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CIS8720 Cyber Security Project

Semester 2, 2023 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 2
School or Department : School of Business
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 28 May 2023


Course Coordinator: KC Chan


Pre-requisite: CSC8100 and CIS5100


This optional course is designed to allow students to pursue an industry (or comparable) project to articulate knowledge in an organisational setting so that Cyber Security skills leading to employment can be demonstrated. In particular, this course provides students the freedom to undertake a project relevant to their workplace or area of interest in the domain of Cyber Security.

This course requires students to undertake a practical Cyber Security project conducted in an industry (or a comparable) setting with their project area as guided by their academic supervisor(s). Students will discuss the project with the Course Examiner, then along with the supervisory team agree on the exact format of their project, due dates and a schedule of supervision and associated deliverables. It is imperative that students work with an appropriate team of supervisors and obtain their approval and ability to supervise the project prior to the start of the semester of study. As part of this process students should be able to outline a substantial project brief that incorporates significant project issues as well as providing practical experiences relevant to their career development. The project may be either sponsored by the student's employer or independently canvassed by students. The project background work will identify the major issues associated with the project and provide a basis for the conduct of the project. Enrolment for this course is limited and is subject to the availability of a supervisor. This project is normally taken in the final semester of the study.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. successfully plan, implement, report on and complete a Cyber Security project;
  2. apply a range of relevant soft skills for effective teamwork;
  3. operate (interact with stakeholders outside the team) in a team environment specific to organisational setting relevant to Cyber Security;
  4. engage and communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive (both orally and in writing) to a wide range of audiences;
  5. justify and defend theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Identification of a suitable industry and justify industry alignment to the chosen project. 10.00
2. Develop a project brief including a case to undertake the project, and receive necessary approvals. 10.00
3. Develop a comprehensive project brief by following a project management approach. 15.00
4. Communication of the project (including its solution path), reporting and presentation to relevant stakeholders. 15.00
5. Present the project outcomes to a wider audience and fielding their questions. 25.00
6. Develop and submit a comprehensive project outcome report. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course as this is a project course and the content will be through weekly discussions and conversations.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay Yes 20 1,2
Assignments Written Planning document Yes 20 1,2,3
Assignments Oral Presentation (ind, grp, mltmd) Yes 30 1,2,3,4,5
Assignments Written Report Yes 30 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 28 May 2023