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COIT12202 - Network Security Concepts

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
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Sydney
Townsville
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 28.57% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Recorded lectures would be of advantage.
Recommendation
Lecture recordings should be made available to all students, especially for online students.
Action Taken
Recorded lectures were made available to all students on Moodle.
Source: Staff feedback
Feedback
More resources (e.g. computer labs and software) are needed to allow practice of network security.
Recommendation
Tutorial tasks should be updated so that students can perform more realistic practical activities in class and for assessments.
Action Taken
Some of the tutorial tasks were updated. This term the tutorial classes were taken via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tutorial tasks were designed so that students could complete the tasks on their own machine.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The additional videos and Linux demonstrations on Moodle were appreciated in demonstrating real-world network security issues.
Recommendation
Continue to provide additional videos and demonstrations, and encourage students to access those resources.
Action Taken
Additional video resources were included for students on Moodle and students were encouraged to access those resources.
Source: Student evaluation and students' informal feedback.
Feedback
Students appreciated the quality of the unit and the material/topic covered in this unit.
Recommendation
Keep the same topic and maintain the quality of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation and students' informal feedback.
Feedback
Students appreciated the assessment tasks especially the Assessment two - Report.
Recommendation
Keep the current assessment structure.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation.
Feedback
The tutorials could include more hands-on exercises reducing some of the theoretical questions.
Recommendation
Include more hands-on exercises in the next offering.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination