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This unit is the capstone to the Cyber Security specialisation of the Bachelor of Information Technology course. The unit is designed so that you can demonstrate your learning across the whole course of study before making the transition to the next stage of your career. To this end, you are to conduct a group project including the design and implementation of a cyber security plan that meets the client's requirements. Deliverables will include the formal security plan and configured secure infrastructure as part of an overall portfolio of planning and design documentation, scripts, and rules. In order to deliver a robust solution, you will need to choose and employ an appropriate project management methodology. The delivered infrastructure will undergo stress testing and simulated security attack scenarios.
Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prerequisites: (COIS13064 ICT Project Management or COIT12208 ICT Project Management) and COIT12202 Network Security Concepts
Corequisites: COIT13146 System and Network Administration and (COIT13229 Applied Distributed Systems or COIT13240 Applied Cryptography)
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 1 - 2023
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).
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,
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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 Unit Coordinator reflections
Few groups gained experience in discussing their project with a real client.
Increase the number of projects conducted for real clients such as industry partners and researchers.
Feedback from Student feedback
Costly for students to use personal or student accounts to access the range of cloud services needed for their project.
Recommend a cloud service provider that has free credits to students for the duration of the project, and offer additional credits to students when required by their project (e.g. using specialist, non-free cloud services).
Feedback from Student feedback
Some students were unclear about the depth expected in deliverables.
Provide samples of deliverables from previous projects.
Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Analyse cyber security requirements to produce a comprehensive cyber security plan
Implement well-documented and tested security technologies to meet a cyber security plan
Evaluate security protections for compliance and effectiveness
Produce the project management artefacts required in a typical cyber security project
Demonstrate productive participation and contribution to a project team or work environment
Demonstrate work readiness in terms of technical skills, communication skills, and both professional and ethical behaviour.
The Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is adopted by organisations, governments and individuals in many 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.
This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA 7 (the SFIA code is included)
Project Management (PRMG)
IT Management (ITMG)
Information Security (SCTY)
Security Administration (SCAD)
Enterprise IT Governance (GOVN)
Specialist Advice (TECH)
IT Infrastructure (ITOP)
Systems Installation/Decommissioning (HSIN)
Network Support (NTAS)
Network Planning (NTPL)
Network Design (NTDS)
Systems Design (DESN)
Penetration testing (PENT)
Information Assurance (INAS)
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
1 - Report - 40%
2 - Portfolio - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Presentation - 20%
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources
There are no required textbooks.
You will need access to the following IT resources:
CQUniversity Student Email
Unit Website (Moodle)
Access to computer with webcam, microphone and speakers
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