Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


As organisations and users increasingly rely upon networked applications for assessing information and making critical business decisions, securing distributed applications is becoming extremely significant. This course is concerned with the protection of information in computing systems and networks. It addresses concepts and techniques for securing distributed applications.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify key security requirements and trends in a distributed networked computing environment.

2. Describe security threats and apply security functionalities to counteract security threats.

3. Apply security techniques and mechanisms to develop secure systems and protocols.

4. Utilise analytical skills to evaluate security protocols and mechanisms.

5. Evaluate authentication and access control security functionalities in distributed systems and networks.


  1. Course overview
  2. Cryptographic techniques
  3. Key management and distribution
  4. User authentication
  5. Access control
  6. Operating system security
  7. Distributed system security
  8. Network security
  9. Application security

Assumed knowledge

1. A basic understanding of the structure and function of operating systems.

2. A basic understanding of computer networks and network protocols.

3. Discrete math (number theory).

4. Programming skills (Java or Python or C++).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1 - Security Fundamentals

Written Assignment: Assignment 2 - Authentication and System Security

Written Assignment: Assignment 3 - Network Security and Secure Coding

Formal Examination: Formal Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students whose overall mark in the course is 50% or more, but who score less than 40% in the compulsory item and thus fail to demonstrate the required proficiency, will be awarded a Criterion Fail grade, which will show as FF on their formal transcript. However, students in this position who have scored at least 25% in the compulsory item will be allowed to undertake a supplementary 'capped' assessment in which they can score at most 50% of the possible mark for that item.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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