Courses & Units

Information Security ZAT217

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


In this unit you will learn about the basic principles and techniques for maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and availability of digital information. The basic topics covered include information security goals and threats, cryptographic algorithms, and procedures for safe and secure information flow. The advanced topics covered include incident response and contingency planning, standards and practices, and digital forensics. You will gain practical information security experience by working on a realistic and complex case study that involves opportunity to respond to a work-related information security dilemma and rationalise and communicate information security solutions. By the end of the unit, you will know how to apply symmetric encryption to ensure message confidentiality, as well as public-key cryptography for message authentication, and how to integrate basic information security principles into network, application and database systems.


Unit name Information Security
Unit code ZAT217
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Technologies

Luke Mirowski

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 3 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 3 On-Campus Off-Campus Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 3 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 3 20/7/2020 10/8/2020 25/8/2020 25/9/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

LO1Define the concepts of confidentiality, availability and integrity as they relate to information security.
LO2Compare and contrast information security governance and management of information security.
LO3Explain the principles of information security management in a variety of contexts.
LO4Apply discipline based skills and knowledge in dynamic practice situations
LO5Analyse and communicate core concepts related to discipline knowledge and practice
LO6Analyse and evaluate applications of innovative and/or entrepreneurial practice
LO7Develop and communicate understandings related to graduate attributes and transferable skills as adaptive practitioners



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 029901

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Teaching Pattern

Teaching material and tutorial support will be provided weekly through MyLO during the term.

Students will be required to attend two to three on campus practical sessions per term (2-3 hours per session).

Internet access is required for this course as students are required to access study materials provided online through MyLO. Please log into MyLO on the first day of each teaching period.


AT1: Online Quiz (20%)

AT2: Portfolio (including artefacts) (30%)

AT3: Case Study (50%)

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