Engaging Students through Reflective Practice Assessment within a Software Security Lifecycle

Author:
Elena Sitnikova, Ray Hunt
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01 July 2012
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Recognized current industry demand for qualified software security professionals has fostered educators to develop innovative courseware that increases the ability of students to apply theory into practice and reflects what they have learnt in a real world context. This paper describes a reflective practice assessment task newly introduced in the Software Security Lifecycle course within the Master of Science (Cyber Security and Forensic Computing) program at the University of South Australia. The paper describes our experience in constructing this courseware task to balance the content of lectures and content of hands-on practicals delivered in our security laboratory during the specially allocated timeframe - an intensive week study workshop. It also provides preliminary students’ responses to the relevance of reflective practice in their assessment; and the overall impact of this courseware task on students.

Engaging Students through Reflective Practice Assessment within a Software Security Lifecycle