MN603 - Wireless Networks and Security

Credit Points: 20 credit points

Workload: 60 hours

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

Co-requisite: N/A

Aims & Objectives

This is a core unit out of a 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 a 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. The content of this unit will cover the following areas:

  • Wireless communication  architecture 
  • Wireless networks and protocols
  • Wireless LAN architecture and security methods
  • Implementation and management of  WLAN security
  • Ethical implications of wireless networks 

Learning Outcomes

4.1 Course Learning Outcomes
The Course learning outcomes applicable to this unit are listed on the Melbourne Institute of Technology’s website: 

4.2 Unit Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
a. Analyse and compare wireless communication protocols; 
b. Compare standards-based technologies used in various networks;
c. Test and evaluate various wireless networks performance;
d. Apply and evaluate wireless network security techniques with consideration of ethical implications;
e. Design and implement secure enterprise wireless networks.

Weekly Topics

This unit will cover the content below:

Week Topics
1 Introduction to Wireless Networking
2 Transmission Fundamentals
3 Wireless Local Area Networks
4 Wireless Personal Area Networks
5 Cellular Wireless Networks
6 4G and 5G technology
7 Wireless Networks Performance
8 Ethical implications in Wireless networks
9 Wireless LAN Security
10 Secure Enterprise Wireless Networks
11 RFID, NFC, DTN, Review
12 Review


Assessment Task Due Date Release Date A B Learning Outcomes Assessed
Formative Assignment 1 Week 3 (10/4/2022) Week 1 5%   a
In-class test (On Campus, Face to Face) Week 6 (28/4/2022)     10% a-b
Assignment 2 Group Week 11 (3/6/2022) Week 6 25%   c-e
Class participation & contribution Week 2-11(9/6/2022) Week 2-11 10%   a-e
Final Examination (3 hours)       50% a-e
TOTALS     40% 60%  

Task Type: Type A: unsupervised, Type B: supervised.

Class Participation and Contribution
This unit has class participation and student contribution as an assessment. The assessment task and marking rubric will follow the Guidelines on Assessing Class Participation ( Further details will be provided in the assessment specification on the type of assessment tasks and the marking rubrics.

Textbook and Reference Materials

Text Book:

Other References: 

  • Wolfgang Osterhage, Wireless Network Security, 2nd ed., CRC press , 2018
  • C. Beard and W. Stallings, Wireless Communication Networks and Systems. 1st ed.,Pearson, 2016.
  • E. Dahlman, S. Parkvall, J. Skold. 5G NR: The Next Generation Wireless Access Technology, Elsevier, 2018
  • J. Olenewa. Guide to Wireless Communications. Cengage Learning, 2016.
  • D. Coleman, D. Westcott and B. Harkins, CWSP: Certified Wireless Security Professional Study Guide CWSP – 205. 2nd ed., Sybex, 2016.
  • J. Doherty, Wireless and Mobile Device Security. 1st ed., Jones & Barlett Learning, 2015.

Adopted Reference Style: IEEE

Students are required to purchase the prescribed text and have it available each week in the class.

Graduate Attributes

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 communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Levels of attainment Extent covered
The attribute 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 attribute 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 attribute 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 attribute 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 attribute is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this attribute.