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COIT13236 - Network Security Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course is a capstone to the network security specialisation of the undergraduate BIT program and is designed so that final year students can demonstrate their learning across their whole program of study before making the transition to the next stage of his/her career. Students are required to apply, synthesise and demonstrate the skills that they have developed in earlier network security specialisation courses. This will be demonstrated through a group project where students are required to develop an integrated solution to real-world security problems and threats. The group project will have a designated client (or acting client). Students will be required to design and implement a security plan by meeting the real or simulated client requirements. Deliverables will include the formal security plan and configured secure infrastructure (including servers and networks), forming part of an overall portfolio of planning and design documentation, scripts and rules. In order to deliver a robust solution, students will need to choose and employ an appropriate project management methodology. The delivered infrastructure will undergo stress testing and simulated security attack scenarios.

Details

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 There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2013

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Term 2 - 2017 Profile
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Melbourne
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Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Cairns
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Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
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Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
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Melbourne
Online
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Term 2 - 2019 Profile
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Melbourne
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Term 1 - 2020 Profile
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Melbourne
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Townsville
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
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Melbourne
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Sydney
Townsville
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
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Melbourne
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Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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Term 2 - 2022 Profile
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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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Group Work 80%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 10% 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 unit evaluation
Feedback
Some students perceived that the feedback for progress reports should be given earlier.
Recommendation
Make sure students get assessment feedback within the specified university timeframe. Monitor more closely that the teaching team complies with this guideline.
Action Taken
Expectations on feedback was made clear to staff and students, and most if not all students received feedback within two weeks of submission. When there was a delay, students were informed.
Source: Student unit evaluation
Feedback
Overall this class has been a great learning curve. The assignments were very clearly explained, and provided real world experience.
Recommendation
Continue designing learning and assessment materials to enhance the student learning experience.
Action Taken
Rather than using Mahara for the journal, students were encouraged to use a shared document on OneDrive or GitHub. These tools are more closely aligned with industry practice, and students appreciated using systems they are familiar with.
Source: Staff in Network and Information Security discipline
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
Increase the number of topics provided to students, especially projects conducted for real clients such as researchers and industry partners.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback in class
Feedback
Early in the term students are not clear on tasks to be performed each week and where to find resources.
Recommendation
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
Nil.
Source: Student feedback in class and Unit Coordinator observations
Feedback
Group formation is difficult when there are a small number of students on each campus.
Recommendation
Hold an online meeting with all students at the start of term to form groups.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop solutions to security problems and threats.
  2. Apply the concepts taught in network security specialisation courses.
  3. Evaluate security protections and assess their level of compliance and effectiveness.
  4. Identify “client” or employer requirements and propose solutions.
  5. Apply time management, prioritisation and organisational skills in order to address real world problems.
  6. Demonstrate productive participation and contribution to a project team or work environment.
  7. Demonstrate technical skills, communication skills, and both professional and ethical behaviour.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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