Systems Governance

Unit code: COMP60721
Credit Rating: 15
Unit level: Level 6
Teaching period(s): Semester 1
Offered by School of Computer Science
Available as a free choice unit?: Y




This course unit covers the coordination of business decision making for the assurance of information. It concentrates how business responsibilities consider security in strategy, acquisition, performance, conformance, and human behaviour.


IT governance is the framework that takes creative information systems from ideas to successful business tools. It's a toolbox of measures for taking the responsibility to build secure architectures that meet the exacting standards of today's budgets and the regulatory environment. Technology meets leadership meets design meets human factors meets compliance.

Teaching and learning methods


70% of contact time will be lectures.


30% of contact time will be group work in the lab.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes are detailed on the COMP60721 course unit syllabus page on the School of Computer Science's website for current students.

Employability skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Group/team working
  • Innovation/creativity
  • Leadership
  • Project management
  • Oral communication
  • Problem solving
  • Research
  • Written communication

Assessment methods

  • Written exam - 50%
  • Written assignment (inc essay) - 50%


  1. Security RACI - Responsibility, Accountability, Consulted and Informed
    • Leadership
    • Managing investments
    • IT and audit working together
  2. Strategic security
    • Risk management
    • Information security
    • Implementation roadmap
    • Architectures
  3. Security during acquisition
    • The business case
    • Supplier governance
  4. Performance of security measures
    • Capability assessment
    • IT service continuity
    • Performance measurement
  5. Conformance of information systems to security obligations
    • Legal and regulatory aspects
  6. Managing the human behaviour affecting the security of information systems
    • Communications

Recommended reading

COMP60721 reading list can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.

Feedback methods

This is an interactive module with in-class sessions and an on-line discussion board that operates through the week to keep up the pace between contact days.

Study hours

  • Independent study hours - 60 hours

Teaching staff

Daniel Dresner - Unit coordinator

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