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Security and Support in IT (11488.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology


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This unit teaches the principles and practice of IT system support and security management. Topics include desktop computer support, server computer support, help desk operation, cryptography and its application, software security, network security, operating system security, trusted computing and multilevel security, privacy issues, and professionalism and professional ethics. The unit provides students with a sound knowledge of IT infrastructure and security. It also provides students with the skills of daily operation, i.e. the support and management of these systems. In addition, the unit promotes and strengthens important generic skills, such as communication, analysis and inquiry, problem solving, independent and group working, and professionalism and social responsibility.

This unit will be co-taught with Security and Support in IT G, 6689.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1.Describe the basic concepts of various encryption algorithms and choose appropriate encryption algorithms for applications;

2. Explain security threats, such as malicious software and DOS etc. and apply appropriate counter measures, such as firewall, multiple security models, and authentication and authorisation etc;

3. Undertake the basic tasks in managing IT infrastructure in a hypothetical or real case scenario, including desktop and server and computers, network, help desk operation, and security; and

4. Further strengthen important generic skills, such as communication, analysis and inquiry, problem solving, independent and group working, and professionalism and social responsibility.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to 3 hours per week - 2 hours lecture and 1 hour laboratory.





Assumed Knowledge

Basic understanding of IT systems, including computer hardware, network, operating systems, storage media, database, and programming.

Incompatible Units

6689 Security and Support in IT G.

Equivalent Units

7167 Security and Support in IT

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