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Graduate Diploma in Internetworking and Security (GradDipIntwkSecur)


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Title Graduate Diploma in Internetworking and Security (GradDipIntwkSecur)
Course Code G1059
Study Level Graduate Diploma
School School of Engineering and Information Technology
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Jocelyn Armarego | Email: J.Armarego@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 7351

Qualification Graduate Diploma in Internetworking and Security (GradDipIntwkSecur)
Duration 1 year full-time (if commencing in Semester 1) or part-time equivalent subject to unit availability; students commencing mid-year (Semester 2) will need 1.5 years minimum enrolment (a total of 3 semesters) to complete requirements
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Graduate Diploma in Internetworking and Security provides a thorough and practical grounding in network design, network administration, network management and security. The course structure is flexible allowing students to choose units that target their skills in security, LAN and Wireless network design, global network design or network management and tailor the course to meet their career needs.

Most specialisations prepare students to sit one or more industry certification exams. These certifications include Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Managing Cisco Network Security (MCNS) and Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced (CSPFA).
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree in IT (AQF Level 7);
OR recognised non-IT Bachelor's degree plus an approved Diploma in IT (AQF Level 8);
OR recognised non-IT Bachelor's degree plus two years of relevant IT experience;
OR recognised non-IT Honours degree (AQF Level 8) plus relevant IT experience.
Recognition of relevant and current informal or non-formal learning may be used for entry requirements, and should be discussed with the Academic Chair.
Students who have completed the BSc in Internetworking and Security may not enrol in this course.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements The course is available by on-campus attendance only.
Internet access is required for all students.
Course Learning Outcomes ULO 01 - Demonstrate a clear understanding of the broad requirements for effective information security governance including:
* Information security strategy
* Risk management and compliance
* Information security incident management
ULO 02 - Develop an information security strategy aligned with organisational goals and objectives
ULO 03 - Identify, classify and manage information risk
ULO 04 - Identify, analyse, manage and respond effectively to unexpected events that may adversely affect the organisation's information assets and/or its ability to operate.
ULO 05 - Demonstrated capacity to create, manage and maintain a program to implement an information security strategy
ULO 06 - Demonstrated written, oral and interpersonal communication skills that support the efficient and effective communication of developed systems through documentation, technical reports and presentations to clients and the broader community.
Employment Prospects The following employers are increasingly concerned with network performance and security: network service providers, banking and finance organisations, government and the military. There is also scope to work as an independent network and security consultant.
Professional Recognition Graduates are eligible to sit for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) industry certification exam.
Further Study Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma may apply for admission to the Master of Information Technology.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 24 credit points

Core Units - 15 credit points

ICT521 IT Professional Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ICT503 Wireless Data Communications - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ICT546 Local Area Network Design and Implementation - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ICT535 Advanced Business Data Communications - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ICT502 Applied Information Security Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 9 credit points

Select from the following units, with a maximum of two units at 600 level.

ICT508 Information Technology Project Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ICT517 Advanced IT Study Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

ICT613 Router and Firewall Security - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ICT609 Network Switching - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

ICT611 Advanced Routing - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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