COIT20262 - Advanced Network Security

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will learn how to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information and network services in business organisations. You will study the fundamental cryptographic techniques that many of the security mechanisms are built upon. You will also study network security attacks, including malware, denial of service, and application vulnerabilities, and the corresponding countermeasures. Through computer laboratory activities, you will gain hands-on experience in analysing attacks and deploying defences, including securing web applications, establishing access control mechanisms, and applying encryption in wired and wireless networks.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: COIT20261 Network Routing and Switching

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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 6-credit Postgraduate 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

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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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 49.1% 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: Students, Teaching team
More detailed instructions in workshop tasks
Include detailed examples and/or videos for each workshop activity.
Action Taken
All workshops contain at least one video demonstration or detailed written instructions of tasks to be performed.
Source: Teaching team
Some lectures are too long, cover irrelevant content
Revise lecture material, identifying content to be updated and improved.
Action Taken
Significant revision of firewall material to focus the content on key issues, and review/edits of malware and vulnerability lecture content to remove unnecessary content.
Source: Student emails.
Software was difficult to use on a Mac, as the instructions were out of date for the latest Mac version.
Update the software instructions for the latest operating systems, while also making it clear that Windows is the only environment supported by teaching team (as the computer labs only have Windows).
Action Taken
Source: Teaching team, student feedback.
Workshop tasks in first few weeks are too time consuming or complex.
The early workshop tasks are important for understanding later tasks. Lecture content should be reduced so that some more time can be spent explaining the workshop tasks.
Action Taken
Source: Teaching team, Self-reflection.
Customised online textbook is hard to access and is getting out of date.
Review options for a new textbook, either a different book or another customised online textbook that uses new versions.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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