Faculty of Information Technology

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)


The unit aims to provide the students with in depth knowledge of techniques required to deal with security problems in information systems. The main areas of study include symmetric and asymmetric encryption techniques, cryptographic hash functions with related topics of message authentication codes and digital signatures. Study of techniques and algorithms for providing mutual trust include key management and distribution and user authentication to establish trust in the identity of communicating partner are also included. It looks at various management issues, including use and abuse of encryption, distributed systems authentication and integrity management. A range of security applications are used as examples. Students will learn how to apply cryptographic techniques in practice.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • have knowledge of risks, threats and the goals of information and computer security;
  • have an understanding and implementation of the techniques like encryption, message authentication, hash functions, digital signatures to ensure secrecy, integrity and/or authenticity of information required to deal with security problems;
  • be able to evaluate the effectiveness (both in terms of performance and limitations) of individual control techniques;
  • learn techniques for providing mutual trust in encryption keys used and the identity of a communicating partner;
  • be able to apply the various security techniques to a variety of practical applications.


Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing tutorial and project work, private study and revision.


((FIT5131 or FIT9017) and (FIT5134 or FIT9018) and (FIT5132 or FIT9003 or FIT9019) and (FIT5135 or FIT9020) and (FIT5136 or FIT4037) and (FIT5130 or FIT9030)) or equivalent
Introductory knowledge of computing at the undergraduate level is assumed.



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