Master Of Science (Information Assurance)

Program Overview

Introduction

Information Assurance (IA) is the practice of assuring information and managing risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data and the systems and processes used for those purposes. While focused dominantly on information in digital form, the full range of IA encompasses not only digital but also analog or physical form. Information assurance as a field has grown from the practice of information security which in turn grew out of practices and procedures of computer security. Generally, IA is considered more of the strategic risk management of information systems rather than the creation and application of security controls. In addition to defending against malicious hackers and codes (e.g., viruses), IA practitioners consider corporate governance issues such as privacy, regulatory and standards compliance, auditing, business continuity, and disaster recovery as they relate to information systems. Further, while information security draws primarily from computer science, IA is an interdisciplinary field requiring expertise in accounting, fraud examination, forensic science, management science, systems engineering, security engineering, and criminology, in addition to computer science. Therefore, IA is best thought of as a superset of information security, integrating people, technology and operations to establish security and protection across multiple layers and dimensions.

The MSc (Information Assurance) programme offered by UTM AIS will be the integration of digital forensic science, security engineering, IT risk management of management systems and standard compliance towards a safe and secured Information Society against emerging threats.

Program Outcome

This programme is able to produce students be able :

  1. Integrate and generate in-depth information assurance knowledge in professional practices for the benefit of information assurance discipline.
  2. Organise, construct and verify a set of activities to solve information  problem.
  3. Evaluate situations and react and display through discussion and communication among peers and others.
  4. Integrate information assurance professional ethics in the profession, organisation and society.
  5. Organise and adapt contemporary knowledge independently and manage information effectively and securely.
  6. Demonstrate managerial and enterprising skills.

Mode of Study
Course Work

Mode Min Semester Max Semester
Full time 3 6
Part time 4 8

 

Location

This program will be conducted at Advanced Informatics School (UTM AIS), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

Language
English language is the main medium for teaching & learning activities

Career Opportunity
Graduates of the programme can work as Information Assurance Analysts, Information Security Officers, Information Assurance Architects, Information Assurance Managers, Academics, Security Analysts, Information Assurance Policy Developers, and Information Assurance Risk Analysts.

 

Security Career Road Map based on SANS Security

Program Structure
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Synopsis of Subjects

A. CORE COURSES

MANQ1013 Human Information Processing
This course is about the information explosion and information processing by humans. It covers history of mankind in relation to information development and subsequently the psychology of the individual as a member of the global village. Social culture of local, regional and international settings is discussed in terms of some popular and commonly used theories, models, real cases and nature of social information processing.  At the end of this course, students are able to postulate and anticipate the potential effects and impacts of certain information systems or applications on individuals, communities of practice and societies.

MANQ1023 Information Engineering
The course focuses on the advanced principles of data modeling of information in a business enterprise using appropriate modelling techniques. The topics include four main components which are (1) Advanced Information System and Information Engineering; (2) Enterprise and Technology Architecture and Organizational Business Strategy; (3) Software Design and Information Retrieval and (4) Managing Big Data.

MANQ1033 Entrepreneurial Learning Organization and Culture
The course will explore issues facing corporations as they attempt to create a sustainable competitive advantage through entrepreneurial activities.The primary focus is on the application of information technologies to transform organizations and improve performance, as well as innovations in business strategy by examining the design of organization’s structure and business processes. The course further developed an understanding of the concept and the strategic and organizational implications of E-Business, reflecting on changes in the business environment and developments in internet related technologies. The role of enterprise systems such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) in E-Business will also be looked into.

MANQ1043 User Experience and Interaction Design
This course emphasizes on the notion of “interaction with digital technology” with a focus on the design concepts of modern user experience design and evaluation. It provides students in-depth knowledge about interaction design principles including concepts, process, interface metaphors, types, theories and models. Knowledge of interaction conceptualization, cognitive aspects, social interaction, emotional interaction, type of interfaces and design process are also covered. The interaction design process includes data gathering, analysis, prototyping and evaluation of various information systems including online systems, mobile devices and latest gadgets based on different user needs and technological contexts.

MANQ1053 Enterprise Architecture
This course provides students in-depth knowledge on existing policies, standards,   and procedures that support the management of information for effective enterprise change. Technology and content to be covered involves concept of information which is used and applied to activities that require explicit details of information technologies (IT). This includes IT service delivery and support and IT implementation. In addition, this course focuses on the three enterprise architecture methodologies ie. Zachman Framework, TOGAF and  Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA). At the end of this course students are able to articulate critically the various EA in aligning business strategies with technology capabilities while translating IT contribution to organization revenue.

