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Secure Software Engineering
CSCI-611

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course is primarily concerned with how to write secure software, including common pitfalls in major languages.

Requisites

Prerequisite

CSCI 501

Rationale

From social interaction, education, and communication to business, transportation, and government and everything in between, society depends on complex software systems. The consequences of a failure in a software system can be severe, and reliable functionality and security are critical. A course in secure software engineering will equip the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and operate dependable and secure software systems.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain why security is a software issue.
  2. Detail the principles and practices of secure software design.
  3. Describe the principles and practices of secure software coding and testing.
  4. Integrate biblical principles within the field of secure software engineering.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Richardson, T., & Thies, C. (2013). Secure software design (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN: 9781449626327.

The student will pay a $129 course fee. This provides access to the Cybrscore virtual labs. The course fee does not include the required resource purchase.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 350–400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. The reply must be 250 words.

Labs (5)

The student will complete labs associated with the course material. Each lab will have specific instructions for tasks, along with deliverables, to be completed in the virtual lab environment.

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 6 multiple-choice, 6 true/false, and 1 short answer questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will cover the Reading & Study material for Modules/Weeks 1–4. The Midterm Exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 15 true/false and multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will cover all of the Reading & Study material for the course. The Final Exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 true/false and multiple choice questions and 7 short answer questions, and have a 2-hour and 45-minute time limit.​

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums

(3 at 30 pts ea)

90

Labs

(5 at 100 pts ea)

500

Quizzes

(6 at 25 pts ea)

150

Midterm Exam

(Modules 1–4)

130

Final Exam

(Modules 5–8)

130

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

CSCI 611

Textbook: Richardson & Thies, Secure Software Design (2013).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Richardson & Thies: chs. 1–2

2 presentations

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Quiz 1

10

0

30

25

2

Richardson & Thies: chs. 3–4

2 presentations

Lab 1 Worksheet

1 website

Lab 1: PHP - Path Traversal and LFI

Quiz 2

100

25

3

Richardson & Thies: chs. 5, 15

2 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 2

Quiz 3

30

25

4

Richardson & Thies: chs. 7–8

2 presentations

Lab 2 Worksheet

1 website

Lab 2: PHP – OS Command Injection

Midterm Exam

100

130

5

Richardson & Thies: chs. 9–10

2 presentations

Lab 3 Worksheet

1 website

Lab 3: PHP – Broken Access Control

Quiz 4

100

25

6

Richardson & Thies: chs. 6, 11

2 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 3

Quiz 5

30

25

7

Richardson & Thies: chs. 12–13

2 presentations

Lab 4 Worksheet

1 website

Lab 4: PHP – Password Hashing

Quiz 6

100

25

8

Richardson & Thies: chs. 14, 16

2 presentations

Lab 5 Worksheet

1 website

Lab 5: PHP – Broken Authentication

Final Exam

100

130

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.