Course Outline

SEC603 Introduction to Device & Network Security

Course Coordinator:Nayson Machin ( School:School of Science, Technology and Engineering

2024Trimester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This online professional competency course introduces you to fundamental competencies and skills to effectively secure computer devices and networks.You will specifically develop and test your competency across device and network security vulnerabilities, behaviours and restrictions. You will also develop an understanding of ethical hacking and vulnerability/penetration testing. You will work online independently and in teams through problem based and case study activities and you will be able to diagnose and secure network devices.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Asynchronous Learning material 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous on campus workshop 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Seminar – On campus seminar 1hr Week 1 2 times
Learning materials – Asynchronous Learning material 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous Zoom workshop 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Seminar – Online seminar 1hr Week 1 2 times

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Cyber Security
  • Cyber Security Roles and Frameworks
  • Introduction to Threats, Vulnerabilities, Controls and Cryptography
  • Incident Response
  • Digital Forensics
  • Network Protocols and Services
  • Protecting the network and network attacks
  • Principles of Network Security and Ethical Hacking
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Report Writing

What level is this course?

600 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

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 Explain device and network fundamental concepts. Knowledgeable
2 Diagnose data points and device/network behaviours that reveal vulnerabilities in the computer network. Empowered
3 Evaluate the role of data access restrictions, white-listing, administrative privileges, and related controls from a multi-actor perspective in an organisational context. Creative and critical thinker
4 Communicate research and findings in systematic ways to specialist and non-specialist audiences. Engaged

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program SC509, SC517, SC705 or BU708


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Students will be expected to have a working knowledge of computer systems and networks.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Feedback will be given to students from activities conduced in the weekly tutorials 

Assessment tasks

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 10%
1 hour
Week 4 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Written Piece Individual 40%
1000 words
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Report Individual 50%
1500 words
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Security Artefact Development
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your understanding of foundational level knowledge of security, compliance, and identity concepts and related cloud-based solutions.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
Individual 1 hour online exam. More details will be provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Describe the concepts of security, compliance, and identity.
Describe the capabilities of solutions including identity and access management, security and compliance.
2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Connecting theory and practice
The goal of this task is to apply your understanding of the weekly learning material to industry-based situations and to practice configurations and professional report writing, both skills fundamental to the work of industry professionals.
Product: Written Piece
3 Mini Tasks in 3 weeks (Week 3,5 and 7). Specific mini-task information will be released a minimum of one (1) week prior to each deadline. Mini tasks may include applying understandings of OS utilities, practical exercises and report writing in response to case studies.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Generate a product or output using the task objectives
Analyse and apply research information to achieve task objectives.
1 2
Provide justification for decisions made to achieve task objectives.
All - Assessment Task 3:Policy and Governance Report
The goal for this task is to apply your understanding of governance to review a fictional company's Information Technology policy and make recommendations to ensure that it represents industry best practice.
Product: Report
You will compile your recommendations in a written report and provide justification using relevant governance documentation. Your recommendations should be formatted as a written report and saved as a Word document. More details will be provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identify strategies for securing networks
1 2 3
Identifying strategies for hardening devices
2 3
Provide and justify security recommendations
Identify key messages for technical and non-technical audiences
Communicate using report writing

Directed study hours

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. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

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.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Recommended Charles P. Pfleeger,Shari Lawrence Pfleeger,Jonathan Margulies 2015 Security in Computing 5th Ed Pearson College Division

Specific requirements

Access to a computer and the internet for activities during the week.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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