ICT740 APPLIED CYBERSECURITY T123 :
ICT740 APPLIED CYBERSECURITY T123
All information in the Subject Outline is correct at the time of approval. KOI reserves the right to make changes to the Subject Outline if they become necessary. Any changes require the approval of the KOI Academic Board and will be formally advised to those students who may be affected by email and via Moodle.
Information contained within this Subject Outline applies to students enrolled in the trimester as indicated
1. General Information about ICT740 APPLIED CYBERSECURITY T123
1.1 Administrative Details
|Associated HE Award(s)||Duration||Level||Subject Coordinator|
|Master of Information Technology (MIT) Graduate Diploma of Information Technology (GDIT)||1 trimester||Postgraduate||Dr Muhammad Zeeshan Baig [email protected] P: +61 (2) 9283 3583 L: Level 1-2, 17 O’Connell St. Consultation: via Moodle or by appointment.|
This subject is:
- an elective subject for the Master of Information Technology (MIT)
- an elective subject for the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology (GDIT) for students from a cognate background
1.3 Subject Weighting of CYBERSECURITY
Indicated below is the weighting of this subject and the total course points
|Subject Credit Points||Total Course Credit Points|
|4||MIT (64 Credit Points); GDIT (32 Credit Points)|
1.4 Student Workload
Indicated below is the expected student workload per week for this subject
|No. Timetabled Hours/Week*||No. Personal Study Hours/Week**||Total Workload Hours/Week***|
|3 hours/week plus supplementary online material||7 hours/week||10 hours/week|
* Total time spent per week at lectures and tutorials
** Total time students are expected to spend per week in studying, completing assignments, etc.
*** Combination of timetable hours and personal study
- Mode of Delivery Classes will be face-to-face or hybrid. Certain classes will be online (e.g., special arrangements).
- Pre-requisites ICT722 Information Security
1.7 General Study and Resource Requirements
- Students are expected to attend classes with the weekly worksheets and subject support material provided in Moodle. Students should read this material before coming to class to improve their ability to participate in the weekly activities.
- Students will require access to the internet and their KOI email and should have basic skills in word processing software such as MS Word, spreadsheet software such as MS Excel and visual presentation software such as MS PowerPoint.
- Computers and WIFI facilities are extensively available for student use throughout KOI. Students are encouraged to make use of the campus Library for reference materials.
Software resource requirements specific to this subject: MS Imagine, Office 365, Guided exploitation of attacks suites, Virtual Box with Kali Linux.
2. Academic Details
2.1 Overview of the Subject
This subject provides students with practical techniques to help achieve digital security. The mechanisms and prominent techniques used to tackle sophisticated attacks will be highlighted. Digital security for operating systems, databases, and servers will be covered including designs, implementations, and configurations to apply security measures and principles to protect these systems. The subject also examines the framework of cybersecurity, safety principles and guidelines. Practical experience will be gained using a range of tools designed to enforce security and privacy. Students will perform guided exploitation attacks in practical sessions to experiment with popular practices in hacking.
2.2 Graduate Attributes for Postgraduate Courses
Graduates of postgraduate courses from King’s Own Institute will achieve the graduate attributes expected from successful completion of a postgraduate degree under the Australian Qualifications Framework (2nd edition, January 2013). Graduates at this level will be able to apply advanced body of knowledge from their major area of study in a range of contexts for professional practice or scholarship and as a pathway for further learning.
King’s Own Institute’s generic graduate attributes for a master’s level degree are summarised below:
|KOI Postgraduate Degree Graduate Attributes||Detailed Description|
|Knowledge||Current, comprehensive and coherent knowledge, including recent developments and applied research methods|
|Critical Thinking||Critical thinking skills to identify and analyse current theories and developments and emerging trends in professional practice|
|Communication||Communication and technical skills to analyse and theorise, contribute to professional practice or scholarship, and present ideas to a variety of audiences|
|Research and Information Literacy||Cognitive and technical skills to access and evaluate information resources, justify research approaches and interpret theoretical propositions|
|Creative Problem Solving Skills||Cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories, solve complex problems and apply established theories to situations in professional practice|
|Ethical and Cultural Sensitivity||Appreciation and accountability for ethical principles, cultural sensitivity and social responsibility, both personally and professionally|
|Leadership and Strategy||Initiative, leadership skills and ability to work professionally and collaboratively to achieve team objectives across a range of team roles Expertise in strategic thinking, developing and implementing business plans and decision making under uncertainty|
|Professional Skills||High level personal autonomy, judgement, decision-making and accountability required to begin professional practice|
Across the courses, these skills are developed progressively at three levels:
- Level 1 Foundation – Students learn the skills, theories and techniques of the subject and apply them in stand-alone contexts
- Level 2 Intermediate – Students further develop skills, theories and techniques of the subject and apply them in more complex contexts, beginning to integrate the application with other subjects
- Level 3 Advanced – Students have a demonstrated ability to plan, research and apply the skills, theories and techniques of the subject in complex situations, integrating the subject content with a range of other subject disciplines within the context of the course
Generally, skills gained from subjects in the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are at levels 1 and 2 while other subjects in the Master’s degree are at level 3.
