Specialist Diploma in Network Security



Today, we live in a digital age surrounded by pervasive computers, handphones and Personal Digital Assistance (PDAs), always on, always connected to the Internet. The evolution of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has provided a new generation of business opportunities and commerce. Information has become a commodity and the networks that transfer and process it have become critical to the corporate and government infrastructure.


Every aspect of our society is influenced by the benefits of technology. However, it is also that same functionality that also hosts new threats, vulnerabilities and security implications. According to the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), the top five greatest shortage of skilled manpower, infocomm security personnel ranked second.


The course enrols and prepares graduates for Cisco Network Academy CCNA Security certification programme.

Course Objectives


The Specialist Diploma in Network Security was introduced by the school to address this industrial demand. The course intends to train graduates with practical knowledge and skills in the area of network security. The course intends to train graduates with practical knowledge and skills in the following areas:


(a) Network Security
(b) Firewall & Intrusion Prevention
(c) Wireless Network & Security
(d) Network Analysis & Forensics


Suitable for


This course is designed for practitioners who want to learn how networks are being hacked into and ways to better protect their networks. Participants with a basic knowledge of computers and networks are welcome to join course.



Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants to the course must have a polytechnic Diploma in any engineering or computer related field.

Applicants with equivalent diploma qualifications from other countries should have secured first class or equivalent grade or an equivalent qualification. Applicants with other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness.  Suitable applicants who are shortlisted will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Course Outline


The course will be a one-year part-time (Evenings-only) course comprising of 4 modules and a project. Participants must complete and pass all the four modules and project.
Participants will take 2 modules in each semester. All participants will participate in a project which will be based on the application of knowledge and skills acquired from the other 4 modules. Students may also propose projects based on their work environment and industry.
Each of the modules is 60 hours in duration, requiring 4 hours of contact for 15 weeks (one semester). The total instructional hours for the course are 300 hours (inclusive of project work).
The curriculum consists of 2 post diploma certificates (PDCs). Each PDC comprises a few modules and the details are as follows:


Please click here for Module Synopsis


Semester One

PDC 1 Certificate in Security and Firewall
Module 1 - Network Security (NS)
Module 2 - Firewall and Intrusion Prevention (FIP)


Semester Two

PDC 2 Certificate in Wireless and Forensics
Module 3 - Wireless Network & Security (WNS)
Module 4 - Network Analysis and Forensics (NAF)
Module 5 – Project (PROJ)



Award / Certification / Accreditation


Upon completion of two Certificates within a two-year validity period, the participant will be conferred a Specialist Diploma qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.


Course Fees

Specialist Diploma in Network Security
Post Diploma Certificates (PDC)

Singapore Citizens Below the age of 40

Singapore Citizens Aged 40 and above Singapore PR Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme Workfare Training Support Scheme
Certificate in Security & Firewall $402.54 $268.36  $1,073.42  $277.14  $151.74
Certificate in Wireless & Forensics $603.81 $402.54  $1,610.13  $415.71  $227.61
Total Course Fees: $1,006.35 $670.90  $2,683.55  $692.85 $379.35

Other Fees Payable:

Fee Description Per semester (after GST)
Singapore Citizens Singapore PR and others
Examination Fee - $16.05
Miscellaneous Fee $7.49 $7.49
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS) $0.94 $0.94
Total $8.43 $24.48

- The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.

- Part-Time Diploma or Post Diploma course participants who submit the withdrawal notification 2 weeks before course commencement, an administrative fee of $50 (before GST) would be levied.




Terms and Conditions

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Date of Course Commencement:
16 Oct 2017

Registration Period:
1 Jun - 31 Jul 2017

* Registration may be closed once seats are filled up


Class schedule:
2-3 evenings a week
6:30pm - 10:30pm


300 hours (1 year)

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For course specific details, please contact the course manager:


Name: Chua Kay Chiang

Email: [email protected]