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Computer and Network Security PG (6697.6)

Level: Postgraduate Level
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


  • UC - Canberra, Bruce
    Year Teaching Period Convener Mode of Delivery
    2021 Semester 2 MR   Ibrahim   ELGENDI (Ph: ) ON-CAMPUS

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Recent times have seen a proliferation of digital devices and the subsequent concern for the security of information. This course introduces students to the basic principles and practices of computer and information security. Focus will be on the software, operating system and network security techniques with detailed analysis of real-world examples. Topics include cryptography, authentication, software and operating system security, network security, mobile security, and legal and ethical issues.
In addition, students will investigate contemporary developments in computer and network security. The unit also 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 may be cotaught with 8019 Computer and Network Security.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will:

1. Describe basic cryptographic functionality, including symmetric ciphers, public key encryption, and digital signatures;

2. Analyse critically the security of systems that use cryptography and secure communication techniques;

3. Identify the vulnerability of information systems and justify specific security technologies, settings, and parameters that can improve system security design;

4. Design secure network architectures by applying security technologies such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and malicious software scanners;

5. Assess how privacy and social engineering issues can impact system design; and

6. Explain and critique current research in computer and network security.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

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


Completion of the G level credit points of the applicable course.



Assumed Knowledge

IT skills commensurate with advanced study of information technology are assumed.

Incompatible Units

8019 Computer and Network Security.

Equivalent Units


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