Outcomes-based assessment as an assurance education tool

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Abstract

The goal of Syracuse University's Certificate of Advanced Study in Systems Assurance (CASSA) program is to develop students who (1) comprehend the concepts underlying security and system assurance; (2) can apply those concepts to construct assured systems; and (3) can critically analyze and evaluate systems' conformance to their requirements. Because of this third requirement, a key component of the CASSA program is an emphasis on using formal mathematics and logic to provide a rigorous basis for the assurance of information and information systems. Our purpose in writing this paper is twofold. The first is to report on our progress in delivering an assurance curriculum with a strong emphasis on logic and formal methods. Specifically, we describe what we are teaching in two of our foundational courses, as well as what our students are learning. The second and broader purpose is to advocate the use of an outcome-based approach when developing IA courses and curricula. We have found that focusing on the desired educational outcomes from the outset has made it easier to identify what is working and what is not, and we wish to share our experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSecurity Education and Critical Infrastructures - IFIP TC11/WG11.8 3rd Annual World Conference on Information Security Education, WISE 3
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages179-196
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781475764918
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
EventIFIP TC11/WG11.8 3rd Annual World Conference on Information Security Education, WISE 3 - Monterey, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 26 2003Jun 28 2003

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume125
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Other

OtherIFIP TC11/WG11.8 3rd Annual World Conference on Information Security Education, WISE 3
CountryUnited States
CityMonterey, CA
Period6/26/036/28/03

Keywords

  • Assessment of student learning
  • Assurance
  • Educational outcomes
  • Formal methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management

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