Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
NMD3006 Digital Security Spring 3 0 3 5
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi SİNAN AŞÇI
Course Lecturer(s): BEHLÜL CALISKAN
Recommended Optional Program Components: None.
Course Objectives: Given the level of insecurity surrounding the use of digital and mobile technology, protection of journalists’ identity and privacy is now crucial. None the less, digital technology also offers tools to minimize the dangers that they face on the job. This course aims to sensitize the students about challenges they face regarding the security of their online communications. The students will be equipped with tools and techniques enabling them to secure their Internet browsing, to protect themselves against digital surveillance to enhance the security of their digital data.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
The students who have succeeded in this course;

- has gained awareness of surveillance threats,
- has acquired knowledge on the concepts behind encryption and its safe use,
- can assess and create a threat model,
- is able to optimize digital devices and online accounts for safety,
- can conduct safe Internet research,
- is capable to encrypt online communication tools,
- is able to store date safely on digital devices as well as on the cloud.

Course Content

Since information technologies have become an intrinsic part of our lives, the concept of digital security widened as well. As right to privacy of personal data has been one of the hot debates of our age, digital security is a field that we need to gain more knowledge about. Throughout the semester the issue of digital security will be discussed not only on a technological level but also discussed on political, economic and social levels.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction to the course
2) Journalism in the age of mass surveillance
3) Introduction to threat modeling
4) System protection and operating system security
5) Safe surfing on the Internet
6) Data protection and deletion
7) E-mail encryption
8) Midterm exam
9) Secure messaging
10) Secure password creation and protection
11) Secure whistleblowing
12) Mobile security on iOS and Android devices
13) Desktop security on macOS and Windows devices
14) Review of the term


Course Notes / Textbooks: Carlsson, U., & Pöyhtäri, R. (2017). The Assault on Journalism. (Türkçe) Göteborg: Nordicom.

Çalışkan, B. (2019). Digital Security Awareness and Practices of Journalists in Turkey: A Descriptive Study. Conflict & Communication Online, 18 (1).

Electronic Frontier Foundation. Surveillance Self Defense: Tips, Tools and How-Tos for Safer Online Communication.

McGregor, S. (2021). Information security essentials: a guide for reporters, editors, and newsroom leaders. New York: Columbia University Press.

Poitras, L. (Director). (2014). Citizenfour [Movie].

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 10
Midterms 1 % 40
Final 1 % 50
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 13 3 39
Study Hours Out of Class 14 5 70
Midterms 1 3 3
Final 1 3 3
Total Workload 115

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) To be able to critically interpret and discuss the theories, the concepts, the traditions, and the developments in the history of thought which are fundamental for the field of new media, journalism and communication. 2
2) To be able to attain written, oral and visual knowledge about technical equipment and software used in the process of news and the content production in new media, and to be able to acquire effective abilities to use them on a professional level. 4
3) To be able to get information about the institutional agents and generally about the sector operating in the field of new media, journalism and communication, and to be able to critically evaluate them. 5
4) To be able to comprehend the reactions of the readers, the listeners, the audiences and the users to the changing roles of media environments, and to be able to provide and circulate an original contents for them and to predict future trends. 2
5) To be able to apprehend the basic theories, the concepts and the thoughts related to neighbouring fields of new media and journalism in a critical manner. 3
6) To be able to grasp global and technological changes in the field of communication, and the relations due to with their effects on the local agents. 4
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content. 5
8) To be able to develop acquired knowledge, skills and competence upon social aims by being legally and ethically responsible for a lifetime, and to be able to use them in order to provide social benefit. 3
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication. 4
10) To be able to improve skills on creating works in various formats and which are qualified to be published on the prestigious national and international channels. 5