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Monash University

FIT3031 Information and network security - Semester 2, 2014

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

  • Gippsland (Day)
  • Gippsland (Off-campus)
  • Malaysia (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

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

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships


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


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

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Joarder Kamruzzaman


Simon Egerton

Your feedback to Us

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For more information on Monash’s educational strategy, see:

www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/ and on student evaluations, see: www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

The main highlights 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 exams. This was implemented in Semester 1. The second assignment will be a class test in Summer Semester B as well. But with OCL student enrolment, implementation of a class test is not feasible in Semester 2.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  • describe OSI security architecture and apply common security standards and protocols for network security applications e.g. electronic mail, IP, web and network management;
  • critically assess threats, vulnerabilities and risks to an organisations information assets and propose control technologies and techniques which can be applied to reduce the security risk;
  • apply cryptographic techniques to develop methods to disguise information to ensure its integrity, confidentiality and authenticity;
  • describe the ethical, legal and criminal issues relating to the security of information and network systems;
  • implement cryptographic algorithms and security protocols to provide security over networks and the Internet;
  • design system security against intruders and malicious software;
  • apply security configurations to computer and network based applications.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 OSI Security Architecture  
2 Symmetric Encryption Tutorial 1
3 Asymmetric Encryption Tutorial 2
4 Authentication Applications Tutorial 3
5 Web Security Tutorial 4
6 Wireless Network Security Tutorial 5
7 Email Security Tutorial 6, Assignment 1 due on Friday, 12 September 2014
8 IP Security Tutorial 7
9 Intrusion detection Tutorial 8
10 Malicious software Tutorial 9
11 Firewalls Tutorial 10, Assignment 2 due 3PM, Friday, 17 October 2014
12 Network Management Tutorial 11
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

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

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 Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 20% 3PM, Friday, 12 September 2014, Week 7
Assignment 2 20% 3PM, Friday, 17 October 2014, Week 11
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

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, wireless and electronic mail security will be tested.
    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

    Further details will be provided in the assignment specification.

    Due date:
    3PM, Friday, 12 September 2014, Week 7
  • Assessment task 2
    Assignment 2
    This Assignment 2 is designed to test students' understanding of security protocols and standard practices, including IP security. This will be based on the topics covered in Weeks 6 to 11.
    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. The appropriateness of the formatted report style

    Further details will be provided in the assignment specification.

    Due date:
    3PM, Friday, 17 October 2014, Week 11


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

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

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 (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. 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). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash 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. (2013). Network Security Essentials: Applications and Standards. (5th 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


Monash has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and to provide advice on how they might uphold them. You can find Monash’s Education Policies at: www.policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/academic/education/index.html

Key educational policies include:

Faculty resources and policies

Important student resources including Faculty policies are located at http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/

Graduate Attributes Policy

Student Charter

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.

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