Computer Security Systems Course Frequently Asked
This page is for students with questions who either want to take or
want to avoid taking Computer Science 530. For specific course
information on the current semester, please follow the link from the
Computer Science Department
web page. For information on the course during the Fall semester you
may also visit the course web
How can I obtain D-Clearance to take the course?
All students planning to take Computer Science 530 are required to
obtain D clearance prior to enrollment. Additionally, the department
offers placement exams several times a year and you must have passed
the appropriate placement exams or passed the appropriate
pre-requistie courses before you will be granted D clearance.
Students passing the placement exams will be
admitted to the course according to a priority policy set by the
Computer Science Department.
If the class is presently listed as full or you are otherwise unable
to obtain D clearance, please ask the department to add you to the
waiting list for the class, and show up for class on the first day.
Do not ask the instructor to sign your form for admission. I leave it
to the department to decide who is admitted to the class based on
their priorities, and I will not make decisions on an individual basis
of who gets in and who does not.
It is not possible for me to be present on the day of the
mid-term or final, can arrangements be made to make up the exam?
No, it is not possible for us to make arrangements for a make up exam.
We can not administer the same exam earlier or later than we do to the
rest of the class since that would compromise exam security. Further,
since it takes significant effort to write a good exam (typically 10
hours to develop each question), and since it is practically impossible
to fairly grade two different exams, we are unwilling to make that
effort to accommodate the needs of a small number of students.
The dates of the exams are listed in the syllabus and are known before
the start of the semester. If you can not be present on the date of
the mid-term or final exam, you should plan to take a different course
this semester, one with different exam dates.
Will you be teaching CSci530 this semester?
I teach the Computer Security Systems course (CSci530) only during the
fall semester. Another instructor, usually teaches the class in the
Is the material covered different from semester to semester?
The material covered during the fall semester is similar from year to
year though we do add and delete topics from the reading list to keep
the material current and on occasion we change the text book. Though
the material is similar in the spring semester, there is a slightly