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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 you with grounding in security technology. You will study common network security attacks, then the technologies to defend against those attacks. These technologies include cryptography, access control, authentication, firewalls and wireless network protocols. This unit provides security knowledge that is required for industry standard certification exams, such as CompTIA.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution 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 2 - 2019

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

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 15%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
3. Written Assessment 15%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
5. 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

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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
The written assignment questions involving research are challenging and time-consuming.
Recommendation
Research components of these assignment tasks are important, which help students to stay up to date with trends of network security. More support (guidelines) will be provided to help students with online research on the related topics of network security.
Action Taken
The assessment tasks still contain some challenging questions following the trends of cyber security. More guidance and materials are provided for supporting their study.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
The current textbook contains some out of date examples.
Recommendation
Update unit materials based on the latest version of the provided textbook.
Action Taken
This unit has been updated based on the latest version of the textbook and the out-of-date examples have been removed.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe key security concepts and principles
  2. Discuss how common security attacks and defences work
  3. Explain the role of cryptographic mechanisms in providing computer and network security
  4. Apply access control technologies, including firewalls and authentication, to secure computer networks
  5. Explain threats and defences that are specific to wireless networks.

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:

  • Information Security (SCTY)
  • Penetration Testing (PENT)
  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • Security Administration (SCAD)
  • Problem Management (PBMG)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • System Design (DESN)
  • Incident Management (USUP)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
5 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology 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 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
5 - Examination