INF 385T.6 - Seminar in Information Science and Knowledge Systems: Information and Network Security

Spring 2001
Unique ID: 44645
Room: SZB 546
Days:  Thur
Time: 6:30-9:30P

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Critical examination of theories, applications, trends and problems in information science and knowledge systems. Special emphasis on problems raised by participants. (Graduate standing; LIS 382L.20)

The goal of this class is to provide a crash course in the terminology and concepts of
Information and Network Security. If I do my job right you will achieve knowledge to a
degree that allows you to enter into an entry-level position in the field or to pursue
advanced research in the subject with the skills and knowledge necessary to function and
gain more operational expertise.
Iíve designed this class to be as flexible as possible and this can have a disorientating
affect on students at times (at least thatís what the last class told me). I will make as few
rules as possible in the class and many of the decisions or issues that come up I will allow
the class to decide rather than dictate an outcome. I am making two assumptions in this

That you are interested in this topic and looking to learn as much as you can
about it.
That students learn more when they have "skin in the game" and are not
simply being spoon-fed material and then spitting it back out.

As such, this class will be challenging. I want it to be challenging. It will also be very
straightforward. I have built flexibility in the grading system as well and anyone that
really wants an A should get one. But no one is guaranteed an A nor do I expect
everyone to earn one. I believe that a B is a strong, respectable grade and that even a C is
nothing to be ashamed of, especially if a student is balancing other factors and may not
have as much time as others to devote to the course.

My hope is that the coursework will allow everyone to achieve a certain level of
knowledge, rewarding those who choose to go above and beyond the norm without
penalizing those whose academic or professional goals may be different, or those
students juggling other priorities in addition to this class. I would also encourage
students to think outside the box. Take risks. As you will see from the grading scale,
everyone in the class can afford to screw up at least one assignment. I donít want you to
be afraid to explore and you shouldnít be penalized for it. Additionally, should you have
any special interests or ideas for papers, do not hesitate to approach me. I am willing to
consider alternative assignments on a case-by-case basis.

Topic Description:
Information and Network Security

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