Course Title: Industry Awareness Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industry Awareness Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Joanne Hall

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2511

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced prerequisites:

You must have completed INTE1120 AND INTE1122 to enrol in this course

Course Description

INTE1130 Industry Awareness Project is the initial component of a 24-credit point research sequence. The subsequent component is INTE1131Industry Linkage Project.
Both capstone courses build on the capabilities acquired during your previous and concurrent studies within MC159 Master of Applied Science (Information Security and Assurance).
Information security professionals are routinely required to access, investigate, synthesise and critically assess the quality and relevance of information, generate solutions to problems and devise a variety of implementation strategies.
In INTE1130 Industry Awareness Project you will conduct a substantial industry-oriented project that must demonstrate elements of research and enquiry. INTE1131 Industry Linkage Project provides the opportunity to implement the ideas that were researched in INTE1130 and engage with an industry partner.
In INTE1130 Industry Awareness Project you will put into practice ideas you have been nurturing regarding pursuit of a professional career or postgraduate research in a particular sphere of information security or other IT related field. You will investigate the requisite information to develop real world solutions to real world information security problems in that area. You will be expected to work in teams to complete a literature survey; identify the project you propose to undertake; and relate it to your industry scenario. This will involve advanced internet/data base searching, critical evaluation of journal articles and/or white papers.
This course includes a Work Integrated Learning component in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. The WIL component requires you to contact potential industry partners and request feedback on your proposed research topic. This component must be documented.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of the course, you should be able to:

1. Efficiently access library facilities and electronic information systems in order to conduct a research and/or a substantial industry-oriented project;
2. Critically assess published work, use a range of sources to identify the issues, and recognise that different sources will present different perspectives;
3. Use information for decision making and problem solving;
4. Present, in a professional manner, written and oral reports on the topic under consideration which discriminate between commenting on and copying of information;
5. Apply your investigative and reporting skills to the implementation of evidence-based solutions to real world situations encountered in your current or potential professional information security role;
6. Work in pairs or groups, allocate work and be able to arrive at compatible workloads and percentage allocations.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC159 Master of Applied Science (Information Security and Assurance):

International Orientation and Strategic Thinking

• Graduates will have a strategic and practical overview of the issues in information security and assurance.

Critical Analysis and Problem Solving

In this area graduates will possess the ability to
• Evaluate information security risks across diverse service settings including the Internet and WWW based commerce systems, high bandwidth digital communications and funds transfer services,
• Undertake professional careers or postgraduate research in information security or other IT related fields, acquiring the required information needed to identify real world solutions to real world information security problems.


• Graduates will have the ability to communicate both technical and non-technical material in a range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) and to tailor the style and means of communication to different audiences.

Ethical Values

• Graduates will exhibit an ability to appreciate the ethical considerations that inform judgments and decision making in academic and professional settings.

Self-Management, Teamwork and Leadership

• Graduates will possess the ability to work effectively within and potentially as a leader of an interdisciplinary team.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be required to choose a partner (or partners) and attend regular meetings with your team and project supervisor to identify a project and decide the necessary focus before you start practical work on the project. Teams will be required to schedule meetings, maintain logs of meeting, allocate work among themselves and finally arrive at a consensual percentage allocation of the final report.
Canvas will be used for team communications and submissions throughout.

Teams are expected to initiate meetings with their supervisor at mutually agreed intervals. Each student is expected to spend 9-10 hours per week during semester working on their project in close consultation with their team members.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to access subject material from a variety of external sources, including material on the Internet. The Internet will be the most important source for academic, technical and white papers and you will be required to use this as a learning resource on a regular basis.
Appropriate references, to be accessed from the library or elsewhere, will be used in this course.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1:  Project proposal
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLO  1

Assessment Task 2: Draft report and formal written final report
Weighting 60%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: Demonstrable participation in team and peer review
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLO 6

Assessment Task 4: Presentation of findings to peers
Weighting 20% 
This assessment supports CLOs 4, 5

Assessment in this course may also contribute towards assessment in INTE1131