General Information


Matt Bishop
Web site:
Phone: (530) 752-8060
Office: 2209 Watershed Science
Office hours: Mon 10:00am–10:50am; Wed 3:10pm–4:00pm; Fri 4:10pm–5:00pm


MWF 1:10pm–2:00pm in 1 Wellman

Discussion Section

F 9:00am–9:50am in 1 Wellman

Course Outline

Principles and sound practices of computer security with an emphasis on practical, real-world understanding and application in everyday life. ÊDetails will include data protection, Internet security, and malicious software, while applications discussed will include security in Windows, “smart” phones, social networking, electronic voting, electronic medical records, the power grid, and other areas that non-CS majors are likely to encounter.

Course Goals

Some goals we hope you achieve:


Knowledge of computers at the level of ECS 15, Introduction to Computers



Class Web Site

The class web site is on SmartSite. To access it, go to and log in using your campus login and password. Then go to ECS 155 in your schedule. Handouts and other documents will be posted there. We will also post announcements there, too. If you do not have access to SmartSite, you can go to the alternate web site at You can download the handouts from that site, but you cannot look at your grades or submit homework there.


Homework will be handed out in class and be available on SmartSite. Please submit your homework through SmartSite. Please turn it in on time. We will take late homework up to the beginning of the next class period, but will deduct 20% of your score as a late penalty.

Extra Credit

Extra credit in this course will be tallied separately from regular scores. If you end up on a borderline between two grades at the end of the course, extra credit will count in your favor. However, failure to do extra credit will never be counted against you, because grades are assigned on the basis of regular scores. You should do extra credit if you find it interesting and think that it might teach you something. Remember, though, it is not wise to skimp on the regular assignment in order to do extra credit!


Homework   50%
Midterm   20%
Final   30%


Midterm: Monday, November 4, in class
Final: Wednesday. December 11, 10:30am–12:30pm
These are closed book/closed notes exams. No early or late exam will be given; if you miss an exam for medical reasons (you must document this; no other excuses are acceptable), you may be allowed or required to take a make-up exam, or the other parts of the course will be counted proportionally more (the choice is the instructorÕs). In particular, forgetting the time or place of an exam is not an excuse for missing it!

Academic Integrity

The UC Davis Code of Academic Conduct, available at, applies to this class. In particular, for this course: A good analogy between appropriate discussion and inappropriate collaboration is the following: you and a fellow student are each writing a book on the same topic. You and your competitor might choose to discuss general information about the topic, and sources, but you certainly would not exchange drafts or write sections for each other. Ask the instructor for clarification beforehand if the above rules are not clear.

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