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COIT20265 - Networks and Information Security Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is the capstone for the Networks and Information Security specialisation in the Master of Information Technology course. Students are required to demonstrate the skills that they have developed throughout their studies in this course and apply these skills to an authentic task group project or an industry project. Skills will be demonstrated through the conduct of a group project addressing the production of a research plan, project plan, a quality plan, progress reports and a project report, together with appropriate business analysis and process modelling artefacts such as process improvement models and requirements specifications, and a project report. The project will have a designated customer and students will be required to produce project management artefacts associated with a commercial project. Students will be expected to participate in both regular progress meetings involving relevant stakeholders and in technical meetings. Students are encouraged to include the artefacts produced in the project as part of a work portfolio. Note: If students have undertaken COIT20234 Advanced Network Security Project then this unit cannot be taken.

Details

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

Prerequisites

COIT20262 Advanced Network Security

COIT20263 Information Security Management

COIT20264 Network Design

PPMP20007 Project Management Concepts

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 3 - 2016

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Melbourne
Rockhampton
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Term 2 - 2017 Profile
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Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney

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. Presentation and Written Assessment 60%
2. Portfolio 20%
3. Group Work 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 46.9% 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
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
While the number of topics increased from 1 to 3, few students worked on projects for real clients. It has been difficult to get appropriately sized projects from the industry. Work on this recommendation will continue.
Source: Student evaluations and teaching staff
Feedback
Additional feedback on assessment items, with turnaround times of less than two weeks is desirable so students can quickly adapt their project direction when needed.
Recommendation
Redesign the structure and deadlines for assessments, as well as marking criteria, so that teaching staff can focus their efforts on quick, specific feedback for each group.
Action Taken
Intermediate assessments were introduced (e.g. Interim Report, Journal 1, Journal 2) so students could receive early feedback. Most Interim Reports were returned to students within 10 days and multiple groups used the feedback to adjust project direction.
Source: Unit Coordinator reflections
Feedback
Most students worked on two of the provided case studies, and few groups gained the experience of discussing the project with a real client.
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: Unit Coordinator reflections
Feedback
Slow starting groups (e.g. due to late enrolment or group formation) struggle to catch up to produce high-quality project artefacts.
Recommendation
Introduce individual assessments early in the term to encourage early planning and preparation by all students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply the concepts taught in network security specialisation units informed by research and professional best-practice.
  2. Assess systems for weaknesses and select and implement appropriate counter measures and controls.
  3. Evaluate security protections and assess their level of compliance and effectiveness.
  4. Identify “client” or customer requirements and propose solutions.
  5. Organise, manage and prioritise tasks in order to address complex real world problems.
  6. Select and apply task-appropriate project management and solution development methodologies.
  7. 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 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:
  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 Operations (ITOP)
  8. Systems Installation/Decommissioning (HSIN)
  9. Network Support (NTAS)
  10. Network Planning (NTPL)
  11. Network Design (NTDS)
  12. System Design (DESN).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Group Work
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Group Work