2.3 Subject Learning Outcomes
Listed below, are key knowledge and skills students are expected to attain by successfully completing this subject:
|Subject Learning Outcomes||Contribution to Graduate Attributes|
|a) Investigate computer security systems, and generate and present a proposal to address security problems|
|b) Identify and analyse security vulnerabilities and propose justifiable technical solutions and potential remedy actions based on findings|
|c) Compare different types of security systems on the basis of functionalities, architectures, configurations, and ethical challenges|
|d) Communicate cybersecurity vulnerabilities and solutions to non-technical audiences to make informed decisions|
2.4 Subject Content and Structure
Below are details of the subject content and how it is structured, including specific topics covered in lectures and tutorials. Reading refers to the text unless otherwise indicated.
|Week (beginning)||Topic covered in each week’s lecture||Reading(s)||Expected work as listed in Moodle|
|1 06 Mar||Introduction of cyberspace security and safety; network security, implementation security, IoT security, cloud security||Reading material provided on Moodle||Tutorial activities on virtual machine installation and lab environment configuration. Practical questions Formative not graded|
|2 13 Mar||Cyberspace security and safety||Reading material provided on Moodle||Practical question on enterprise risk management and NIST cybersecurity framework. Formative not graded|
|3 20 Mar||Cyberspace security and safety: ethical considerations in cybersecurity||Reading material provided on Moodle||Case study on cyber security and safety ethical considerations Formative not graded|
|Week (beginning)||Topic covered in each week’s lecture||Reading(s)||Expected work as listed in Moodle|
|4 27 Mar||OS security||Chapters 12||Practical questions. Tutorial activities on Set-UID Formative not graded|
|5 03 Apr||User Authentication, Access Control and Buffer Overflow||Chapters 3,4,10||Practical questions. Tutorial activities on buffer overflow vulnerability Formative not graded|
|6 11 Apr (Tue)||Network security||Chapters 22||Mid trimester test – Assessment 1 due|
|7 17 Apr||Software security||Chapter 11||Practical questions. Tutorial activities on Format String vulnerability Formative not graded|
|8 24 Apr||Cloud and IoT Security||Ch 13||Practical questions. Tutorial activities on Shellshock Vulnerability Formative not graded|
|9 01 May||Intrusion Detection||Ch.8.||Practical questions. Tutorial activities on Meltdown Attack. Formative not graded Deferred mid – trimester exams. See Section 2.6 below for more information|
|10 08 May||Firewalls and Intrusion Prevention Systems||Ch. 9||Practical questions. Tutorial activities on Cross-site Request Forgery Attack. Formative not graded|
|11 15 May||Database and Data Center Security||Ch. 5||Practical questions. Tutorial activities on Android Repackaging. Formative not graded Assessment 2 due|
|12 22 May||Review||All chapters||Revision Assessment 3 due|
|13 29 May||Study Review Week and Final Exam Week|
|14 05 Jun||Examinations Continuing students – enrolments for T223 open||Please see exam timetable for exam date, time and location|
|15 12 Jun||Student Vacation begins New students – enrolments for T223 open|
|Week (beginning)||Topic covered in each week’s lecture||Reading(s)||Expected work as listed in Moodle|
|16 19 Jun||Results ReleasedReview of Grade Day for T123 – see Sections 2.6 and 3.2 below for relevant information.Certification of Grades NOTE: More information about the dates will be provided at a later date through Moodle/KOI email.|
|T223 03 July 2023|
|1 03 Jul||Week 1 of classes for T223|
2.5 Public Holiday Amendments
Please note: KOI is closed on all scheduled NSW Public Holidays.
