# WM141-18 Discrete Structures for Cyber Security

Department
WMG
Level
Henry Caushi
Credit value
18
Module duration
30 weeks
Assessment
Multiple
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry

##### Introductory description

Discrete structures are the foundation of digital computing. Although relatively few people work primarily on discrete structures, almost all cyber security professionals work with the techniques and concepts covered in this module to provide a foundation for their own specialist areas. Material from Discrete Structures for Cyber Security will give greater insight into the reasoning behind much of the more applied cyber security material throughout the programme.

##### Module aims

1 – Perform relevant abstract operations on a range of discrete structures to support reasoning.
2 – Apply the tools and techniques associated with discrete structures to solve cyber security problems.

##### Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Outline content
The content of this module will be taught from a cyber security perspective.

• Sets
• Relations
• Functions
• Logic
• Proofs
• Graphs
• Discrete probability
##### Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

• 1 – Perform relevant abstract operations on a range of discrete structures to support reasoning.
• 2 – Apply the tools and techniques associated with discrete structures to solve cyber security problems.

Johnsonbaugh Richard, "Discrete mathematics", 8 Ed, Pearson Education Limited (2019)

Balakrishnan, V. K., “Schaum's Outline of Combinatorics”, McGraw-Hill (1995)

Karumanchi, Narasimha, “Data Structures and Algorithms Made Easy: Data Structure and
Algorithmic Puzzles”, 2 Ed, CareerMonk (2011)

##### Subject specific skills

1 – Perform relevant abstract operations on a range of discrete structures to support reasoning.
2 – Apply the tools and techniques associated with discrete structures to solve cyber security problems.

problem solving

## Study time

Type Required
Supervised practical classes 18 sessions of 3 hours (30%)
Private study 41 hours (23%)
Assessment 85 hours (47%)
Total 180 hours
##### Private study description

Independent activity between workshops.

## Costs

No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

##### Assessment group D3
Weighting Study time
Test 1 10% 8 hours
Test 2 10% 8 hours
Test 3 10% 8 hours
Test 4 10% 8 hours
Online Examination 60% 53 hours

Written Examination

~Platforms - AEP

• Online examination: No Answerbook required
##### Assessment group R1
Weighting Study time
Written examination 100%
• Online examination: No Answerbook required
##### Feedback on assessment

Written feedback for each assignment
Verbal feedback during tutorial sessions
Solutions provided to selected tutorial questions
Summative feedback on assignments and exam

## Courses

This module is Core for: