Course Outline

SEC603 Introduction to Device & Network Security

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

2022Semester 2


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
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
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous online workshop 3hrs Week 1 13 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 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 Demonstrate leadership in a virtual team environment. Engaged
6 Communicate research and findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences. Engaged

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC 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 Written Piece Individual 25%
1500 words
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Oral and Written Piece Group 30%
3,000 Words
10 minute presentation
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 45%
2 hours
Exam Period Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Security Plan
Develop a security plan for a range of device and network security tools, security tradecrafts, and practices.
Product: Written Piece
A written security plan based on a given case study to determine what needs to be protected and how.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification and description of device and network security, cryptographic methodologies, security frameworks, threats, vulnerabilities and controls, network security, alerts, incident response management
1 2 3 4
Justification of selections of tools
Professional communication
All - Assessment Task 2:Security Artefact Development
You will work through a set case study of a security incident to investigate, outline and develop appropriate outcomes.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
This is a digital collaboration project.The product to be presented is a 3,000-word report on the analysis of a case study and a 10 minute presentation
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification of compromise
1 2 3 4
Explanation of methodologies to exploit identified vulnerabilities
1 2 4
Identification of security remedies and strategies and justify their implementation
Professional communication
Digital collaboration
All - Assessment Task 3:Final Exam
Answer short answer and essay questions on the material given throughout the semester.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
Online exam. Short answer and essay questions related to device and network security.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification of the key elements of a cyber breach
1 2 4
Identification and articulation of consequences of cyber breach

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. Directed study hours may vary by location. 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
Required Charles P. Pfleeger 2015 Security in Computing 5th Ed Pearson

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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