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COIT20266 - Systems Security Administration

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This practical postgraduate security-focused unit examines system and network services planning and administration. Students extend their information and network security technical skills by learning how to design and implement core technical security infrastructure. Other topics in the unit include managing computer and network servers, configuring network services, deploying and managing system and network software, and the development of administration policies and procedures. Students are equipped with the knowledge and resources required to respond to emerging business organisational needs and to be able to assess and select security infrastructure technologies fit for purpose. In this unit, a network operating system environment is used to provide a practical platform for students to apply and demonstrate knowledge. Note: If students have undertaken COIT20232 Security Infrastructure Administration then this unit cannot be taken.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prerequisite: COIT20261 Network Routing and Switching

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 - 2015

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2015

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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 5%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 15%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 15%
4. Practical and Written Assessment 65%

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

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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Design integrated systems security and enterprise network server infrastructure to meet organisational needs.
  2. Develop and document enterprise network servers configuration and change control procedures.
  3. Plan and administer systems and network services.
  4. Compare and contrast emerging security infrastructure design and deployment trends and technologies.
  5. Apply the Systems Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) code of ethics to inform professional practice.

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:
  • Security Administration (SCAD)
  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • Systems Installation/Decommissioning (HSIN)
  • IT Management (ITMG)
  • Systems Design (DESN)
  • System Integration (SINT)
  • Technical Specialism (TECH)
  • Information Security (SCTY)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment