Internet Explorer 7, 8, and 9 are no longer supported. Please use a newer browser.
Concourse works best with JavaScript enabled.
San Jose State University logo

College of Professional and Global Education · School of Information

Information Security Overview
INFM 202

  • Spring Session I 2023
  • Section 10
  • 1 Unit(s)
  • 01/09/2023 to 03/05/2023
  • Modified 05/22/2023

Canvas Information: Courses will be available January 9th (Beginning of INFM Session I), 6 am PT. This course is 4 weeks long and will end on February 5th. 

You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.

Contact Information

Dr. Tonia San Nicolas-Rocca
Office Hours: Virtually, by appointment via email, in Zoom.

Course Description and Requisites

Fundamentals of network security, compliance and operational security; threats and vulnerabilities; application, data, and host security; access control and identity management; and cryptography. Students are provided with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience using typical cybersecurity solutions.


Graduate Standing or Instructor Consent.

Classroom Protocols


Students are expected to participate fully in all class activities. It is expected that students will be open-minded and participate fully in discussions in class and debate in a mature and respectful manner. Use of derogatory, condescending, or offensive language including profanity is prohibited. Disagreement is healthy and perfectly acceptable. Expressing disagreement should always include an explanation of your reasoning and, whenever possible, evidence to support your position. In accordance with San José State University's Policies, the Student Code of Conduct, and applicable state and federal laws, discrimination based on gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability is prohibited in any form.

Program Information

Course Workload

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group; contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Goals

SLOs and PLOs

This course supports Informatics SLO 5: Demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of network security, compliance, and risk mitigation by evaluating and applying cybersecurity solutions to specific organizational security problems.

SLO 5 supports the following Informatics Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

  • PLO 1 Apply technology informatics skills to solve specific industry data and information management problems, with a focus on usability and designing for users.
  • PLO 3 Demonstrate strong understanding of security and ethics issues related to informatics, user interface, and inter-professional application of informatics in specific fields by designing and implementing appropriate information assurance and ethics and privacy solutions.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Recognize and describe information security threats and vulnerabilities.
  2. Understand and evaluate information systems security controls.
  3. Use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary to protect and safeguard information resources.

Course Materials


Recommended Textbooks:

  • Ciampa, M. (2021). CompTIA security+ guide to network security fundamentals (7th ed.). Cengage. Available through Amazon: 0357424379

Course Requirements and Assignments

All of the course lectures are pre-recorded. There will generally be one lecture given each week. Any live Zoom sessions (e.g. training sessions) will be recorded for later listening. There are no mandatory live sessions.

Formal assignments for this course are as follows:

Assignment and Due Dates Learning Outcomes Portion of Course Grade


  • Infosec Lab 1-3, due January 15
  • Infosec Lab 4-7, due January 22
  • Infosec Labs 8-11, due January 29
  • Infosec Lab 12-15, due February 5



  • Discussion Post Introduction, due January 11
  • Data Breach Analysis, due January 22
  • Verizon's 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report, due January 29



  • Comprehensive Exam, due February 5
1-3 20%
  • Labs (CLO#1-3)

Students are to complete lab assignments. Lab assignments provide students a real-life look at the use of various tools and systems that are used to mitigate network attacks. Students must have access to Infosec to complete lab assignments.

  • Discussion Posts (CLO#1-2)

Students will participate in the discussion board by providing ideas and/or opinions relating to assigned readings and lectures, and current events. Discussion board participation cannot be made-up once the discussion has been completed.

  • Exam (CLO#1-2)

Students will complete a comprehensive exam at the end of the four-week semester.

Late Assignment Policy:

Late assignments will not be accepted after 5 days past the due date. Late assignments submitted after the assignment deadline will receive a 50% point reduction, and 10% for each day up to 5 days based on the total point value of the assignment. No points will be awarded after 5 days late.

Discussion board postings will not be accepted for credit after the module's discussion has ended.

All course materials must be completed by the last day of the class.

NOTE: Students should provide their initial discussion board as early as possible to leave ample time for follow-up discussion. Please participate early and actively in the required discussions.

Assignments Due:

Unless otherwise noted, each module begins on Monday and ends on Sunday. Assignments will be due by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on the due date.

Grading Information

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100A
94 to 96A minus
91 to 93B plus
88 to 90B
85 to 87B minus
82 to 84C plus
79 to 81C
76 to 78C minus
73 to 75D plus
70 to 72D
67 to 69D minus
Below 67F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9 (PDF), relevant university policy concerning all courses, such as student responsibilities, academic integrity, accommodations, dropping and adding, consent for recording of class, etc. and available student services (e.g. learning assistance, counseling, and other resources) are listed on the Syllabus Information web page. Make sure to visit this page to review and be aware of these university policies and resources.