T123 has four (4) public holidays that occur during this trimester. Classes scheduled for these public holidays (Calendar Class Dates) will be rescheduled as per the table below.
This applies to ALL subjects taught in T123.
Please see the table below and adjust your class timing as required. Please make sure you have arrangements in place to attend the rescheduled classes if applicable to your T123 enrolment.
Classes will be conducted at the same time and in the same location as your normally scheduled class except these classes will be held on the date shown below.
|Calendar Class Date||Rescheduled Class Date|
|Friday 07 April 2023 Saturday 08 April 2023 Monday 10 April 2023 Tuesday 25 April 2023||Monday 29 May 2023 Tuesday 30 May 2023 Wednesday 31 May 2023|
2.6 Review of Grade, Deferred Exams & Supplementary Exams/Assessments
Review of Grade:
There may be instances when you believe that your final grade in a subject does not accurately reflect your performance against the marking criteria. Section 8 of the Assessment and Assessment Appeals Policy (www.koi.edu.au) describes the grounds on which you may apply for a Review of Grade.
If you have a concern about your marks and you are unable to resolve it with the Academic staff concerned, then you can apply for a formal Review of Grade as explained in section 3.2(e) Appeals Process below. Please note the time limits for requesting a review. Please ensure you read the Review of Grade information before submitting an application.
Review of Grade Day:
Final exam scripts will not normally be returned to students. Students can obtain feedback on their exam performance and their results for the whole subject at the Review of Grade Day. KOI will hold the Review of Grade Day for all subjects studied in T123. The ROG day will be in Week 16, the date will be announced at a later date and the students will be notified through Moodle/KOI email.
Only final exams and whole subject results will be discussed as all other assessments should have been reviewed during the trimester. Further information about Review of Grade Day will be available through Moodle.
If you fail one or more subjects and you wish to consider applying for a Review of Grade you are STRONGLY ADVISED to attend the Review of Grade Day. You will have the chance to discuss your final exam and subject result with your lecturer, and will be advised if you have valid reasons for applying for a Review of Grade (see Section 3.2 below and the Assessment and Assessment Appeals Policy).
A formal request for a review of grade may not be considered unless you first contact the subject coordinator to discuss the result.
If you wish to apply for a deferred exam because you are unable to attend the scheduled exam, you should submit the Assignment Extension / Exam Deferment Form available by contacting [email protected] as soon as possible, but no later than three (3) working days of the assessment due date.
If you miss your mid-trimester or final exam there is no guarantee you will be offered a deferred exam.
You must apply within the stated timeframe and satisfy the conditions for approval to be offered a deferred exam (see Section 8.1 of the Assessment and Assessment Appeals Policy and the Application for Assignment Extension or Deferred Exam Forms). In assessing your request for a deferred exam, KOI will take into account the information you provide, the severity of the event or circumstance, your performance on other items of assessment in the subject, class attendance and your history of previous applications for special consideration.
Deferred mid-trimester exams will be held before the end of week 9. Deferred final exams will be held on two days during week 1 or 2 in the next trimester. You will not normally be granted a deferred exam on the grounds that you mistook the time, date or place of an examination, or that you have made arrangements to be elsewhere at that time; for example, have booked plane tickets.
If you are offered a deferred exam, but do not attend you will be awarded 0 marks for the exam. This may mean it becomes difficult for you to pass the subject. If you apply for a deferred exam within the required time frame and satisfy the conditions you will be advised by email (to your KOI student email address) of the time and date for the deferred exam. Please ensure that you are available to take the exam at this time.
Marks awarded for the deferred exam will be the marks awarded for that item of assessment towards your final mark in the subject.
Supplementary Assessments (Exams and Assessments):
A supplementary assessment may be offered to students to provide a final opportunity to demonstrate successful achievement of the learning outcomes of a subject. Supplementary assessments are only offered at the discretion of the Board of Examiners. In considering whether or not to offer a supplementary assessment, KOI will take into account your performance on all the major assessment items in the subject, your attendance, participation and your history of any previous special considerations.
