Course Title: Network Security

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Network Security

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Mohammad Hassan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4700

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite: 041157 Internetworking Technologies

Course Description

This course covers the concepts of network security, which includes the following topics:
• Vulnerability and Threats to Network Security
• Introduction to Cryptography and its application to Network Security
• Cryptographic Algorithms

  • Public Key Cryptosystems
  •  Secret Key Cryptosystems
  • Cryptographic Hash Functions
  • Random Number Generators
• Cryptographic Protocols and Standards
• Network Traffic Monitoring and Intrusion Detection Systems
• Firewalls
• Basic Router and Switch security
• Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) Network Security
• Access Control Lists (ACLs)
• Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
• Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) Filtering
• Prevention from Denial of Service Attacks
• IP Spoofing Protection
• Wireless Security

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will gain or improve capabilities in:
• Comparing features of various authentication techniques
• Operational aspects of firewalls and intrusion detection
• Configuring network traffic security
• Securing network management

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

• Describe the security threats facing modern network infrastructures
• Explain authentication techniques
• Secure network devices like routers, switches and PIX
• Configure ACLs to secure network
• Describe operations of firewalls
• Implement basic AAA security using Cisco routers
• Implement secure network management and reporting
• Configure different types of IPSec VPN implementations
• Monitor network traffic and detect intrusion
• Configure security for wireless networks

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

• Attendance at lectures where course material will be presented and explained, and the course contents will be illustrated with demonstrations, animations and examples
• Participate in classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory and application of:
• Cryptographic Algorithms
• Cryptographic Protocols & Standards
• Network Security from Threats
• AAA Protocols
• Virtual Private Networks
• Wireless Security
• Completion of tutorial questions, laboratory assessment and project work to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on your progress and understanding
• Completion of assessments requiring an integrated understanding of the course contents
• Private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and practical problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. You will also use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises:

• Weekly evaluation of your understanding of the important concepts
• Weekly laboratory work to be submitted during the semester
• Completion of a project work
• Written examinations at the end of the semester
• Practical examinations at the end of the semester

Weekly evaluations of understanding of the important concepts will be used to provide feedback to you on your progress in the course during the semester.

During the semester you will be required to give one presentation of no more than 15 minutes on your assigned project work.