Advanced Project Course: Secure Distributed and Embedded Systems, 6 credits (TDDE21)

Avancerad projektkurs: Säkra distribuerade och inbyggda system, 6 hp

Main field of study

Information Technology Computer Science and Engineering Computer Science

Level

Second cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Andrei Gurtov

Director of studies or equivalent

Patrick Lambrix
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6MICS Computer Science, Master's Programme 3 (Autumn 2021) 1, 2 4, 4 English Linköping v
6MICS Computer Science, Master's Programme (Computer Networks, Distributed Systemas and Security) 3 (Autumn 2021) 1, 2 4, 4 English Linköping v
6MICS Computer Science, Master's Programme (Embedded Systems) 3 (Autumn 2021) 1, 2 4, 4 English Linköping v
6CDDD Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 9 (Autumn 2021) 1, 2 4, 4 English Linköping v
6CDDD Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering (Secure Systems) 9 (Autumn 2021) 1, 2 4, 4 English Linköping v
6CDDD Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering (Computer Systems Architecture) 9 (Autumn 2021) 1, 2 4, 4 English Linköping v
6CITE Information Technology, M Sc in Engineering 9 (Autumn 2021) 1, 2 4, 4 English Linköping v
6CITE Information Technology, M Sc in Engineering (Secure Systems) 9 (Autumn 2021) 1, 2 4, 4 English Linköping v
6CITE Information Technology, M Sc in Engineering (Computer Systems Architecture) 9 (Autumn 2021) 1, 2 4, 4 English Linköping v
6CMJU Computer Science and Software Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 9 (Autumn 2021) 1, 2 4, 4 English Linköping v
6CMJU Computer Science and Software Engineering, M Sc in Engineering (Secure Systems) 9 (Autumn 2021) 1, 2 4, 4 English Linköping v

Main field of study

Information Technology, Computer Science and Engineering, Computer Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level

A1X

Course offered for

  • Master's Programme in Computer Science
  • Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering
  • Information Technology, M Sc in Engineering
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering, M Sc in Engineering

Prerequisites

The course expects the student to have applied project management models in previous courses or other context. The student should also have acquired knowledge equivalent to basic courses in one the profiles "Secure systems” or ”Computer systems”, or in one of the specializations ”Embedded systems” or ”Networks, distributed systems and security” in the area covered by the project.

Intended learning outcomes

The project should have significant technical level that requires in-depth subject knowledge in at least one of the subjects networks, distributed systems, security or embedded systems. The project should be carried out in a professional manner, and should develop and consolidate the participants' skills in the area of specialization.

  • Analyze and structure problems in the area of specialization.
  • Apply knowledge and methods from a wide range of previous courses in the area of specialization.
  • Independently acquire new knowledge, as required by the project.
  • Integrate knowledge from many disciplines and apply them in the context of the area of specialization.
  • Formulate a requirement specification for the project based on a project directive and thereby assess the feasibility of the project in terms of technical solutions and available resources.
  • Present the project results for the client as well as for other students, which can not be presumed to be specialists in the techniques used.
  • Actively contribute to a well functioning project group.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead the project work with the support of a project model, and with limited access to supervisory resources.
  • Plan, implement and monitor a project in the area of specialization.

The result of the project work should:

  • Attain high technical quality and be based on modern knowledge and practices in the relevant field of technology.
  • Be documented in relevant project documents and relevant technical documentation.
  • Be presented orally.
  • Meet the requirements stated in the specification.

Course content

Description of the projects, with project directives, are available on the course website. The projects will be closely linked to either ongoing research within the field of computer science or to companies active in this field. Examples could be develop a wide-area sensor data collection system, distributed system evaluation on Planetlab testbed or with cluster simulations, design and implementation of identity- and software-defined networks, or analysis of flight communication systems.
The nature of the projects may change from year to year.

Teaching and working methods

The project, which is formed according to directive given later, should consist of at approximately six students. Each group will be assigned a supervisor, who will support the group in its work and answer technical questions. For each project, there is a client with whom the project team negotiates a specification. Before project work begins, the project team should create appropriate project management documents for the project. 


For each instance of the course, the examiner will present a set of project proposals. Assignment of projects to student groups is based both on their aptitude and their wishes. For each proposal there is a project charter forming the basis for further work. The project begins with the project team developing a requirements specification and relevant project management documentation for their project. The projects should be conducted according to an appropriate development model, selected by the team.
The course runs over the entire autumn semester.

