COIT13236 - Cyber Security Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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 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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 65.22% 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: Staff in Network and Information Security discipline
Most students work on the provided case study, as it is difficult for them to identify industry projects within a short time frame at the start of term.
Increase the number of topics provided to students, especially projects conducted for real clients such as researchers and industry partners.
Action Taken
The number of topics offered was increased from one to nine, including some topics offered by researchers. Most groups undertook projects on different topics. However few topics had industry partners, so this recommendation will continue to be worked on.
Source: Student feedback in class
Early in the term students are not clear on tasks to be performed each week and where to find resources.
Clarify expectations of the project in the Unit Profile and again in the first workshop of the term, e.g. giving example tasks that could be included in reports and directing students to past units for learning resources.
Action Taken
Assessment task expectations were expanded in the Unit Profile, with examples of types of tasks to be performed and recommendations for resources and links to past units. While the examples of tasks helped students, examples of reports/deliverables may assist further.
Source: Student feedback in class and Unit Coordinator observations
Group formation is difficult when there are a small number of students on each campus.
Hold an online meeting with all students at the start of term to form groups.
Action Taken
An online meeting was held with high attendance and many questions were answered about the unit structure. A shared spreadsheet for group registration meant most groups were successfully formed by the end of the first week.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Source: 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).
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
Some students were unclear about the depth expected in deliverables.
Provide samples of deliverables from previous projects.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Report
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Presentation
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
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
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10