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CSEC3888: Cybersecurity Project

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

The Cybersecurity project will provide students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and practise the skills acquired in the prerequisite and qualifying units, in the context of designing and building a substantial cybersecurity system in diverse application domains including life sciences. Students will need to demonstrate sensible application of cybersecurity knowledge and skills in their project including deciding on most suitable authentication protocols, cryptographic primitives, security assessment strategies, security proofs (if applicable). Working in groups for an external client combined with academic supervision, students will need to carry out the full range of activities including requirements capture, analysis and design, coding, testing and documentation. Students will use the XP methodology and make use of professional tools for the management of their project.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CSEC3888
Academic unit Computer Science
Credit points 6
(COMP2017 or COMP2907) and ISYS2120 and ELEC3506
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Xiu Wang,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Progressive group reports & presentation
Progressive group reports & presentation
5% Multiple weeks Multiple weeks (W3, W5, W9, W11)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Small continuous assessment Individual contribution reports
Individual contribution reports (W5, W9, W11)
5% Progressive multiple weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3
Assignment Assignment 1
Individual Contribution Report (W6)
10% Week 05
Due date: 05 Sep 2022 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Presentation group assignment First project demo and presentation
1st presentation and demo (group work)
5% Week 06 in-tutorial
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment First project report (group)
First project report (group)
10% Week 06 multiple weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Presentation group assignment First client deployment
deploy & demo first product at client site.
5% Week 07 multiple weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Presentation group assignment Final project demo and presentation
Final project demo and presentation (group work)
10% Week 12 in-tutorial
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO3
Presentation group assignment Final product delivery to client
Complete product delivery & demo at the client site.
10% Week 12 multiple weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment group assignment Final project report (group)
Final project report (group)
20% Week 12 Multiple weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
Assignment Final Assignment
Individual Contribution Report (W13)
20% Week 13
Due date: 31 Oct 2022 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

1 . First project demo and presentation: present the work done to understand the client’s requirements and complete the first set of requirements. This should be a major release, with some working and useful outcomes for the client and some parts presented in proposed form such as storyboards.
2 . First project report (group): reports the work done to understand the client’s requirements and complete the first set of requirements. It should also report on the group work and processes followed, systems and software tools used, and client interaction.
3. Individual contribution reports (5 individual reports)*: focuses on the individual contributions to the group project work completed by each student. All students will be required to give some feedback about the other team members of their group, in order to validate the individual reports as well.
4. First client deployment: first set of test and implemented requirements must be deployed at client site. Students need to demonstrate that that the group has had a professional approach to the project deployment and worked to ensure that the client will be satisfied. The client will be consulted to ratify the deployment.
5. Final delivery to client: final product and relevant documentation delivered to the client. This includes all the sources, necessary technical documentation and any product or documentation that the client required at the start of the project.
6. Final project demo and presentation: must provide a convincing demonstration that the group has performed a substantial amount of work that meets client needs and have had a professional approach to achieving that.
7. Final project report (group) : this report discusses important aspects including technical details of the final delivered product, how it met client’s needs, approach followed to interact with the client, group’s discipline knowledge and skills used to tackle problems, the quality of the processes followed and the effectiveness of group management processes.

* The marks obtained from this assessemnt will be used to scale the total marks obtained from the group assessments as follows:
final mark = total individual contribution marks + (total marks obtained from group assessments * percentage of individual contribution marks)

Detailed information for each assessment will be communicated on Canvas through the tutorials and Ed discussion forum.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).
As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

For more information see
It is a policy of the School of Computer Science that in order to pass this unit, a student must achieve at least 40% in the written examination. For subjects without a final exam, the 40% minimum requirement applies to the corresponding major assessment component specified by the lecturer. A student must also achieve an overall final mark of 50 or more. Any student not meeting these requirements may be given a maximum final mark of no more than 45 regardless of their average.

Result name Mark range Description
High distinction 85-100  
Distinction 75-84  
Credit 65-74  
Pass 50-64  
Fail 0-49 When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.


For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

In accordance with university polcies

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Unit overview, team formation, presentation /proposals of projects offered, collection of teams preferences Lecture (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 02 1. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group; 2. Group work and big 5 theory for efficient team work; 3. Group contract, XP, group management tools & first meeting with client Project (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 03 1. group progress demo and presentation; 2. discuss progress in terms of classic XP elements; 3. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group; 4. progress with new /existing requirements (user stories) implementation and testing. Project (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 04 1. Workload management and awareness of teamwork; 2. Working towards first demo and report; 3. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group 4. prototype implementation and testing; 5. reflection (group demo and presentation) Project (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 05 1. Continue working towards first prototype, demo and report; 2. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group 3. prototype implementation and testing 4. more/refine requirements; 5. 1st Progressive Report Project (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 06 1. First presentation & demo and reports by all groups. 2. preparation for first client deployment & demos. Project (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 07 1. continue working on new user stories /requirements 2. Preparation for first client demo at client site 3. implementation of other requirements 4.Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group; 5. Reflection (First Presentation; First Group Project Report; First Individual Report) Project (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 08 1. progress with requirements (user stories); implements & test requirements 2. Code refactoring, more tests (user acceptance tests); 3. implementation of requirements (user stories); 4. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group to discuss feedback on first reports, development progress & first client deployment follow ups. Project (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 09 1. code refactoring and progress with requirements (user stories) 2. implementation & testing of requirements (user stories) 3. Advanced testing types; 4. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group to discuss development progress, client's feedback and interactions; 5. 2nd progress report submission Project (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 10 1. code refactoring and progress with requirements (user stories); implementation & testing of requirements (user stories) 2. Advanced testing types 3. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group to discuss development progress 4. initial planning for final client deployment; 5. reflection (2nd progress report) Project (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 11 1. code refactoring and progress with requirements (user stories); implementation & testing of requirements (user stories) 2.Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group to discuss development progress 3. planning for final product delivery & demo; 4. 3rd progress report. Project (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 12 1. Final project presentation & demo (intutorial); 2.Final product delivery & demo at client site Project (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7
Week 13 1. Final Report (Individual) (wiki & Canvas) Due Monday; 2. Concluding remarks and feedback; 3. follow ups on final assessments 4. follow ups on client's final product demo and delivery 5. completion of project work and documentation where needed 7. Tutor meet all managers & tutor meets each group to discuss development progress Project (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO7

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. produce written reports of student's work in a style that conforms to their discipline and is appropriate for clients to check
  • LO2. Give an oral presentation of student’s work and its rationale to the student’s discipline
  • LO3. Work in a small group of students, to deliver substantial results for clients
  • LO4. Follow a systematic process of work, with appropriate mechanisms for dealing with risks, such as unforeseen factors and delays
  • LO5. Use previously unfamiliar tools and to integrate with previously unfamiliar software/systems, learning their use from examples and documentation
  • LO6. Work with clients to discover their needs and to demonstrate that the delivered results meet those needs
  • LO7. Apply discipline expertise in software engineering to solve problems and meet the needs of clients.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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