COIT20265 - Networks and Information Security Project
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is the capstone for the Networks and Information Security specialisation in the Master of Information Technology course. Students are required to demonstrate the skills that they have developed throughout their studies in this course and apply these skills to an authentic task group project or an industry project. Skills will be demonstrated through the conduct of a group project addressing the production of a research plan, project plan, a quality plan, progress reports and a project report, together with appropriate business analysis and process modelling artefacts such as process improvement models and requirements specifications, and a project report. The project will have a designated customer and students will be required to produce project management artefacts associated with a commercial project. Students will be expected to participate in both regular progress meetings involving relevant stakeholders and in technical meetings. Students are encouraged to include the artefacts produced in the project as part of a work portfolio. Note: If students have undertaken COIT20234 Advanced Network Security Project then this unit cannot be taken.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites

COIT20262 Advanced Network Security

COIT20263 Information Security Management

COIT20264 Network Design

PPMP20007 Project Management Concepts

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation and Written Assessment 60%
2. Portfolio 20%
3. Group Work 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students praised the problem-based learning and teaching approach of the course. Course Evaluation Continue refining the problem-based learning and teaching approach.
Students enjoyed the practical involvement with a real world project. Course Evaluation Continue developing good case studies in the context of real world scenarios.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply the concepts taught in network security specialisation units informed by research and professional best-practice.
  2. Assess systems for weaknesses and select and implement appropriate counter measures and controls.
  3. Evaluate security protections and assess their level of compliance and effectiveness.
  4. Identify “client” or customer requirements and propose solutions.
  5. Organise, manage and prioritise tasks in order to address complex real world problems.
  6. Select and apply task-appropriate project management and solution development methodologies.
  7. Demonstrate productive participation and contribution to a project team or work environment.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.
ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html
This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:
  1. Project Management (PRMG)
  2. IT Management (ITMG)
  3. Information Security (SCTY)
  4. Security Administration (SCAD)
  5. IT Governance (GOVN)
  6. Technical specialism (TECH)
  7. IT Operations (ITOP)
  8. Systems Installation/Decommissioning (HSIN)
  9. Network Support (NTAS)
  10. Network Planning (NTPL)
  11. Network Design (NTDS)
  12. System Design (DESN).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Group Work

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research
5. Self-management
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Group Work

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

This is a capstone unit and no textbooks are required.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorEdilson Arenas (e.arenas@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Introduction to Network Security Project by mentor

Form project group

No prescribed textbooks for this unit

Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week.
Week 2 17-07-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

Project selection

Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week.
Week 3 24-07-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week.

Submit Portfolio

Week 4 31-07-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

  1. Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week.
  2. Submit DRAFT network security plan.
  3. Submit Project Plan.
  4. Submit Group Project Progress Report-1.
Week 5 07-08-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week.
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week.

Submit Portfolio

Week 7 28-08-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

  1. Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week.
  2. Deliver Group Presentation of the implementation of proposed network security plan.
  3. Submit Group Project Progress Report-2.
Week 8 04-09-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week.
Week 9 11-09-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

  1. Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week.
  2. Submit Portfolio
  3. Submit Group Project Progress Report-3.
Week 10 18-09-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week.
Week 11 25-09-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

  1. Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week.
  2. Deliver presentation of DRAFT Project Report and Technical Implementation.
  3. Submit Group Project Progress Report-4.
Week 12 02-10-2017

Meeting with project mentor

  1. Submit FINAL Project Report including Project Working Documents.
  2. Submit final portfolio covering activities performed from Week 1 to 12.
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

Dr. Edilson Arenas, PhD.
School of Engineering and Technology, Higher Education Division
CQUniversity Australia, 120 Spencer Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
Phone +61 03 96160570 | Email e.arenas@cqu.edu.au

1 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Group Project Report, Ancillary Documentation and Network Security Plan
Task Description

This is the major assessment for your project and comprises five different parts:

  1. DRAFT network security plan (Week 4)
  2. Project plan (Week 4)
  3. Group presentation on the proposed implementation of Network Security Plan (Week 7)
  4. Project report and technical implementation (Week 12)
  5. Project Working Documents (Ancillary Documentation) (Week 12)

You are required to work on a project as a group with up to four team members.

Note: Please contact the unit coordinator if you have a genuine problem and are unable to participate in a group.

Assessment Due Date As per schedule in the Moodle unit website
Return Date to Students On certification day
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

The project report and technical documentation will be assessed upon the quality of the content. This includes the presentation layout and the depth and breadth of project recommendations adhering to the implementation of a secured computer network. The assessment criteria for each part of the assessment described in the Task Description section is as follows:

Note: Please refer to the unit website in Moodle for submission due dates and detailed marking criteria.

DRAFT network security plan (5%)

Due: Friday, Week 4

You are required to submit a DRAFT network security plan that you believe will mitigate, enhance or address the network security of a chosen organisation (project case study).

Project plan (10%)

Due: Friday, Week 4

You are required to submit a project plan that will include at the minimum the following items: 1) a project charter outlining the project scope, objectives, constraints, statement of work, and project team members; 2) a RACI Matrix showing the roles and responsibilities of each team member; 3) a GANTT chart showing the work breakdown structure (WBS); and, 4) the project risks and proposed mitigation plan.

