Networks and Security Major - Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences

In the Networks and Security major you study the basics and infrastructure of networking, and learn to configure, implement and analyse network devices. This includes information network administration and network security to an advanced level.

Information is often an organisation’s most precious asset – but 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. That’s why networks and security are areas that are universally important. This major focuses on practical projects where you apply your knowledge to implement networks and secure systems.


This is part of the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences.

Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. You must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree).

Year 1

All students take seven core papers that are compulsory for all majors. You also choose one other mathematics paper.

Complete the following papers

And choose one of

Year 2

Complete the following papers

And choose one of

And choose 30 points from the elective papers below or other Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Year 3

Complete the following papers

And choose one of

And choose 45 points from the elective papers below or other Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Workplace experience

The Research and Development Project paper brings together the skills you’ve developed throughout your degree. You apply what you’ve learnt in a project for an industry client or research centre, under the guidance of an experienced supervisor.

Recent client companies included:

  • Auckland Council
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
  • NZcare

Elective papers

Level 5 papers

Level 6 papers

Level 7 papers

More details about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Search for a paper (Arion)

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

  • IT security analyst
  • Network analyst
  • Network designer
  • Systems and network administrator
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Key features
  • Design and implement network and security solutions
  • Prepare for Cisco CCNA certification and the requirements of CCNP certification
  • A major research project for an industry organisation or research centre
  • Offered at the AUT City Campus and AUT South Campus
See yourself as
  • Logical
  • A planner
  • Strategically-minded
  • A problem-solver
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Michelle Elizabeth Edwin

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