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COIT13236 Cyber Security Project
Cyber Security Project
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General Information


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 2 - 2023


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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

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

Assessment Overview

1. Report
Weighting: 40%
2. Portfolio
Weighting: 20%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
4. Presentation
Weighting: 20%

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 Students' feedback and Unit Coordinator's reflection


More projects from real clients should be offered.


Increase the number of projects conducted for real clients such as industry partners and researchers.

Feedback from Students' feedback


More emphasis on individual grading in group-based tasks will improve output.


Review the assessment tasks and increase individual marking components in group-based tasks.

Feedback from Unit Coordinator's reflection


Students need more support in understanding project requirements.


Provide videos with explanation to enhance students understanding and refer to examples of deliverables from previous projects.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse cyber security requirements to produce a comprehensive cyber security plan
  2. Implement well-documented and tested security technologies to meet a cyber security plan
  3. Evaluate security protections for compliance and effectiveness
  4. Produce the project management artefacts required in a typical cyber security project
  5. Demonstrate productive participation and contribution to a project team or work environment
  6. 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
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 - Report - 40%
2 - Portfolio - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Presentation - 20%

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
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources


There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Access to computer with webcam, microphone and speakers
  • Zoom
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Portfolium
Academic Integrity Statement

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