Examination

PRA1ProjectU, G6 credits


The project work will be assessed on the achievement of course objectives. Three modules, each assessed with pass/fail, are included in the assessment. These topics are:

  • Technical level and quality of project results
  • Written documentation in the form of technical report and relevant project documents
  • Oral presentation

To pass the whole project work, the student is required to pass all parts and meet the objectives of the course. Special emphasis is given to participants actively contributing to the group working according to the project model's intentions.
Grades are given as *Fail’ or ’Pass’.

Grades

Two grade scale, older version, U, G

Other information

About teaching and examination language

The teaching language is presented in the Overview tab for each course. The examination language relates to the teaching language as follows: 

  • If teaching language is Swedish, the course as a whole or in large parts, is taught in Swedish. Please note that although teaching language is Swedish, parts of the course could be given in English. Examination language is Swedish. 
  • If teaching language is Swedish/English, the course as a whole will be taught in English if students without prior knowledge of the Swedish language participate. Examination language is Swedish or English (depending on teaching language). 
  • If teaching language is English, the course as a whole is taught in English. Examination language is English. 

Other

The course is conducted in a manner where both men's and women's experience and knowledge are made visible and developed. 

The planning and implementation of a course should correspond to the course syllabus. The course evaluation should therefore be conducted with the course syllabus as a starting point.  

Department

Institutionen för datavetenskap

Director of Studies or equivalent

Patrick Lambrix

Examiner

Andrei Gurtov

Education components

Preliminär schemalagd tid: 64 h
Rekommenderad självstudietid: 96 h

Course literature

Övrigt

Specific to the project

Other

Specific to the project

PRA1 Project U, G 6 credits


The project work will be assessed on the achievement of course objectives. Three modules, each assessed with pass/fail, are included in the assessment. These topics are:

  • Technical level and quality of project results
  • Written documentation in the form of technical report and relevant project documents
  • Oral presentation

To pass the whole project work, the student is required to pass all parts and meet the objectives of the course. Special emphasis is given to participants actively contributing to the group working according to the project model's intentions.
Grades are given as *Fail’ or ’Pass’.

Course syllabus

A syllabus must be established for each course. The syllabus specifies the aim and contents of the course, and the prior knowledge that a student must have in order to be able to benefit from the course.

Timetabling

Courses are timetabled after a decision has been made for this course concerning its assignment to a timetable module. 

Interrupting a course

The vice-chancellor’s decision concerning regulations for registration, deregistration and reporting results (Dnr LiU-2015-01241) states that interruptions in study are to be recorded in Ladok. Thus, all students who do not participate in a course for which they have registered must record the interruption, such that the registration on the course can be removed. Deregistration from a course is carried out using a web-based form: https://www.lith.liu.se/for-studenter/kurskomplettering?l=en. 

Cancelled courses

Courses with few participants (fewer than 10) may be cancelled or organised in a manner that differs from that stated in the course syllabus. The Dean is to deliberate and decide whether a course is to be cancelled or changed from the course syllabus. 

Guidelines relating to examinations and examiners 

For details, see Guidelines for education and examination for first-cycle and second-cycle education at Linköping University, http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/917592.

An examiner must be employed as a teacher at LiU according to the LiU Regulations for Appointments (https://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622784). For courses in second-cycle, the following teachers can be appointed as examiner: Professor (including Adjunct and Visiting Professor), Associate Professor (including Adjunct), Senior Lecturer (including Adjunct and Visiting Senior Lecturer), Research Fellow, or Postdoc. For courses in first-cycle, Assistant Lecturer (including Adjunct and Visiting Assistant Lecturer) can also be appointed as examiner in addition to those listed for second-cycle courses. In exceptional cases, a Part-time Lecturer can also be appointed as an examiner at both first- and second cycle, see Delegation of authority for the Board of Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Forms of examination

Examination

Written and oral examinations are held at least three times a year: once immediately after the end of the course, once in August, and once (usually) in one of the re-examination periods. Examinations held at other times are to follow a decision of the board of studies.

Principles for examination scheduling for courses that follow the study periods:

  • courses given in VT1 are examined for the first time in March, with re-examination in June and August
  • courses given in VT2 are examined for the first time in May, with re-examination in August and October
  • courses given in HT1 are examined for the first time in October, with re-examination in January and August
  • courses given in HT2 are examined for the first time in January, with re-examination in March and in August.

The examination schedule is based on the structure of timetable modules, but there may be deviations from this, mainly in the case of courses that are studied and examined for several programmes and in lower grades (i.e. 1 and 2). 

Examinations for courses that the board of studies has decided are to be held in alternate years are held three times during the school year in which the course is given according to the principles stated above.

