COMP SCI 3309 - Cybersecurity A Practical Application
North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 3309 Course Cybersecurity A Practical Application Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Winter Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites One of COMP SCI 1007, COMP SCI 1009, COMP SCI 1103, COMP SCI 1203, COMP SCI 2103, COMP SCI 2202 or COMP SCI 2202B Assumed Knowledge COMP SCI 2005 Course Description In this course, students will be involved in a simulation of real world security applications. Students will be required to learn and apply both offensive and defensive security techniques in conjunction with other Computer Science related skills in order to defend their own networks, whilst attacking others. This course focuses on tasks that cyber security specialists require to perform their roles, including identifying vulnerabilities, creating exploits, and creating mitigations. Students will be required to work in teams to complete this course.
Course Coordinator: Matthew Hart
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesStudents will learn offensive security techniques. Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to identify vulnerabilities,
- Construct exploits from those vulnerabilities, and
- Investigate and report on potential mitigations of vulnerabilities.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1,2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
Required ResourcesStudents will be provided with access to the challenge infrastructure and online resources as required.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is primarily done in teams with active practical work. Students are expected to work on the practical, and uncover as many vulnerabilities as possible.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
As a guide, this course should be handled as a full time investment, and teams should expect to spend large amounts of time together detecting and exploiting vulnerabilities. A large component to this course is the final written report, and should be prioritised accordingly.
Learning Activities SummaryStudents will be exposed to a wide range of vulnerabilities, and expected to investigate each vulnerability in depth – including details such as summaries, working exploits, and overall impact
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Assessment Summary• 5% participation
• 15% for completing over 70% of the challenges (including at least one Hard and one Diabolical challenge) (outcomes 1,2,3)
• 20% executive summary report. (outcomes 1,2,3)
• 60% individual final written report. (outcomes 1,2,3).
Assessment Related RequirementsNo course-specific requirements.
Assessment DetailParticipation - Students will be required to work in teams to complete challenges, attend lectures, and fully engage with the course.
Challenge completion – Teams will be required to complete at least 70% of the overall challenges, including at least one Hard and one diabolical challenge.
Executive Summary – Teams will be required to develop and submit an executive summary of their findings as a team.
Individual Written Report – Each student will be required to individually write up each of their findings, and submit a detailed written report.
SubmissionAll work will be submitted through the School of Computer Science’s electronic submission forums, including Canvas (myUni) and the School’s web submission gateway. All programs are to be submitted in the programming language specified, and text reports are to be submitted as PDF files.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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