If you are offered a supplementary assessment, you will be advised by email to your KOI student email address of the time and due date for the supplementary assessment – supplementary exams will normally be held at the same time as deferred final exams during week 1 or week 2 of the next trimester.
You must pass the supplementary assessment to pass the subject. The maximum grade you can achieve in a subject based on a supplementary assessment is a PASS grade.
- are offered a supplementary assessment, but fail it;
- are offered a supplementary exam, but do not attend; or
- are offered a supplementary assessment but do not submit by the due date; you will receive a FAIL grade for the subject.
Students are also eligible for a supplementary assessment for their final subject in a course where they fail the subject but have successfully completed all other subjects in the course. You must have completed all
major assessment tasks for the subject and obtained a passing mark on at least one of the major assessment tasks to be eligible for a supplementary assessment.
If you believe you meet the criteria for a supplementary assessment for the final subject in your course, but have not received an offer, complete the Complaint, Grievance, Appeal Form and send your form to [email protected]. The deadline for applying for supplementary assessment is the Friday of the first week of classes in the next trimester.
2.7 Teaching Methods/Strategies
Briefly described below are the teaching methods/strategies used in this subject:
2.8 Student Assessment
Provided below is a schedule of formal assessment tasks and major examinations for the subject.
|Assessment Type||When Assessed||Weighting||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|Assessment 1: Mid trimester test||Week 6||15%||a, b|
|Assessment 2: Individual – Report 2000 words||Week 11||20%||b, c|
|Assessment 3: Individual Report||Week 12||15%||b, c|
|Assessment 4: Final examination On-campus: 2 hours + 10 mins reading time Online: 2 hours + 30 mins technology allowance||Final exam period||50%||a, b, c, d|
Requirements to Pass the Subject:
To gain a pass or better in this subject, students must gain a minimum of 50% of the total available subject marks.
2.9 Prescribed and Recommended Readings
Provided below, in formal reference format, is a list of the prescribed and recommended readings.
Stallings, W, & Brown, L 2018, Computer Security: Principles and Practice, 4th edition, Pearson Education Limited, Harlow, United Kingdom. Available from: ProQuest Ebook Central.
[06 Junruary 2021].
Calder, A. (2020). Cyber security : Essential principles to secure your organisation. ProQuest Ebook Central https://ebookcentral.proquest.com
Gupta, C. P., & Goyal, K. K. (2020). Cybersecurity: A self-teaching introduction. ProQuest Ebook Central https://ebookcentral.proquest.com
Le, D, Kumar, R, Chatterjee, JM, Khari, M, & Mishra, BK (eds) 2019, Cyber Security in Parallel and Distributed Computing : Concepts, Techniques, Applications and Case Studies, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, Newark. Available from: ProQuest Ebook Central. [1 July 2020].
Schreider, T. (2020). Cybersecurity law, standards and regulations, 2nd edition. ProQuest Ebook Central https://ebookcentral.proquest.com
Charles J. Brooks, Christopher Grow, Philip Craig, Donald Short, 2018. Cybersecurity Essentials
- IEEE journals and magazines: http://www.ieee.org/web/publications/journmag/index.html
- ACM Transactions and Information and System Security: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=J789
- ACM Computing Surveys: https://csur.acm.org/
- IEEE Security and Privacy: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/RecentIssue.jsp?punumber=8013
3. Assessment Details
3.1 Details of Each Assessment Item
The assessments for this subject are described below. The description includes the type of assessment, its purpose, weighting, due date and submission requirements, the topic of the assessment, details of the task and detailed marking criteria, including a marking rubric for essays, reports and presentations.
Supplementary assessment information and assistance can be found in Moodle.
KOI expects students to submit their own work in both assignments and exams, or the work of their group in the case of group assignments. Material in assignments which comes from the work of others must be appropriately acknowledged.
Assessment type: Mid trimester test – individual assessment
Purpose: This assessment will allow students to demonstrate that they have understood the concepts covered in weeks 1 to 5. This assessment contributes to learning outcomes a and b.
Value: 15% Due date: Week 6
Task details: The test will consist of questions and problems relating to subject content from weeks 1 – 5 inclusive.