Examinations for courses that are cancelled or rescheduled such that they are not given in one or several years are held three times during the year that immediately follows the course, with examination scheduling that corresponds to the scheduling that was in force before the course was cancelled or rescheduled.

When a course is given for the last time, the regular examination and two re-examinations will be offered. Thereafter, examinations are phased out by offering three examinations during the following academic year at the same times as the examinations in any substitute course. If there is no substitute course, three examinations will be offered during re-examination periods during the following academic year. Other examination times are decided by the board of studies. In all cases above, the examination is also offered one more time during the academic year after the following, unless the board of studies decides otherwise.

If a course is given during several periods of the year (for programmes, or on different occasions for different programmes) the board or boards of studies determine together the scheduling and frequency of re-examination occasions.

Registration for examination

In order to take an examination, a student must register in advance at the Student Portal during the registration period, which opens 30 days before the date of the examination and closes 10 days before it. Candidates are informed of the location of the examination by email, four days in advance. Students who have not registered for an examination run the risk of being refused admittance to the examination, if space is not available.

Symbols used in the examination registration system:

  ** denotes that the examination is being given for the penultimate time.

  * denotes that the examination is being given for the last time.

Code of conduct for students during examinations

Details are given in a decision in the university’s rule book: http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/622682.

Retakes for higher grade

Students at the Institute of Technology at LiU have the right to retake written examinations and computer-based examinations in an attempt to achieve a higher grade. This is valid for all examination components with code “TEN” and "DAT". The same right may not be exercised for other examination components, unless otherwise specified in the course syllabus.

A retake is not possible on courses that are included in an issued degree diploma. 

Retakes of other forms of examination

Regulations concerning retakes of other forms of examination than written examinations and computer-based examinations are given in the LiU guidelines for examinations and examiners, http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/917592.

Plagiarism

For examinations that involve the writing of reports, in cases in which it can be assumed that the student has had access to other sources (such as during project work, writing essays, etc.), the material submitted must be prepared in accordance with principles for acceptable practice when referring to sources (references or quotations for which the source is specified) when the text, images, ideas, data, etc. of other people are used. It is also to be made clear whether the author has reused his or her own text, images, ideas, data, etc. from previous examinations, such as degree projects, project reports, etc. (this is sometimes known as “self-plagiarism”).

A failure to specify such sources may be regarded as attempted deception during examination.

Attempts to cheat

In the event of a suspected attempt by a student to cheat during an examination, or when study performance is to be assessed as specified in Chapter 10 of the Higher Education Ordinance, the examiner is to report this to the disciplinary board of the university. Possible consequences for the student are suspension from study and a formal warning. More information is available at https://www.student.liu.se/studenttjanster/lagar-regler-rattigheter?l=en.

Grades

The grades that are preferably to be used are Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass not without distinction (4) and Pass with distinction (5). 

  1. Grades U, 3, 4, 5 are to be awarded for courses that have written examinations.
  2. Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) may be awarded for courses with a large degree of practical components such as laboratory work, project work and group work.
  3. Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) are to be used for degree projects and other independent work.

Examination components

  1. Grades U, 3, 4, 5 are to be awarded for written examinations (TEN).
  2. Examination components for which the grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) may be awarded are laboratory work (LAB), project work (PRA), preparatory written examination (KTR), oral examination (MUN), computer-based examination (DAT), home assignment (HEM), and assignment (UPG).
  3. Students receive grades either Fail (U) or Pass (G) for other examination components in which the examination criteria are satisfied principally through active attendance such as other examination (ANN), tutorial group (BAS) or examination item (MOM).
  4. Grades Fail (U) and Pass (G) are to be used for the examination components Opposition (OPPO) and Attendance at thesis presentation (AUSK) (i.e. part of the degree project).

For mandatory components, the following applies: If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component. (In accordance with the LiU Guidelines for education and examination for first-cycle and second-cycle education at Linköping University, http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/917592). 

For written examinations, the following applies: If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives. (In accordance with the LiU Guidelines for education and examination for first-cycle and second-cycle education at Linköping University, http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/VisaBeslut/917592).

The examination results for a student are reported at the relevant department.

Regulations (apply to LiU in its entirety)

The university is a government agency whose operations are regulated by legislation and ordinances, which include the Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance. In addition to legislation and ordinances, operations are subject to several policy documents. The Linköping University rule book collects currently valid decisions of a regulatory nature taken by the university board, the vice-chancellor and faculty/department boards.

LiU’s rule book for education at first-cycle and second-cycle levels is available at http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/Innehall/Utbildning_pa_grund-_och_avancerad_niva. 

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