COIT20265 - Networks and Information Security Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is the capstone to the Networks and Information Security specialisation of the Master of Information Technology course. You are required to demonstrate the skills that you have developed throughout your specialisation, and apply these skills to an authentic task group network security project including the design and technology implementation of a network security plan that meets client's requirements. As part of a work portfolio, you will be required to produce project management artefacts typical of a commercial network security project.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


COIT20262 Advanced Network Security

COIT20263 Information Security Management

COIT20264 Network Design

PPMP20007 Project Management Concepts

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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 12-credit Postgraduate 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 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 50% 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.
Students praised the use of individual portfolios to develop their reflective and metacognitive skills.
Prepare some guidelines to help students optimise the creation and development of their portfolios.
Action Taken
Source: Student unit evaluation In class.
Some students perceived that the time allocated to the group presentation was not enough.
Increase the time of the group presentation.
Action Taken
Source: Unit evaluation
Students found the project presentations challenging but at the same time extremely valuable to improve their confidence and communication skills.
To provide additional support to the students during their preparation of the project presentations. To make the project presentations a big event and invite academics and the general public to attend.
Action Taken
Additional support was provided by requiring students to present their progress report as well. Project presentations are now open to peers, academics, and the public.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply the concepts learned in network security specialisation units informed by research and professional best-practice
  2. Assess systems for security exposures; and accordingly, select and implement appropriate countermeasures and controls
  3. Plan and manage a network security project, particularly the prioritisation of tasks, scheduling of time and resources, and the generation of supporting documentation
  4. Review and critically evaluate team and individual performance, reflecting on the processes followed and identifying areas for continuous improvement
  5. Communicate effectively by using written and oral presentation, understanding the needs of various stakeholders
  6. Demonstrate productive participation and contribution to a project team or work environment.

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
This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:
  1. Project Management (PRMG)
  2. IT Management (ITMG)
  3. Information Security (SCTY)
  4. Security Administration (SCAD)
  5. IT Governance (GOVN)
  6. Technical specialism (TECH)
  7. IT Infrastructure (ITOP)
  8. Systems Installation/Decommissioning (HSIN)
  9. Network Support (NTAS)
  10. Network Planning (NTPL)
  11. Network Design (NTDS)
  12. System Design (DESN).
  13. Penetration testing (PENT)
  14. 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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Report
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Presentation