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Required Resources

The standard operating environment provided in FIT computer labs is considered adequate for most purposes. However, most of the tutorial exercises require the use of an open source Linux environment, which is provided in the assigned FIT computer laboratory.

Software may be:

  • downloaded from the resources page on the unit web site
  • purchased at academic price at good software retailers

Unit Schedule

Week Date* Activities Assessment
0 21/02/11 Unit introduction on the website (No Lecture) No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 28/02/11 Unit introduction to VPNs (no lab or tute)  
2 07/03/11 Networking concepts  
3 14/03/11 Encryption  
4 21/03/11 Authentication and Authorisation  
5 28/03/11 Key Management & CA  
6 04/04/11 Building simple VPNs  
7 11/04/11 VPN Protocols I Assignment 1 due on Friday 15 April 2011, 12PM
8 18/04/11 VPN Protocols II  
Mid semester break
9 02/05/11 Building and IPSec VPN  
10 09/05/11 VPN with Windows  
11 16/05/11 Non standard protocols & Plenary session Lab Assessment
12 23/05/11 (No Lecture) VPN Project - A2 Theoretical work Assignment 2 in-lab demonstrations during week 12. Assignment 2 due on Friday 27 May 2011, 12PM
  30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

*Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

Assessment Policy

To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

  • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
  • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
  • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1
    This is a theoretical assignment requiring research into selected topic relating to the concepts covered in the lectures. It is done individually by the students.
    Criteria for assessment:

    This assignment tests the students' ability to to build upon the concepts learnt in the lectures, by independently researching the specified topics, and reporting upon these clearly and concisely, in their written reports. This requires,

    1. Correctness and understanding - there may be more than one "right" answer in many cases. We will look for answers that reflect understanding of the underlying principles and theories.
    2. Completeness - that you have answered all parts of each question. Presentation - that you have presented your answers in a suitably formatted report style.
    3. Use of evidence and argument - you are able to explain your position by using logical argument drawing on the theory presented in the unit.
    Due date:
    Friday 15 April 2011, 12PM (teaching week 07)
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2
    This assignment is completed in groups of up to five students. The students are provided with a real life like VPN design case. They demonstrate the specified aspects of this project in the lab, and later submit a written report detailing the overall design of the project.
    Criteria for assessment:

    This assignment tests the practical skills learnt in the tutorial sessions by students developing practical aspects of the VPN, and demonstrating these aspects in the last week of the semester. The theoretical component of this assignment tests the students' overall understanding, of the unit, through an overall VPN design based on a realistic case study.

    The assessment criteria takes into account (1) the overall work load of the group and (2) any variations in levels of individual contribution when allocating marks to each group member.

    Due date:
    Friday 27 May 2011, 12PM (teaching week 12)
  • Assessment task 3
    Tutorial assessment
    The theoretical aspects covered in the lectures are practically undertaken in the tutorial sessions by the students for this assessment.
    Criteria for assessment:

    This assessment comprises the following.

    • Demonstration of hands-on skills acquired in the labs relating to the VPN developments; including related skills in areas of system management and network adminstration.
    • Assessment of the lecture material through multiple choice questions. 
    Due date:
    Practical demonstrations in week 12 and the tutorial sheet submissions at the end of the semester.


Assignment submission

Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Resubmission of assignments

Resubmission of assignments and tutorial work will not be allowed

Referencing requirements

Referencing requirements will be provided during the lecture.


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Reading List

Greg Holden. Guide to Firewalls and Network Security Intrusion Detection and VPNs. THOMSON ISBN 0619130393

Greg Holden. Guide to Network Defense and Counter Measures. THOMSON ISBN 0619131241

Thaddeus Fortenberry. Windows 2000 Virtual Private Networking. 1stEd. Que (2000) ISBN 1578702461

Meeta Gupta. Building a Virtual Private Network. 1stEd. PremierPress (2002) ISBN 1931841810

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