MN603 - Wireless Networks and Security

Credit Points: 20

Prerequisite: MN502 Overview of Network Security, MN503 Overview of Internetworking

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 60 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a core unit out of total of 12 units in the Master of Networking (MNet). This unit addresses the MNet course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in wireless network security and applying security techniques in wireless environment. For further course information refer to: This unit is part of the AQF level 9 (MNet) course.

In this unit, students gain in-depth knowledge of wireless network communication technology and security issues.  Students learn how to configure wireless routers for local and remote sites.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  1. Wireless communication  architecture
  2. Wireless networks and protocols
  3. Security vulnerabilities, attacks, mitigation technique
  4. Wireless LAN and WLAN architecture and privacy methods
  5. Implementation and management of  WLAN security

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse and compare wireless communication protocols;
  2. Compare standards-based technologies used in various networks;
  3. Test and evaluate various wireless networks performance;
  4. Apply and evaluate wireless network security techniques in consideration of ethical implications;
  5. Design and implement secure enterprise wireless networks.

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Laboratory: 2 hours
PBL Tutorial: 1 hours
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Mid Semester Test a,b*10%
Assignment 1b,c*10%
Assignment 2d-e*20%
Laboratory and Problem Based Learning participation & submissiona-e*10%
Final Examination (2 hours)a-e*50%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


  • O. Jorge. Guide to wireless communications. Cengage Learning, 2016

Reference Reading

  • D. Coleman, D. Westcott and B. Harkins, CWSP: Certified Wireless Security Professional Study Guide CWSP - 205, 2nd ed. Sybex, 2016
  • T. Carpenter, CWSP Certified Wireless Security Professional Official Study Guide, CWNA – 205 ed. Certitrek Publishing, 2015
  • T. Wrightson, Wireless network Security A Beginner’s Guide, 1st ed. McGraw-Hill Education, 2012
  • J. Doherty, Wireless and Mobile Device Security, 1st ed. Jones & Barlett Learning, 2015

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem SolvingCultural and Global AwarenessTeamwork Cooperation, Participation and LeadershipSpecialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding    

Extent covered

                               The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
 The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
 The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
 The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
 The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard