Devices and networks form the backbone to modern internet communications and secure personal data and activities. You will be introduced to fundamental competencies and skills to effectively secure computer devices and networks and develop and test their competency. You will also develop an understanding of ethical hacking and vulnerability/penetration testing. You will work independently and in teams through problem based and case study activities and you will be able to diagnose and secure network devices.
|Learning materials – Asynchronous online learning materials||3hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus theory and practical workshops||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Learning materials – Asynchronous learning material||3hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online workshop||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
300 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Identify and describe device and network security vulnerabilities.||Knowledgeable|
|2||Identify data points and device/network behaviours that reveal vulnerabilities in the computer network.||Knowledgeable|
|3||Explain the role of data access restrictions, white-listing, administrative privileges, and related controls from a multi-actor perspective in an organisational context.||Knowledgeable|
|4||Diagnose device and network security vulnerabilities using online resources.||Empowered|
|5||Work as part of a team to effectively undertake and communicate security activities.||Engaged|
|6||Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills to present research and findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences.||Engaged|
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
ICT211 or SEC301 or (SEC100 and ICT120)
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Weekly exercises will provide students with formative feedback weekly. Additionally, the group assessment in Task 2 will be designed to have regular formative feedback.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||15%||
|Week 5||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
3000 words (total)
|Week 12||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||45%||
|Exam Period||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Mid Semester Exam|
You will become competent across a range of device and network security tools, security tradecrafts, and practices.
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
Short answer questions on device and network security
|All - Assessment Task 2:Group threat scenario project|
You will work through a set case study of a security incident case study in a virtual group environment. You will review, investigate and outline the issues, vulnerabilities and apply appropriate methodologies.
This is a collaboration project.The product to be presented is a 3,000-word report on the analysis of a case study.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Final Exam|
You will demonstrate an ability to identify key elements of a cyber breach
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
Mix of short answer and essay questions
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Charles P. Pfleeger, Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, Jonathan Margulies||2015||Security in Computing||5th||Pearson Australia|
This course requires access to computers and specialist software which is provided at USC campuses for student use. If you elect to do this course online, you may either; attend a campus at which it is available, discuss alternative solutions with your course coordinator that would enable you to demonstrate the learning outcomes, or if you prefer you may acquire this software (if necessary at your own expense). Some software providers may offer discounted or free academic licensing.
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