Grading Guide Assessment 1:
|Grade||Fail (0 – 49%)||Pass (50 – 64%)||Credit (65 – 74%)||Distinction (75 – 84%)||High Distinction (85 – 100%)|
Assessment type: Individual assessment, 2000 words in length
Purpose: This assessment will allow students to investigate vulnerabilities in cyber security and organize systematic review of security weakness in a cyber environment. This assessment contributes to learning outcomes b and c.
Value: 20% Due Date: Week 11
Submission: Submit the completed report and weekly logs on Moodle Assessment topic: Cybersecurity Vulnerability/Attack Identification and Analysis
Task Details: Students will work individually to choose a vulnerability or an attack from the past 5 years in cybersecurity and investigate and conduct a thorough literature review to explore the existing techniques to solve the chosen security problem. The report (2000 words in length) must contain an overview of the chosen vulnerability or attack: introduction of the problem, overview, and comparison of the existing solutions. In addition to vulnerability/attack identification and analysis, students are also required to discuss risk management and recommend remediation or mitigation.
Marking Rubric Assessment 2: Individual (Value 20%)
|Criteria||Fail (0 – 49%)||Pass (50 – 64%)||Credit (65 – 74%)||Distinction (75 – 84%)||High Distinction (85 – 100%)|
|Overview of the chosen vulnerability 6 marks||Very difficult to find the problem in the description, structure not clear, does not meet most requirements||Limited description of the problem, structure Is clear, very limited literature review, does not provide support for most of the discussion||Proper description of the problem, structure is quite clear, literature review supports some of the discussion||Good description of the problem, structure Is very clear, literature review supports most of the discussion||Outstanding description of the problem, structure is very clear, comprehensiv e literature review supports all parts of the discussion|
|Comparison or existing solutions 6 marks||No comparison made or solutions not from formal resources||Limited comparison made on very few solutions. Solutions lack or formality.||Proper comparison of solutions, not in-depth. Solutions from formal resources but not typical.||Good comparison of solutions, touching at depth to some extent.||Outstanding comparison of solutions. Fully understand the principle of solutions and express the core of them.|
|Risk management and remediation 5 marks||No risk management and remediation provided, or very brief, without details. Irrelevant solution given, not support for the position taken or a wrong argument is given.||Limited recommendati on made in report, lack of details. Incomplete support provided for the position taken in the solution||Effective measures are provided with limited details and ambiguous relevance, provides basic level of support for the position taken in the solution.||Effective and relevant measures are provided with relevant details, provides good level of support for the position taken in the solution.||Effective and relevant security solutions are provided that gives additional insights and theoretical perspective, provides exceptional level of support for the position taken in the solution.|
|Report Organisation 3 marks||Very difficult to read, unclear structure, and most of the required sections are missing.||Some difficulty in reading, not very clear, but important sections are included.||Clear and readable, and all required sections are included.||Well written and very clear, and all required sections with completed discussion are included.||Well written and very clear, all required sections with completed discussion are included, and additional sections have been added for clarity.|
|Total Mark: / 20%||COMMENTS:|
Assessment type: Individual assessment
Assessment purpose: This assessment will allow students to demonstrate skills in providing countermeasures to vulnerability in cybersecurity. This assessment contributes to learning outcomes b and c.
Value: 15% Due date: Week 12.
Assessment topic: Cybersecurity vulnerability attacks and countermeasures
Task details: based on the vulnerability identified and analysed in Assessment 2, the student will be required to replicate an attack in the lab environment and apply countermeasure techniques to neutralise the vulnerability from further attack.
