Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject begins with an overview of security attacks on system and network services, and a discussion of different existing security mechanism. The main focus is system, network and web security. You will learn (1) intrusion detection systems and firewalls that can be used to protect a computer system from security threats such as intruders, viruses and worms; and(2) the use of cryptographic algorithms and security protocols for providing network and internet security in terms of user authentication/ identification, IP security and Web security. You will also learn advanced information security through research papers and case studies.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKhoa Phan

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed CSE5NEF or CSE5NSF and must be admitted into SMCYC or SMCYL or SMCYB or obtain subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsCSE5NSW

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse system/network security and identify security flaws in a system/network.
02. Analyse cryptographic algorithms (encryption, hash functions, digital signature, key exchange etc. and the underlying mathematical structures.
03. Identify and investigate ethical and social considerations relevant to information privacy and security issues.
04. Critically review and analyse the operation of firewalls and intrusion detection systems to improve threat detection.
05. Analyse system/network vulnerabilities to improve network design.
06. Analyse system/network vulnerability and design access control mechanisms

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKhoa Phan

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

First mid-term problem solving written test (500-word equivalent)To be conducted in Week 4. This test is scheduled early in the semester and has a small weightage to encourage the students to engage in learning on a regular basis.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2

Two x30 minute online tests (500 words each)Conducted on a fortnightly basis.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One final 2-hour exam (2000 words equivalent)Hurdle requirement: To pass the subject, a pass in the examination is mandatory.

N/ACentral examIndividualYes60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Second mid-term problem solving written test (1,000-word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO6