CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT12202 Network Security Concepts
Network Security Concepts
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General Information

Overview

As the Internet becomes more pervasive, so do the threats to the security of our computer systems and communications. This unit provides students with grounding in security technology. Topics include network security fundamentals, access control and authentication, firewalls, wireless network security, intrusion detection systems and cryptographic techniques and their applications. The unit provides the knowledge requirements to sit the CompTIA Security and industry standard certification exam should students choose to once they have gained the required industry experience.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: COIT12206 OR COIT13147

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2017

Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
3. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Feedback

Feedback

More supporting software need to be installed in lab computers to perform tutorial.

Recommendation

Effective communication will be conducted with TaSAC to seek more support with needed software installation.

Feedback from Student Feedback

Feedback

An open book exam

Recommendation

More flexible examination methods will be provided.

Feedback from Self-reflection

Feedback

Lab activities

Recommendation

Hands-on projects will be designed based on different operating systems to enhance understanding on the knowledge of network security.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss general security concepts and define basic terminology
  2. Explain the role of network security technologies such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems and authentication
  3. Assess wireless security infrastructure and recognise threats and weaknesses
  4. Explain cryptographic mechanisms used to provide security
  5. Describe methods and technologies used to achieve operational and organisational security
  6. Apply the knowledge gained in the unit in practical exercises using common hardware and software

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • Problem Management (PBMG)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • System Design (DESN)
  • Service Desk and Incident Management (USUP)

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 25%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 25%
3 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

CompTIA security+ guide to network security fundamentals 5th (2015)

Authors: Ciampa, M
Cengage
Boston Boston , USA
ISBN: 978-1-305-09394-2 / 978-1-305-09391-1
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Bluestacks Android Emulator - An Android OS Emulator
  • HashTab - a GUI hash Generator
  • KeePass - A Free Open Source Password Manager
  • keylogger - A Type of Surveillance Software
  • SMAC 2.0 - MAC Address Changer
  • Snort - Network Intrusion Prevention And Detection System (NIPS - NIDS)
  • VirtualBox - A Virtualization Software Package
  • Wireshark - Network Protocol Analyser
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Yufeng Lin Unit Coordinator
y.lin@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 10 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Introduction to Security

Chapter

Introduction to Security (Ciampa, M. Chapter 1)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 17 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Theats

Chapter

Malware (Ciampa, M. Chapter 2); and Application and Network Attacks (Ciampa, M. Chapter 3)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 24 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Application, Data, and Host Security

Chapter

Host, Application, and Data Security (Ciampa, M. Chapter 4)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 31 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Cryptography: Basic

Chapter

Basic Cryptography (Ciampa, M. Chapter 5)

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 5 Begin Date: 07 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Cryptography: Advanced

Chapter

Advanced Cryptography (Ciampa, M. Chapter 6)

Events and Submissions/Topic


Vacation Week Begin Date: 14 Aug 2017

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6 Begin Date: 21 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Network Security I

Chapter

Network Security (Ciampa, M. Chapter 7)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz + Short-Answer Questions - 1 Due: Week 6 Friday (25 Aug 2017) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 28 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Network Security II

Chapter

Administering a Secure Network (Ciampa, M. Chapter 8)

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 8 Begin Date: 04 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Access Control

Chapter

Access Control Fundamentals (Ciampa, M. Chapter 11)

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 9 Begin Date: 11 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Identity Management



Chapter

Authentication and Account Management (Ciampa, M. Chapter 12);

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 10 Begin Date: 18 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Mobile Security I

Chapter

Wireless Network Security (Ciampa, M. Chapter 9)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz + Short-Answer Questions - 2 Due: Week 10 Friday (22 Sept 2017) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 25 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Mobile Security II

Chapter

Mobile Device Security (Ciampa, M. Chapter 10)

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 12 Begin Date: 02 Oct 2017

Module/Topic

Compliance and Operational Security

Chapter

Business Continuity (Ciampa, M. Chapter 13); and Risk Mitigation (Ciampa, M. Chapter 14)

Events and Submissions/Topic


Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 09 Oct 2017

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Exam Week Begin Date: 16 Oct 2017

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Quiz + Short-Answer Questions - 1

Task Description

Assignment 1 is designed to test your understanding of information security including the background of information security, threats, application, data and host security, basic and advanced cryptography. This task contains two parts, quiz questions (10%) and a series of short-answer questions (15%) relating to the contents in weeks 1-5. Further details and what you are required to submit will be available on the Moodle website in Week 2.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (25 Aug 2017) 11:45 pm AEST

Friday 25-Aug-2017 11:45 PM AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (8 Sept 2017)

Friday 08-Sep-2017


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

The quiz is automatically graded by the system based on the selection of correct or incorrect answers. For short-answer questions, a template with a detailed tabular marking criteria will be provided and the answers will be assessed in regards to accuracy, clarity and detail.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission instructions are provided in Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss general security concepts and define basic terminology
  • Explain the role of network security technologies such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems and authentication
  • Explain cryptographic mechanisms used to provide security
  • Apply the knowledge gained in the unit in practical exercises using common hardware and software


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Quiz + Short-Answer Questions - 2

Task Description

Assignment 2 is designed to test your understanding of network security, including network security, mobile security, access control and Identity Management. This task contains two parts, quiz questions (10%) and a series of short-answer questions (15%) relating to the contents in weeks 6-10. Further details and what you are required to submit will be available on the Moodle website.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (22 Sept 2017) 11:45 pm AEST

Friday 22-Sep-2017 11:45 PM AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (6 Oct 2017)

Friday 13-Oct-2017


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

The quiz is automatically graded. Short-answer questions will be assessed against the criteria of accuracy, clarity and detail.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission instructions are provided in Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss general security concepts and define basic terminology
  • Explain the role of network security technologies such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems and authentication
  • Assess wireless security infrastructure and recognise threats and weaknesses
  • Apply the knowledge gained in the unit in practical exercises using common hardware and software


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
120 minutes

Details
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
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