Not offered in 2019

Unit description

Covers the various controls which can be implemented in information systems to guard against both intentional and unintentional threats. Students will examine techniques by which combinations of controls can be jointly implemented to provide effective countermeasures against threats. Students will apply risk analysis techniques to the development of security plans and security strategies.

Unit content

Topic 1: Overview & fundamental concepts of computer security.

Topic 2: Cryptography

Topic 3: IT security risk assessment

Topic 4: IT security planning

Topic 5: Authentication

Topic 6: Access control & security models

Topic 7: Network security 1: malicious software

Topic 8: Network security 2: denial of service

Topic 9: Network security 3: intrusion detection & intrusion prevention

Topic 10: Human factors in security management & legal & ethical considerations

Topic 11: Physical & infrastructure security

Topic 12: Internet security

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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