The report should contain:
- Attack: description of the steps taken to create attack, technical findings, analysis and justification of the findings, screenshots of the attack, and scripts must be provided for evidence
- Countermeasure: all actions taken to overcome the network vulnerability, analysis and justification of the findings, screenshots of the actions, and scripts must be provided for evidence
Submission requirements details: Submit the completed report and weekly logs on Moodle. Marking Rubric Assessment 3: Individual (Value 15%)
|Criteria||Fail (0 – 49%)||Pass (50 – 64%)||Credit (65 – 74%)||Distinction (75 – 84%)||High Distinction (85 – 100%)|
|Attack 6 marks||Not submitted or incomplete with irrelevant screenshots, no analysis and justification provided||Some screenshots of the script and attack are given with irrelevant analysis and justification||Most screenshots of the scripts and attack are given with incomplete analysis and justification||Nearly all screenshots of the scripts and attack are given with complete analysis and justifications||All screenshots of own scripts and attack are given with exceptional analysis and justifications that provides additional support|
|Countermeasure 6 marks||Not submitted or incomplete with irrelevant screenshots, no analysis and justification provided for choosing the remedy||Some screenshots of the script and actions are given with irrelevant analysis and no justification for choosing the remedy||Most screenshots of the scripts and actions are given with incomplete analysis and no justification for choosing the remedy||Nearly all screenshots of the scripts and actions are given with complete analysis and justification for choosing the remedy||All screenshots of own scripts and actions are given with exceptional analysis and excellent justification for choosing the remedy that provides additional support|
|Demonstration 3 marks||Not given or shown irrelevant, incomplete or ambiguous functionality and features||Some of the features and functionality are shown but some are incomplete||Most of the features and functionality are shown and are mostly complete||All of the features and functionality are shown systematically||All of the features and functionality are shown systematically with additional steps/details|
|Total Mark: / 15%||COMMENTS:|
Assessment Type: Final exam – open book exam – individual assessment.
Duration: On-campus: 2 hours + 10 mins reading time. Online: 2 hours + 30 mins technology allowance.
Purpose: The purpose of the final examination is to test students’ understanding of the subject’s concepts and their ability to apply these concepts. This assessment contributes specifically to learning outcomes a, b, c, d and e.
Value: 50% Due Date: The final exam will be held in the official KOI exam period of the trimester. The specific date and time will be posted towards the end of the trimester
Topic: The examination may cover content from any part of the subject.
Task Details: The exam will consist of short answer, extended answer and scenario-based questions derived from topics covered in the lectures and tutorials during the trimester.
3.2 General information about assessment
- Late Penalties and Extensions
An important part of business life and key to achieving KOI’s graduate outcome of Professional Skills is the ability to manage workloads and meet deadlines. Completing assessment tasks on time is a good way to master these habits.
Students who miss mid-trimester tests and final exams without a valid and accepted reason may not be granted a deferred exam and will be awarded 0 marks for the assessment item. Assessment items which are missed or submitted after the due date/time will attract a penalty unless there is a compelling reason (see below). These penalties are designed to encourage students to develop good time management practices, and to create equity for all students.
Any penalties applied will only be up to the maximum marks available for the specific piece of assessment attracting the penalty.
Late penalties, granting of extensions and deferred exams are based on the following:
In Class Tests and Quizzes (excluding Mid-Trimester Tests)
- Generally, extensions are not permitted. A make-up test may only be permitted under very special circumstances where acceptable supporting evidence of illness, hardship or unavoidable problems preventing completion of the assessment is provided (see section (b) below). The procedures and timing to apply for a make-up test (only if available) are as shown in the section Applying for an Extension (see below).
- Missing a class test will result in 0 marks for that assessment item unless the above applies.
Written Assessments and Video Assessments
- There is a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks per calendar day unless an extension is approved (see Applying for an Extension section below).
- Generally, extensions are not permitted. Missing a presentation will result in 0 marks for that assessment item. The rules for make-up presentations are the same as for missing in-class tests (described above).
For group presentations, if serious circumstances prevent some members of the group from participating, the members of the group who are present should make their contributions as agreed. If a make-up presentation is approved, the other members of the group will be able to make their
individual presentation later and will be marked according to the marking rubric. A video presentation may be used to facilitate the process.
Mid-Trimester Tests and Final Exams
If students are unable to attend mid-trimester tests or final exams due to illness, hardship or some other unavoidable problem (acceptable to KOI), they must:
- Complete the Assignment Extension / Exam Deferment Form available by contacting [email protected] as soon as possible, but no later than three (3) working days after the exam date.
- Provide acceptable documentary evidence (see section (b) below).
- Agree to attend the deferred exam as set by KOI if a deferred exam is approved.
- There will only be one deferred exam offered.
- Marks obtained for the deferred exam will be the marks awarded for that assessment item.
- If you miss the deferred exam you will be awarded 0 marks for the assessment item. This may mean you are unable to pass the subject.
b) Applying for an Extension
If students are unable to submit or attend an assessment when due, they must
- Complete the Assignment Extension / Exam Deferment Form available by contacting [email protected] as soon as possible, but no later than three (3) working days of the assessment due date.
