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Computer Security (ICT287)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides a strong understanding of security principles, models and designs, and links these with their applications amongst real-world systems. There is an applied focus in the unit and practical sessions will enable students to develop skills in how to test for and exploit security vulnerabilities and ultimately recommend mitigation strategies.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand the fundamentals of computer and network security
2. Use a wide range of tools and technologies to evaluate vulnerabilities
3. Have an awareness of the significance of various security weaknesses
4. Understand the legal and ethical implications of computer security
5. Implement and exploit security vulnerabilities in a lab environment
6. Discuss and describe mitigation strategies for common attacks
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; laboratory: 1 x 2 hours per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences In this unit, students are provided with an independent learning environment whereby they are presented with concepts covering a broad range of computer security issues, and given the opportunity to explore these concepts further through a range of resources and assessment items. A significant amount of the substantive concepts is delivered via lectures. Regular tutorial classes allow students to apply these concepts in hands-on practical scenarios, and further drive assessment items. External students carry out a similar process by communicating regularly with their tutor.
Assessment Students participate in regular Participation activities (10%) and complete an Assignment (15%) and a Group Project (25%). A Final Exam (50%) will assess the student's understanding of both theory and design. The assignment allows students to demonstrate the application of their understanding of concepts taught in the unit on a number of short tasks assigned by the coordinator. The project facilitates application of practical skills in security and risk assessment to a real-world problem, to demonstrate deep learning through genuine engagement with the nature of the problem and meaningful analysis. Feedback is given directly on the participation, assignment and project as well as via consultation as required.
Prerequisites ICT171 Introduction to Server Environments and Architecture AND ICT159 Foundations of Programming OR enrolment in a postgraduate IT course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ICT339 Computer Security may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Cyber Security and Forensics (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Computer Forensics and Computer Security
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Sebastian Zander
Lecturer Information Technology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2296
e: S.Zander@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.007 - Building 245, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Sebastian Zander
Lecturer Information Technology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2296
e: S.Zander@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.1.007 - Building 245, Murdoch Campus
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