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Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara
Computer Science Department
TC2027 Computer and Information Security
August to December, 2016

flickr photo by Colette Cassinelli shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license
flickr photo by Colette Cassinelli shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

Course Description

Course objective

Upon completion of this course, students will have gained an overview of the area of computer security and the basic knowledge needed to understand the risks, threats and vulnerabilities of computer systems in today’s world, as well as the controls and protection methods against possible attacks, which are indispensable for these systems to work properly in contemporary companies. They will also be familiar with the existing national and international laws related to computer system security.


No official textbook, we will be using various resources during the course


I am applying an #AbolishGrading policy in this course. Partial and final grades will be negotiated between each student and the instructor. I will provide more details about how this works but rest assured that you will receive the grade you deserve based on you presenting evidence of knowledge/mastery/learning and collaboration about the content in the course.

Grading Note for all students

Your grade will be multiplied by 0.95 and then include 5% of the grade from the “Semana i”

Learning Evidence

You will create and share a publicly visible blog for this course. You can use an existing blog (with some work to isolate your work in this course from other posts) but it is probably best to create your own blog. More details in assignments.


This is the purpose of your blog. Be creative and create evidence in any way you like. Write code, write prose, write poems, songs, record videos. The choice is yours. This is your space and you own it, I want you to feel proud of your work. Also, remember that your blog content will be syndicated (pushed) to the course blog so please take care in your choice of language, images and other media. We aim to share about our work but not offend others. We (students and faculty) have all signed a code of ethics here at the Tecnológico de Monterrey and need to keep those points in mind.

This Course is Different than Others

Note that we are using an educational paradigm that is called the “Flipped Classroom” (but very much in Ken’s style) in this course. This will be a change for you in that you are responsible for reviewing any videos, reading of textbooks or other materials requested outside of classroom time. The time inside the classroom is principally dedicated to actively programming or asking questions about programming problems or theory from materials that you or your classmates did not understand.

This means that you need to arrive to the classroom ready to program. I am a big proponent of “pair-progamming” as well as “pair learning” which means I often will ask you to work in pairs at the computers. You should however ensure you have your personal computers setup with the tools we need for the course.

Are you curious about other student’s reactions to this course? You can read my summary of student evaluation comments (the Good, the Bad and the Ugly) on a blog post I wrote about it.

flickr photo by Cayusa shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license
flickr photo by Cayusa shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

You can also find many other videos and blogs from previous students located in the #Bonus section of various instances of my classes in the past. I should be creating a catalog of my previous courses (for students and teachers) on the main page of my site

Important Dates

The dates of partial exams and final exams for all courses follow the general academic calendar which can be found at

Assignment Details

All assignments are optional. Do the ones that you feel are useful to you in order to show your mastery in the course. If you are in doubt, just do all of them but the choice is yours. Despite all assignments being optional, part of your justifying your grade will be showing what work you have done to show your knowledge of the course content.

Course Policies

Have fun, learn, share with others and help others learn.

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