- Provide acceptable documentary evidence in the form of a medical certificate, police report or some other appropriate evidence of illness or hardship, or a technician’s report on problems with computer or communications technology, or a signed and witnessed statutory declaration explaining the circumstances.
- Students and lecturers / tutors will be advised of the outcome of the extension request as soon as practicable.
Please remember there is no guarantee of an extension being granted, and poor organisation is not a satisfactory reason to be granted an extension.
c) Referencing and Plagiarism
Please remember that all sources used in assessment tasks must be suitably referenced.
Failure to acknowledge sources is plagiarism, and as such is a very serious academic issue. Students plagiarising run the risk of severe penalties ranging from a reduction in marks through to 0 marks for a first offence for a single assessment task, to exclusion from KOI in the most serious repeat cases. Exclusion has serious visa implications. The easiest way to avoid plagiarising is to reference all sources.
Harvard referencing is the required method – in-text referencing using Author’s Surname (family name) and year of publication. A Referencing Guide, “Harvard Referencing”, and a Referencing Tutorial can be found on the right-hand menu strip in Moodle on all subject pages.
An effective way to reference correctly is to use Microsoft Word’s referencing function (please note that other versions and programs are likely to be different). To use the referencing function, click on the References Tab in the menu ribbon – students should choose Harvard.
Authorship is also an issue under plagiarism – KOI expects students to submit their own original work in both assessment and exams, or the original work of their group in the case of a group project. All students agree to a statement of authorship when submitting assessments online via Moodle, stating that the work submitted is their own original work.
The following are examples of academic misconduct and can attract severe penalties:
- Handing in work created by someone else (without acknowledgement), whether copied from another student, written by someone else, or from any published or electronic source, is fraud, and falls under the general Plagiarism guidelines.
- Copying / cheating in tests and exams is academic misconduct. Such incidents will be treated just as seriously as other forms of plagiarism.
- Students who willingly allow another student to copy their work in any assessment may be considered to assisting in copying/cheating, and similar penalties may be applied.
Where a subject coordinator considers that a student might have engaged in academic misconduct, KOI may require the student to undertake an additional oral exam as a part of the assessment for the subject, as a way of testing the student’s understanding of their work.
Further information can be found on the KOI website.
d) Reasonable Adjustment
The Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (1992) makes it unlawful to treat people with a disability less fairly than people without a disability. In the context of this subject, the principle of Reasonable Adjustment is applied to ensure that participants with a disability have equitable access to all aspects of the learning for the subject. For assessment, this means that barriers to their demonstrating competence are removed wherever it is reasonably practical to do so.
Examples of reasonable adjustment in assessment may include:
- provision of an oral assessment, rather than a written assessment
- provision of extra time
- use of adaptive technology.
The focus of the adjusted assessment should be on enabling the student to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for the subject, rather than on the method of assessment.
e) Appeals Process
Full details of the KOI Assessment and Assessment Appeals Policy may be obtained in hard copy from the Library, and on the KOI website www.koi.edu.au under Policies and Forms.
Assessments and Mid-Trimester Exams:
Where students are not satisfied with the results of an assessment, including mid-trimester exams, they have the right to appeal. The process is as follows:
- Discuss the assessment with their tutor or lecturer – students should identify where they feel more marks should have been awarded – students should provide valid reasons based on the marking guide provided for the assessment. Reasons such as “I worked really hard” are not considered valid.
- If still not satisfied, students should complete an Application for Review of Assessment Marks form, clearly explaining the reasons for seeking a review. This form is available from the KOI website under Policies and Forms and is also available at KOI Reception (Kent St, Market St and O’Connell St). The completed Application for Review of Assessment Marks form should be submitted as explained on the form with supporting evidence attached to [email protected] .
- The form must be submitted within ten (10) working days of the return of the marked assessment, or within five (5) working days after the return of the assessment if the assessment is returned after the end of the trimester.
Review of Grade – whole of subject and final exams:
Where students are not satisfied with the results of the whole subject or with their final exam results, they have the right to request a Review of Grade – see the Assessment and Assessment Appeals Policy for more information.
An Application for Review of Grade/Assessment Form (available from the KOI Website under Policies and Forms and from KOI Reception at Kent St, Market St and O’Connell St) should be completed clearly explaining the grounds for the application. The completed application should be submitted as explained on the form, with supporting evidence attached to [email protected] .