Networks and Security major - Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences

Information is often an organisation’s most precious asset – it’s also one of its most vulnerable assets. New information security threats and attacks are constantly developing and the only solution is to develop increasingly secure networks. The result? Networks and security are subject areas that are universally important to information systems.

The Networks and Security major in the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (BCIS) offers hands-on projects to enable you to move beyond a theoretical understanding of the field, and enable you to apply your knowledge in implementing networks and secure systems. You study the basics and infrastructure of networking with a practical view towards developing skills that enable you to configure, implement and analyse network devices. This includes information network administration and network security to an advanced level.

As a graduate of this major you’ll be able to effectively design and implement network and security solutions and have a sound understanding of contemporary information security practices and technologies.

Key features

  • Effectively design and implement network and security solutions
  • Gain Cisco CCNA certification and the requirements of CCNP certification
  • Opportunity to complete a major research project for an industry organisation or research centre


Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. You must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree). In each year you will study core (compulsory) papers, and select other papers from a range of options.

Year 1
Level 5:
145612 Applied Communication (15 points)

405021 Enterprise Systems (15 points)
405701 Programming 1 (15 points)
405702 Computing Technology in Society (15 points)
405703 Foundations of IT Infrastructure (15 points)
405704 Programming 2 (15 points)
735316 Computer Network Principles (15 points)


715184 Applied Statistics (15 points)
715186 Differential and Integral Calculus (15 points)
715189 Algebra and Discrete Mathematics (15 points)
MATH500 Mathematical Concepts (15 points)

Year 2
Level 6:
406027 IT Project Management (15 points)
406702 Data and Process Modelling (15 points)
406703 Logical Database Design (15 points)
406925 Network and System Administration (15 points)
736392 Computer Network Applications (15 points)

406706 Physical Database Design (15 points)
406707 Operating Systems (15 points)
With a further two papers (30 points) from the Additional Papers list below or other Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Year 3
Level 7:
407009 Research and Development Project (30 points)
407709 Advanced Network Technologies (15 points)
407713 Network Security (15 points)

407708 Information Security Management (15 points)
717287 Distributed and Mobile Systems (15 points)
With a further three papers (45 points) from the Additional Papers list below or other Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Additional papers (subject to availability and sufficient student numbers):

Level 5:
405708 Introduction to Programming (15 points)
735318 Programming for Engineering Applications (15 points)
735320 Object Oriented Applications (15 points)

Level 6:
716288 Computer Graphics (15 points)

Level 7:
407012 From Perception to Technology: 3-D Display and Haptic Systems (15 points)
407210 Needs Analysis and Acquisition (15 points)
407703 IT Project Practice (15 points)
407780 Special Topic (15 points)
717310 Game Programming (15 points)

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Career opportunities

  • IT security analyst
  • Network configuration
  • Network designer
  • Systems and network administrator

Last updated: 27-Jul-2015 11.39am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.