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General Course Information for WCM605: Wireless Systems Security

Course: WCM605 - Wireless Systems Security
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: Security and privacy issues in wireless voice and data. Ensuring confidentiality, integrity, availability and non-repudiability. Identification, authentication, and encryption protocols. Data Encryption Standard (DES), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). Secure distribution of encryption keys. Use of WPA in Wireless LANs.Ethical issues in wireless communications.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the ethical aspects in communication systems.
  • Identify and recognize the types of threats common to information systems.
  • Investigate and review the major Policy and Architectural Models for IT Security Management (addressing the five "Ps", people, policies, practices, processes and procedures).
  • Define the top 20 IT security threats and identify appropriate courses of action to address these risks.
  • Illustrate the technologies and policies that are compromised by common security threats and map them to accountability chains.
  • Identify steps for recovery, including policies, technologies and products.
  • Create a policy workbook based on standard checklists, inventories and guidelines to give your organization a proactive approach to securing your information.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
    • Build security into wireless communications systems and contrast ethical and legal issues in the global telecommunications industry.
    • Conduct research into a specific wireless communication topic, including finding and integrating relevant research results of others.
    • Demonstrate critical thinking and ability to analyze and synthesize wireless communications concepts, project management principles, and ethical standards.
    • Evaluate and forecast economic impact of continually advancing technologies on wireless service, equipment, application providers, and consumers.
    • Evaluate wireless networking, protocols, architectures, and standards to the development and design of wireless communication systems.
    • Plan, integrate and implement multiple types of Second (2G) and Third Generation (3G) wireless networks.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures