Security, Confidentiality and Legal Issues (SCLIM)

Unit handbook 2001-2002 semester 2

Unit co-ordinator

Dr Jim Briggs

email:; phone: 023 9284 6438; office: Burnaby Terrace, BT1.08

Staff involved in delivering the unit

Jim Briggs

Unit specification
Learning outcomes
  1. Identify the technical aspects of computer data security.
  2. Review the legal and political attempts to protect computer data and ensure citizensí rights to confidentiality.
  3. Describe the particular issues surrounding the confidentiality of healthcare information.
  4. Appraise an industry sector's approach to patient confidentiality.

Teaching consists of 9 x 2-hour sessions. These have been timetabled for 0900-1100 on Tuesdays beginning on 12th February 2002. The course runs in weeks 29-33, 37, 39, 41-42 (gaps are for the Easter vacation and supervised work sessions for other units).

Venue: Lion Gate room 2T2

A more detailed schedule is available (subject to change)

Learning activities

Each course session will be a seminar discussing a particular topic. Students are expected to have read widely in the topic area in the week preceding the session and to be prepared to discuss what they have read.

Assessments and their weighting

Essay/practical (50%)

Students should agree an essay topic with the unit co-ordinator. The topic may be anything within the scope of the course. In exceptional circumstances, the essay may be substituted by an agreed piece of practical work. The normal length for the essay is circa 3000 words.

The deadline for submission is Tuesday 7th May 2002. You should submit it to the Administration office after completing the necessary front sheet.

Presentation (50%)

In addition, each student gives a 30-minute presentation on his or her topic, and answers the questions of the other students. Peer assessment will form part of the marking of this. This will take place on Tuesday 14th May 2002, in room LG 2T2 starting at 0900.

More details of the presentations.


If you encounter difficulties with this assessment or require clarification of any point, please consult the member of staff who set it (Dr J S Briggs). Other members of staff and other students are not allowed to offer direct help or hints.

Your attention is drawn to University and Departmental regulations on plagiarism.

Submission dates

Essay: Tuesday 7th May 2002

Presentation: Tuesday 14th May 2002

Feedback arrangements (staff to students) No formal arrangements. Students can discuss issues that arise at any time with the staff responsible for delivering the unit.
Feedback arrangements (students to staff)

Students will be invited to complete a course evaluation questionnaire at the end of the course.

Feedback from last year's students.

Marking scheme

Essay marking criteria

Presentation marking criteria


Course materials that include quotations from Acts of Parliament or other government documents are reproduced with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

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