Group presentation of Network Security Plan(10% )

Due: Friday, Week 7

In this mid-term group presentation you will:

  • present the summary of your network security plan that you have produced
  • identify and justify your selection of key threats or security challenges to the chosen organisation
  • explain what technologies you will implement to mitigate or address such threats and challenges
  • describe how you will test the security technologies and the types of policies and/or procedures that you intend to produce

On-campus students: The date and time of this presentation will be determined by your local lecturer/tutor.

Distant students: The time of the presentation and the video conferencing technology employed will be determined on an individual basis.

Project working documents (Ancillary Documentation) (5% )

Due: Friday, Week 12

This submission includes the group’s important project artefacts/ documents such as outlines of the security plan produced prior to building a project plan, preliminary designs, agendas and minutes of team meetings. This document should be included in the FINAL project report as an Annex with appropriate title page.

Project report and technical implementation (30%)

Due: Friday, Week 12

This assessment is comprised of two different parts:

  1. Produce detailed network security plan
  2. Identify key security threats or challenges and implement technology to mitigate or address them.

Produce detailed network security plan

The project group is required to produce a detailed security plan for a chosen organisation in order to meet its network security threats and challenges.

Identify key security threats or challenges and implement technology to mitigate or address them

This is a practical activity that requires demonstration of the implementation of your group’s network security plan. Your group must identify key threats and challenges, and implement technology to mitigate or address them. The technology has to address key challenges to the organisation’s network environment. You should pick an area of network, infrastructure or security that you have already applied in your studies, but you would like to explore in-depth and implement.

Your group needs to show how that was implemented and how the tests were carried. Your group is also required to submit the technical documentation including a test plan, test results and any network security policies and/or procedures that result from your implementation test.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the concepts taught in network security specialisation units informed by research and professional best-practice.

2. Assess systems for weaknesses and select and implement appropriate counter measures and controls.

3. Evaluate security protections and assess their level of compliance and effectiveness.

4. Identify “client” or customer requirements and propose solutions.

5. Organise, manage and prioritise tasks in order to address complex real world problems.

6. Select and apply task-appropriate project management and solution development methodologies.

7. Demonstrate productive participation and contribution to a project team or work environment.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Individual Activity Journal - Electronic Portfolio
Task Description

This is an individual assessment.

An e-portfolio is a learning tool that enables students to accumulate evidence of learning achievement. In this unit, you will use Mahara as the learning tool.

Please refer to the Moodle unit website for the assessment criteria and detailed instructions on how to create your Mahara portfolio.

Assessment Due Date Please refer to the unit website in Moodle for more details.
Return Date to Students Within two weeks of submission
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The project portfolio is to be maintained by every student individually.

Make entries in your portfolio on each occasion you undertake work on the project, for personal reflections and lessons learned. Essentially, use the portfolio to capture things like:

1) Tasks that you performed

2) Time spent

3) Your contributions to the overall project requirements

4) Challenges faced

5) Reflections

5) Bibliography of researched resource materials such as technical journals, websites, trade magazines, etc.

Entries will be made in the portfolio on a weekly basis at a minimum.

You are required to submit your portfolio entries in weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12 for assessment (4 submissions @ 5 marks each for a total of 20 marks). It is important to maintain this document throughout the term as it is the only component of the unit assessed individually.

Failure to submit a portfolio will disadvantage your overall marks.

The unit website provides further information and specific marking criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submission Online via Mahara and Moodle using Secret URL. See details in the Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the concepts taught in network security specialisation units informed by research and professional best-practice.

2. Assess systems for weaknesses and select and implement appropriate counter measures and controls.

3. Evaluate security protections and assess their level of compliance and effectiveness.

4. Identify “client” or customer requirements and propose solutions.

5. Organise, manage and prioritise tasks in order to address complex real world problems.

6. Select and apply task-appropriate project management and solution development methodologies.

7. Demonstrate productive participation and contribution to a project team or work environment.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



3 Group Work

Assessment Title Group Progress Reports and Group Presentation of DRAFT Project Report
Task Description

This assessment comprises two different parts:

1. Group progress reports

2. Draft Project Report – Group presentation

Please see complete details in the Moodle Site.

Assessment Due Date As per Schedule in the Moodle unit Website
Return Date to Students Within two weeks of submission
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Progress Reports (4@2% each) - 8%

Each progress report will contain a review of the project. Assessment will be on the completeness of the content of the report.

Presentation - 12%

Each group will be allocated a time in Week 11 to present a draft of their project report. Each presentation will be assessed on the following criteria:

Group marks will be based on:

Preparation and consistency of presentation

Set up and use of visual aids

Timing of presentation including Q&A

Continuity and flow from one presenter to the next Presentation content is relevant to the topic

Content is clear, concise and relevant

Response to questions during Q&A

Individual marks for presentation will be based on:

Appropriate dress

Presentation manner

Content is explained well

Please see unit website for more specific marking criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Presentations will have University wide coverage via a video conferencing tool. They might as well be attended by external academics and industry people.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the concepts taught in network security specialisation units informed by research and professional best-practice.

2. Assess systems for weaknesses and select and implement appropriate counter measures and controls.

3. Evaluate security protections and assess their level of compliance and effectiveness.

4. Identify “client” or customer requirements and propose solutions.

5. Organise, manage and prioritise tasks in order to address complex real world problems.

6. Select and apply task-appropriate project management and solution development methodologies.

7. Demonstrate productive participation and contribution to a project team or work environment.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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