MANQ1063 Service Innovation Technology
This course focuses on the aspect of identifying and delivering value and business capabilities to an organization by orchestrating the right infrastructure architecture from the perspective of (internal) clients of the IT Department.  Students are required to study, compare and propose practicable solutions based on infrastructure and technologies necessary to achieve service innovation for organizational transformations.  Best practices used in a wide range of industrial sectors will be examined in-depth using case studies. Topics include internet-of-things, SSME, cloud computing, virtualization, green computing, mobile technologies, information risks, business value and capability.

UANP0013 Research Methodology
This course discusses the principles of research methodology which include a general introduction to postgraduate research, its methodologies and organization. It is designed to support postgraduate students in developing their research proposal and to guide students through a range of issues and considerations which should inform their general approach to research. Students will learn a range of research tools, and will be equipped to plan and organize their research, as well as to communicate their findings.

 

B. ELECTIVE COURSES : SELECT THREE (3) COURSES ONLY

MANQ 2193 Advanced Seminar on Informatics
This advanced seminar provides opportunities for students to develop areas of interest by identifying current research related to Business, Education, Social, Pervasive, and Health Informatics. Students are will present their research interests to the class. The seminar is designed for individuals with all levels of experience to develop their research skills. The skills developed through the participation of this seminar are directly transferable and can be applied in variety of contexts and work environments. At the end of the course, students will be able to develop a concept paper of their research area of interest.

MANQ2113 Strategic Business Informatics
This course provides students in-depth knowledge on strategic business informatics, systems and the role information plays in organizations. Therefore, this course focuses on evaluating the methods on enterprise systems, critically analyzing E-commerce and E-business properties, formulating contingencies planning for business, designing strategic knowledge management, identifying and assessing risk management and evaluating the cloud computing issues for business application. In summary, students will able to summarize, adapt and solve using appropriate strategic business informatics knowledge in order to solve business and organizational problems.

MANQ2143 Healthcare Informatics
This course engages students to critically explore the principle of health informatics and analyse the critical uses of ICT to support health care. The cases to be utilized in this course  are mainly related with IT Management and Planning in Healthcare, Advanced Healthcare Application, and Contemporary Methodology Issues in Healthcare. Further, the students should able to develop skills in developing requirement and representation of healthcare application, managing healthcare informatics projects, addressing privacy and security issues in healthcare, evaluating methods in health informatics, presenting ideas about important issues of respective healthcare application and conducting informatics research in healthcare.

MANQ 2153 Educational Informatics
Educational Informatics is a field that integrates Informatics into Educational areas of concern.  At the end of the course, students will be able to apply, develop, analyze and evaluate models that use Informatics in teaching, learning and assessment activities. Topics covered include Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) Model, TEL Success Factors, Adaptive Intelligent Educational Systems, Adaptive Instructional/Learning Design Models, Personal Learning Environment Approach, Learning as a Network Approach, Knowledge Ecology, Social Software-Supported Learning Framework, Technology-Enhanced Assessment, and Educational Informatics Research Areas.

MANQ2213 Social Informatics and Innovation
This course focuses on the social analyses of information system. Topics covered the principles of social informatics, information society, social-technical interaction networks (STIN) and social analysis of computing.  This course also emphasized on the concepts and techniques for the social design of information system. Ubiquitous communication, progressive, affective and  assistive technologies also will be discussed. Details on the topic related with computing and cyberspace such as cyber ethics, cyber crimes and privacy will be emphasized.  Students are required to evaluate the social aspects of various information system   and defend on how to improve the social design of any information system.

MANQ 2223 Media Informatics and Visual Computing
This course is about media  technology related to visual perspective. It covers the information visualization techniques approach such as technical and interactive. Interactive media like   augmented reality technology and its visualization technique will be covered in this course. Besides that, this course also give the situation how to merge the technology in supporting working environment which known as computer support collaborative work. At the end of this course students are able to develop a simple augmented reality system and able to explain the information visualization technique in augmented reality which also emphasize on the multidisciplinary design.

MANQ2243 Trends and Issues in e-Communities
This course equips students with knowledge about the trends and issues in e-Communities. Student will be exposed to the importance of new ways of communication within a community. Topics that will be covered include thesociological theory and practice in e-Communities.This course also covers the knowledge of the physical and logical aspects of e-Communities. Students will also explore the practical issues of design, use of online tools to support communities and the impact on community.

MANQ 2133 Network and Service Economy Systems & Technology
This course is meant to deepen the students knowledge into service economy and networks from the angle of the new economy i.e. service economy.  Participants will be discussing the infrastructure, the software and the recent theories and practices in the service industry. Students will be able to tie the demands and characteristics of service industry with the support given by the ICT and web technology. In addition, they will be able to critically analyze and propose new techniques about Business Intelligence, which plays a major role in decision making for services industry.

