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FIT3031 Information and network security - Semester 1, 2013

This unit will provide students with an understanding of: OSI security architecture; common information risks and requirements; operation of encryption techniques; digital signatures; public key infrastructure; authentication and non-repudiation; intrusion detection and response; firewall defence; privacy and ethics issues; security configurations to PC-based applications; and design of information systems with security compliance and security standards and protocols.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Day)
  • South Africa (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload requirements

Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:

For on-campus students:

  • Lectures: 2 hours per week
  • Tutorials: 2 hours per week per tutorial
  • up to an additional 8 hours per week for private study, revision, participating in newsgroup discussions and  working on assignments.

Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however, you should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

Unit Relationships


CPE3001, CPE2007, CSE2500, GCO2831, FIT2058, FIT3018, FIT4028, GCO4831


One of FIT1005, FIT1031, FIT1019, FIT2008, CSE2318, CSE3318 or GCO1815

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Nandita Bhattacharjee

Consultation hours: Mondays: 1PM-2PM during the teaching semester

South Africa

Oladayo Bello

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
  • describe OSI security architecture;
  • describe common security standards and protocols for network security applications e.g. electronic mail, IP, web and network management;
  • understand common information risks and requirements;
  • explain the operation of conventional and public-key encryption techniques;
  • describe the concepts and techniques for digital signatures, authentication and non-repudiation;
  • understand privacy and ethics issues;
  • appreciate the need for the digital certificates and public key infrastructure;
  • appreciate the importance of system security against intruders and malicious software using firewalls;
  • appreciate the relevance of privacy and ethics issues to organisations and individuals;
  • apply simple security configurations to PC based applications e.g. email, Internet, computer administration;
  • design information systems with security compliance.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Lecture 1: OSI Security Architecture No Tutorials
2 Lecture 2: Symmetric Encryption Tutorial 1
3 Lecture 3: Asymmetric Encryption Tutorial 2
4 Lecture 4 : Authentication Applications Tutorial 3
5 Lecture 5: Web Security Tutorial 4
6 Lecture 6: Wireless Network Security Tutorial 5, Assignment 1 due by 3PM, Friday 19 April 2013
7 Lecture 7: Email Security Tutorial 6
8 Lecture 8: IP Security Tutorial 7
9 Lecture 9: Intrusion Detection Tutorial 8
10 Lecture 10: Malicious Software Tutorial 9
11 Lecture 11: Firewalls Tutorial 10
12 Lecture 12: Network Management Class Test during the lecture 4PM-5PM, Monday 27 May 2013; Tutorial 11 and 12
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy:

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 20% 3PM, Friday 19 April 2013, Week 6
Class Test 20% 4PM-5PM, Monday 27 May 2013, Week 12
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
The teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning, equipping you with the ability to apply skills upon completion.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Assignment 1
    This assignment is designed to test students' understanding of symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic concepts and how they can be applied in real world applications. In addition the concepts and network security applications in relation to web and wireless network security will be tested. It will be based on the topics covered in Weeks 1 to 6 (including the topic covered in Week 6 - Wireless Network Security).
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. How well underlying principles and theories are demonstrated in the student's answer
    2. The appropriateness of the formatted report style
    3. The quality of the student's argument
    4. Performance in the on-line quizzes held during the tutorials each week

    Further details will be provided in the assignment specification.

    Due date:
    3PM, Friday 19 April 2013, Week 6
  • Assessment task 2
    Class Test
    The class test is designed to test students' understanding of security protocols and standard practices, including IP security. The test will be held in Week 12 during the second hour of the lecture. It will be based on the topics covered in Weeks 1 to 8 (including the topic covered in Week 8 - IP Security).
    Criteria for assessment:
    1. How well underlying principles and theories are demonstrated in the student's answer
    2. The quality of the student's argument
    3. Performance in the on-line quizzes held during the tutorials each week

    Further details will be provided in the assignment specification.

    Due date:
    4PM-5PM, Monday 27 May 2013, Week 12


  • Examination 1
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Quiz results
  • Other: Solutions to tutes and labs will be discussed in class. Assignment feedback will be provided via comments.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement ( for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Online submission

For  Electronic Submission of Assignment 1 please submit your work via the Moodle learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the portal.

Required Resources

Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.


The software used in this unit is available in the public domain. The software is PGP encryption software which is available at:


Prescribed text(s)

Limited copies of prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library.

W. Stallings. ( 2011). Network Security Essentials: Applications and Standards. (4th Edition) Pearson International.

Recommended text(s)

O. Poole. (2003). Network Security - A Practical Guide. () Butterworth Heinemann.

J. H. Allen. (2001). The CERT Guide to System and Network Security Practices. () Addison-Wesley.

M. Kaeo. (2004). Designing Network Security - A Practical Guide to Creating a Secure Network Infrastructure. () CISCO Press.

R. Oppliger. (2003). Security Technologies for the World Wide Web. () Artech House.

Other Information


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Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

Your feedback to Us

Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

The main changes last year were the addition of:

  • Weekly quizzes
  • Real life problems in tutorials
  • Lab exercises designed to run from students' laptop/desktop 

The teaching team agreed to consider a class test based on student response to the exam. This was implemented in Semester 1. But with OCL student enrolment, implementation of a class test is not feasible in Semester 2.

Students who attempted the weekly quizzes performed better in the exam. In Semester 1, 2013 on-line quizzes will be conducted during the tutorials to assist students learn progressively.

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