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COSC301 Network Management and Security

Network addressing schemes; network design and deployment; router configuration; installation and maintenance of network applications; network management protocols; network performance and reliability; secret and public key cryptography; digital signatures and authentication; security and privacy considerations.

This paper explores network management and system administration using Ethernet and Linux as a case study. This is a rewarding paper for people wanting to administer their own small network and their own Linux systems and for those wanting to learn the general skills, principles and methodologies of operating systems, computer networks and security for system/network administrators.

Paper title Network Management and Security
Paper code COSC301
Subject Computer Science
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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(COSC 203 and COSC 204) or COSC 244 or TELE 202
TELE 301
Recommended Preparation
COSC 243
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Computer Science Adviser,
Teaching staff

Lecturers: Professor Zhiyi Huang
Associate Professor Haibo Zhang

Paper Structure

Topics covered include:

  • Basic system and network management
  • Wireless networking
  • Configuration of network services
  • Management of firewalls and routers
  • Network security and monitoring
  • Trouble shooting computer systems and networks


  • Two assignments: 10%, and 25%
  • Assessed lab: 15%
  • Final exam 50%
Teaching Arrangements
There are two 1-hour lectures and two 2-hour labs per week.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
A laboratory handbook is available online.
Course outline
View the course outline for COSC 301
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

This paper will enable students to:

  • Install and manage a Linux system
  • Install and manage a local area network
  • Have a sound understanding of computer systems and networks
  • Have a deeper understanding of Internet protocols and security issues
  • Learn and practise every aspect of system and network administration
  • Practise troubleshooting in computer systems and networks
  • Develop professional habits as a system and network administrator

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22
Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 16, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 16:00-17:50 9-14, 16-22
B1 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 9-14, 16-22