MANQ 2123 Enterprise Information System
This course covers the different types of enterprise systems, how they are used to manage an organization’s processes, re-engineering the business with enterprise systems.   It focuses on methods used by information systems practitioners to meet the information needs of enterprises, issues surrounding the development and deployment of enterprise information system in large business settings. Factors for successful implementation, management and maintenance of such systems are also addressed.  Special emphasis will be placed on the relationships of business strategy and the strategic role of enterprise information system.    Enterprise IT alignment will also be discussed to achieve organizational competitive advantage.   Topics include EBPA (Enterprise Business Process Analysis), ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), SCM (Supply Chain Management), CRM (Customer Relationship Management), Enterprise Applications Integration.   This course will help students develop problem-solving skills in practical situations related to enterprise process and data modeling.

MANQ2233 Virtual Communication Technology
Virtual and global teams need collaboration and communication strategies and technology in order to participate together in projects and team meetings, to perform their daily work, and to share and store information. This course explores a number of collaboration and communication strategies that virtual teams can use to communicate person-to-person and as a group. Concepts covered include the principles that make e-collaboration successful; collaboration suites and knowledge resource strategies; information sharing, information broadcasting and information gathering techniques; and hands-on experience with forming virtual teams for projects in order to research and practice various collaboration and communication strategies.

MANQ2253 Secure Pervasive Development
This course on developing a secured client server applications on the Internet, inculcating the advanced principles of Secured Development lifecycle (SDLC) in Project Management. Students will be able to operate SDLC on various platform. Topics covered including:

  1. The framework and tools of SDLC  in Project Management
  2. Network programming fundamentals (TCP and UDP) using C/C++ and Java
  3. Client-server network programming especially for secured PhP for the server and Android mobile clients
  4. Evaluate various platforms or operating systems in mobile apps (iOS, RIM Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian and JME), apps programming languages (C/C++ and Java) and connectivity knowledge (Synch, etc.)
  5. Compare and analyse various applications in mobile devices including  tablets and smart phone in different platform (iOS, RIM Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian and JME)

  

C. UNIVERSITY COURSES

UHAP 6013 Seminar on Global Development, Economic and Social Issues
Discussion on this subject includes issues related to globalization and development, economic and social crisis that has become a global concern. It aims in developing skills in understanding and analyzing global issues and recommending relevant solutions. Issues will be discussed in details.

UHAZ 6123 Malaysian Society and Culture
This course is designed for international postgraduates from countries of non-Malay origins. Students will be exposed to various aspects of the Malaysian culture such as  belief system, religious festivals, customs and etiquettes of different ethnic groups in Malaysia. Emphasis will be given to the Malay culture as it makes the core for the Dasar Kebudayaan Kebangsaan. Students will also be briefly introduced to basics of Malay language as the national language of Malaysia.

ULAM 6323 Malay Language for Postgraduates
This course is designed for international Master and Doctor of Philosophy students from countries of Malay origins such as Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and South Thailand. Students will be exposed to scientific paper writing. In this course, students are given an overview of scientific writing. They are also taught about the scientific paper writing method, particularly academic writing style. Furthermore, students are also thought about writing formats such as collections, bibliographies and editing to fit the format described academic writing UTM.

Fees and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement
Bachelor degree in any major e.g. B.A, B.Sc, B.Eng, etc
UTM Undergraduates with CGPA 3.00 or others (accredited by LAN) CGPA 3.00
Prior learning experience with these requirements:

  • B.Sc holder in IT and Non- IT Degree
  • Full-filled pre-requisite subjects (refer to table curriculum structure)
  • Relevant working experience (if CGPA less than 3.0)
  • Transferred credit (based on UTM transferred credit regulation)

International Student English Requirements
Upon being accepted into the program, all international candidates are required to produce their English Qualification in the form of IELTS (min 6.0) or TOEFL (min 550).

All international students applying to UTM must have a valid two-year old TOEFL or IELTS certificate.

For exempted from the UTM English language requirement, click here.

Program Fees

Mode of Study Local (RM) International (RM)
Full time 13,000 25,000
Part time 15,000 30,000
  1. All tuition fee must be paid at the beginning of each semester
  2. The personal bond (RM1,500) do not include in the tuition fees for International students only.
  3. Total tuition fee for both programs are subject to normal duration
  4. Any extra semester will be charge according to university charges
  5. Personal bond is refundable after full settlement of the tuition fees.
  6. All payments should be made to “Bendahari UTM” via bank draft and addressed directly to Finance Office, Advanced Informatics School (UTM AIS), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Jalan Semarak, 54100 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA.

*Personal bond may vary to countries and refundable after full settlement of the tuition fee
** Reimbursable upon graduation

Application
All applications must be made online through School of Postgraduate Studies official website.

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