COIT13236 - Network Security Project
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is a capstone to the network security specialisation of the undergraduate BIT course and is designed so that final year students can demonstrate their learning across their whole course of study before making the transition to the next stage of his/her career. Students are required to apply, synthesise and demonstrate the skills that they have developed in earlier network security specialisation units. This will be demonstrated through a group project where students are required to develop an integrated solution to real-world security problems and threats. The group project will have a designated client (or acting client). Students will be required to design and implement a security plan by meeting the real or simulated client requirements. Deliverables will include the formal security plan and configured secure infrastructure (including servers and networks), forming part of an overall portfolio of planning and design documentation, scripts and rules. In order to deliver a robust solution, students will need to choose and employ an appropriate project management methodology. The delivered infrastructure will undergo stress testing and simulated security attack scenarios.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: (COIS13064 or COIT12208) and COIT12202

Corequisites: COIT13146 and COIT13229

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 1 - 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 Undergraduate 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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Group Work 80%

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
Positive comments about the unit as a real world project experience Student feedback and unit evaluation Continue with the project-based learning approach
Provide more details in marking sheet Unit evaluation Redesign the marking guidelines including more comprehensive information
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop solutions to security problems and threats.
  2. Apply the concepts taught in network security specialisation units.
  3. Evaluate security protections and assess their level of compliance and effectiveness.
  4. Identify “client” or employer requirements and propose solutions.
  5. Apply time management, prioritisation and organisational skills in order to address real world problems.
  6. Demonstrate productive participation and contribution to a project team or work environment.
  7. Demonstrate technical skills, communication skills, and both professional and ethical behaviour.

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:
  • Project Management (PRMG)
  • IT Management (ITMG)
  • Information Security (SCTY)
  • Security Administration (SCAD)
  • IT Governance (GOVN)
  • Technical specialism (TECH)
  • IT Operations (ITOP)
  • Systems Installation/Decommissioning (HSIN)
  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • Network Planning (NTPL)
  • Network Design (NTDS)
  • System Design (DESN).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Communication      
2. Problem Solving      
3. Critical Thinking      
4. Information Literacy        
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence      
7. Cross Cultural Competence            
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Group Work      

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

There is no requirement for a prescribed textbook.

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). 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 06-03-2017
Form project groups; please see Moodle unit website for introduction to project by mentor

No specific textbooks for this unit

Week 2 13-03-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

Project Selection

Week 3 20-03-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in Week-1, Week-2 and Week-3

Week 4 27-03-2017

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 03-04-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week

Week 6 17-04-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week

Week 7 24-04-2017

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 01-05-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week

Week 9 08-05-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

  1. Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week
  2. Submit Group Project Progress Report-3
Week 10 15-05-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week

Week 11 22-05-2017

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 29-05-2017

Weekly meeting with project mentor

  1. Make entries in the Portfolio covering activities performed in this week
  2. Submit FINAL Project Report including Project Working Documents
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

This unit does not have an examination

Exam Week 12-06-2017

This unit does not have an examination

Dr. Edilson Arenas, Ph.D.
Discipline Leader – Networks and Information Security | 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 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Activity journals and Periodic project progress reports
Task Description

This assessment comprises two different parts:

  1. Activity journal
  2. Periodic project progress reports
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

Individual Activity Journals (8%)

Due date: Fridays, Week 3, 6, 9 and 12

This is an individual assessment.

As part of your Portfolio and during the term unit, you are required to write and submit four activity journals (in weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12) that illustrate your individual contribution to the project and lessons learnt. This should capture everything you do, including:

  1. Tasks that you performed
  2. Time spent
  3. How that contributed to your overall project requirements
  4. Challenges faced, and
  5. A bibliography of researched resource materials such as technical journals, web sites, trade magazines

It is important to maintain this document throughout the term as it is the only component of the unit assessed individually.

Please use the standard template provided in the unit website in Moodle to write and submit your activity journals.

Periodic Project Progress Reports (12%)

Due: Fridays, Week 4, 7, 9 and 11

This is a group assessment.

Each group must submit four periodic project progress reports using a standard template provided in the unit website in Moodle.

On-campus students

Each member of your group MUST give in-class presentation of each periodic project progress report (4).

Distant or Flexible students

The Unit Coordinator will provide you necessary instructions to present your group's periodic progress reports.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Group submission

via Moodle.

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

1. Develop solutions to security problems and threats.

2. Apply the concepts taught in network security specialisation units.

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

5. Apply time management, prioritisation and organisational skills in order to address real world problems.

7. Demonstrate technical skills, communication skills, and both professional and ethical behaviour.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Group Work

Assessment Title Group Project and Documentation
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 of Net Sec Plan presentation (Week 7)
4. Project report and technical implementation (Week 12)
5. Project Working Documents (Week 12)
You are required to (as a group with up to four team members) work on a project.
Note: Please contact the unit coordinator if you have genuine problem and are unable to participate in a group.
Assessment Due Date As per unit Website in Moodle.
Return Date to Students On certification day
Weighting 80%
Assessment Criteria

The project documentation will be assessed upon the quality of 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, as described in Task Description 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 the organisation (project case study).

Project plan (10%)

Due: Friday, Week 4

You are required to submit a project plan that will include: Project Charter outlining project scope, objectives and constraints, statement of work, project team members, and a RACI matrix Project Work Breakdown Structure using project GANTT Chart that also shows a timeline and allocation of tasks to team members Project risks and proposed mitigation plan

Group presentation of Network Security Pan (10% )

Due: Friday, Week 7

In this group presentation you will:

  • present the summary of your network security plan that you have produced
  • identify and justify your selection of key threat or security challenge to the organisation
  • explain what technologies will you implement to mitigate or address such threats and challenges
  • describe how you will test the security technologies what types of policy and/or procedure documents that you have intended 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 technology employed will be determined on an individual basis.

Presentation of DRAFT Project Report (10% )

Due: Friday Week 11

Each group must present their project in plenary session in week 11 of the term.

Each member of the group must submit their group’s PowerPoint slide through the appropriate link in Moodle. Please refer to the unit website in Moodle for detailed information about the presentation session and marking criteria.

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 technology employed will be determined on an individual basis.

Project working documents (5% )

Due: Friday, Week 12

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

Project report and technical implementation (40%)

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 an 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 it. 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 touched in your studies, but you would like to explore them in-depth and implement.

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

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Group submission

via Moodle

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

1. Develop solutions to security problems and threats.

2. Apply the concepts taught in network security specialisation units.

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

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

5. Apply time management, prioritisation and organisational skills in order to address real world problems.

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

7. Demonstrate technical skills, communication skills, and both professional and ethical behaviour.

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

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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