The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking, Stephen Law

Once upon a number, The Hidden Mathematics of Logic of Stories. Johan Allen Paus

Rumor Mills: The Social Impact of Rumor and Legend, Gary Alan Fine et al

The Watercooler Effect: A Psychologist Explores the Extraordinary Power of Rumors by Nicholas DiFonzo