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Undergraduate Certificate in Network Security


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6 months full time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake


Regretfully, we are no longer accepting enrolments into this course. The undergraduate certificate was initiated as an interim measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has now been discontinued by the Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA).

What are my options?

You may wish to consider enrolment in the Bachelor of Information Technology as an alternative.

The discontinued Undergraduate Certificate in Network Security consisted of four of the Bachelor subjects, with the same subject learning outcomes and assessments.

Should you prefer not to commit to the full three years of study with the Bachelor qualification, you have the option to exit with an Associate Degree of Information Technology after two years.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor (and Associate) are the same as for Undergraduate Certificate. The Bachelor can be studied full-time or part-time.

Career Pathways

Where will the Undergraduate Certificate in Network Security take me?

Careers in IT are diverse. You may find work and a career pathway across industries and across the globe.

Study Pathways

On successful completion of this certificate, you will be eligible for entry to our Bachelor of Information Technology.

Course Details

Delivery methods

Course delivery continues at Melbourne Polytechnic during the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation the world is facing right now. Our top priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our community.

This program has responded to the COVID-19 restrictions by modifying its delivery to a blended model supporting remote learning. For the immediate term, we’ve changed the way our students attend class, with all lectures, tutorials and seminars moved online.

A collaborative learning environment is created through the requirement of students to attend synchronous online sessions at the normal class times. These sessions are run through Moodle, our learning management system, and conferencing software (e.g. Zoom or Teams). This includes assessment wherever possible.

Alternative arrangements are being made for activities which must be conducted on-campus.

  • Laboratory
  • Seminar
  • Flexible
  • Workshops
  • Lecture
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

Projects, report writing, oral presentations, tests and examinations

Units of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part-time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subject Elective Description Year Semester
BIT121 NETWORK COMMUNICATION CONCEPTS Core Provides students with an an overview of the basic principles of a communication system. The subject examines analogue and digital communication protocols and services at the application, network, data link and physical layers including IP and MAC addressing. 1
BIT243 NETWORK SECURITY Core This subject develops students' knowledge and experience of network security to deal with complex issues and apply sophisticated responses to securing networks. Students will gain understanding in the areas of encryption techniques, security threats, intrusion detection and standard security policies within business. 1
BIT101 Foundations of Information Technology Core Introduces the field of ICT, its personnel and its development from web and database technologies to emerging technologies such as cybercrime, providing a broad overview of the IT industry, including the roles and required skills and knowledge of the IT professional in defining problems and modelling solutions for business. 1
BIT108 FOUNDATIONS OF BUSINESS Core This subject provides an introduction to the key management concepts and core business practices. It covers the major functional areas of business, including management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, and information technology of today’s competitive business world. In addition, it introduces other important concepts such as ethics and social responsibility, forms of ownership, small business and entrepreneurship, and international business, as well as, latest trends in economy, social networking, competition in the global marketplace, and the green movement. 1

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Fees & Costs

Fee-paying Places

Per year $9480
Per semester $0
Per year $20500
Per semester $10250

When you are studying higher education courses you may qualify for FEE-HELP payments for part or all of your tuition fees. FEE-HELP loans do not cover materials costs.

Find out more information about FEE-HELP.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

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Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Successful completion of Year 12 VCE or equivalent with no specified minimum ATAR score and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Successful completion of a Certificate IV course as minimum.

Applicants with higher education

A complete or incomplete higher education qualification.

Applicants with work and life experience

Relevant industry or life experience.

Higher Education Admissions Criteria

As well as the specific entry requirements above, Melbourne Polytechnic admits students on the basis of the following categories:

If you have already studied higher education: Y ou may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree.

If you have studied a VET course: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a vocational education and training (VET) course.

If you have recent secondary education: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you are a recent secondary education student whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the past two years.

If you have work and life experience: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you have work and life experience and left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

Read more about higher education admissions criteria.

  • Academic: successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent, or successful completion of a minimum Certificate IV course
  • English: Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5, Pearson PTE Academic 50 overall with no individual communicative skill below 42, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Next Steps

Melbourne Polytechnic is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your future studies.

Find out more about Melbourne Polytechnic’s commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

You may also be required to attend an interview to discuss your career plans, aptitude and understanding of your chosen course of study and the requirements of tertiary study. (This may be conducted face-to-face or by through a video conference call using Skype or other application).

During your interview, you may be asked to provide:

  • Your CV outlining your relevant work and life skills and experience
  • Any letters of reference from employers
  • Documents relating to prior study including course transcripts and subject outlines from other Higher Education Providers if you wish to apply for credit

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