Networks and Security major - Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences


Future careers in Networks & Security

Networks and security professionals are employed in almost all medium to large organisations and many have dedicated teams of network and security managers and professionals. Explore your post study career opportunities in this guide.
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

Career opportunities

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


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)
735316 Computer Network Principles (15 points)
COMP500 Programming 1 (15 points)
COMP501 Computing Technology in Society (15 points)
COMP502 Foundations of IT Infrastructure (15 points)
COMP503 Programming 2 (15 points)
INFS500 Enterprise Systems (15 points)


MATH500 Mathematical Concepts (15 points)
MATH501 Differential and Integral Calculus (15 points)
MATH502 Algebra and Discrete Mathematics (15 points)
STAT500 Applied Statistics (15 points)

Year 2

Level 6:
736392 Computer Network Applications (15 points)
COMP600 IT Project Management (15 points)
COMP609 Network and System Administration (15 points)
INFS600 Data and Process Modelling (15 points)
INFS601 Logical Database Design (15 points)

COMP604 Operating Systems (15 points)
INFS602 Physical Database Design (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:
COMP704 Research and Development Project (30 points)
COMP714 Advanced Network Technologies (15 points)
COMP715 Network Security (15 points)

COMP713 Distributed and Mobile Systems (15 points)

COMP718 Information Security Management (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:
COMP505 Introduction to Programming (15 points)
ENSE501 Programming for Engineering Applications (15 points)
ENSE502 Object Oriented Applications (15 points)

Level 6:
COMP612 Computer Graphics (15 points)
MATH604 Mathematics of Finance (15 points)

Level 7:
COMP705 Special Topic (15 points)
COMP710 Game Programming (15 points)
COMP720 IT Project Practice (15 points)
ENSE702 From Perception to Technology: 3-D Display and Haptic Systems (15 points)
INFS700 Needs Analysis and Acquisition (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.

Last updated: 13-May-2016 11.06am

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