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CRMJ 2050 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

CRMJ 2050 - Introduction to Cybersecurity

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This is an introductory course designed to familiarize students with the concepts of cybersecurity. The course will prepare students for succeeding courses in cybersecurity and forensics. This course is not designed to transfer (NT). (Formerly numbered CJT 241).

Course Outcomes:

This course provides the foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information assets. The purpose of the course is to provide the student with an overview of the field of information security and assurance.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • Determine the levels of protection and response to security incidents
  • Design a consistent, reasonable information security system, with appropriate intrusion detection and reporting features
  • Identify the spectrum of security activities, methods, methodologies, and procedures
  • Perform inspection and protection of information assets
  • Detect and react to threats to information assets
  • Examine pre- and post-incident procedures
  • Provide technical and managerial responses
  • Present an overview of information security planning and staffing functions
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Prerequisites: Satisfactory placement scores.

Course Topics:

Specific topic coverage includes:

  • Introduction to Information Security
  • The Need for Security
  • Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Information Security
  • Risk Management
  • Planning for Security
  • Security Technology: Firewalls, VPNs, and Wireless
  • Security Technology: Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems and Other Security Tools
  • Cryptography
  • Physical Security
  • Implementing Information Security
  • Security and Personnel
  • Information Security Maintenance and eDiscovery
Specific Course Requirements:


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Any supplementary materials needed will be packaged on the media that comes with the textbook.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Grading Procedures:

The course is designed so that students can earn up to 2,400 points.

Course grades will consist of:

  • Discussion Questions
  • Module Homework Exercises
  • Module quizzes
  • Case Study Assignments
  • Hands-on-Lab Exercises
  • Final Exam
Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
  2160 - 2400 points  A
  1920 - 2159 points  B
  1680 - 1919 points  C
  1440 - 1679 points  D
  under 1440 points  F

Graded Items

  12 Discussions, @ 25 points each  300 points
  12 Discussions, @ 25 points each  300 points
  12 Module Quizzes, @ 50 points each  600 points
  6 Case Study Assignments, @ 100 points each  600 points
  6 Hands-on-Lab Exercises, @ 50 points each  600 points
  1 Final Exam, @ 300 points each  300 points
  Total points  2,400 points
Assignments and Projects:

Assignments with due dates are posted in the Course Content section as well as the Dropbox. Each student is responsible for completing each assignment according to the posted deadlines.

Class Participation:

Class participation is essential for learning. Participation involves:

  • students logging in to D2L frequently
  • students viewing all course materials provided in D2L
  • course communication accomplished primarily through online discussions
  • a thorough and honest approach to completing homework assignments and assessments

Participation and attendance will be monitored through D2L.

Late Policy:

Make-up Policy:
Make-up exams may be allowed in the following circumstances:

  1. Serious illness of the student.
  2. Serious illness or death in the student’s immediate family.
  3. Immediate family or financial obligations which require a change in terms, hours or place of employment which prevents completion of a course.

Note: This list is not all inclusive. The instructor may determine other circumstances as acceptable if necessary.

Homework assignments will be submitted electronically and cannot be made up.

Late Policy:
Late assignments may be accepted if similar circumstances to the ones listed above apply. If accepted, late submissions will be penalized a minimum of 10 percent of the point total for that assignment. Note: Exceptions may be made to the make-up and late policies in extreme circumstances at the instructor's discretion.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on August 16, 2017