SIT716 - Computer Networks and Security


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, GIFT City (India)^

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

Must have passed unit SIT774
For students enrolled in S464: Must have completed 16 credit points.
For students enrolled in S470, S506, S507, S508, S535, S536, S538, S577, S677, S735, S737, S735A, S739, S770, S778, S779, S789: Nil

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1 hour online lecture per week, 1 x 2 hour practical experience (workshop) per week.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning including 1 x 1 hour online lecture per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2 hour online practical experience (workshop) per week.


^GIFT City (India) offering is available to students enrolled at the GIFT City (India) campus only


Computer networks are becoming fundamental in modern life, providing a platform for the delivery of health, education, commerce, and entertainment.  In recent years, computer networks have progressively replaced other networks such as voice and video, replaced physical media for news and entertainment, and provided the platform for new important applications in the areas of the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing.  Unfortunately computer networks are also used by attackers to gain access to confidential information, conduct identity or intellectual property theft, and disable or even take control over remote systems.  In SIT716, students will learn how computer networks function, how they are both targeted by and used as a vehicle for conducting security attacks, and how we secure and defend them.  Key protocols at each layer of the protocol stack will be reviewed, known security vulnerabilities examined and countermeasures identified and explained, and emerging security issues in computer networking will also be considered.  Through practical tasks students will gain experience working with network protocols and learn how security attacks involving network infrastructure can be identified.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must meet certain milestones as part of the portfolio.

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