Information Systems Risk & Security - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assessments - Weekly Sum(Individual)(20-30%) (20%) , Invigilated Exam - (30-50%) (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,925.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 3,175.00

This unit of study introduces students to information risk and security management in contemporary enterprise.  The unit engages students with the knowledge and techniques applied by organisations to manage risks and provide for information security. This includes the implementation of appropriate information management plans, assurance processes, standards and frameworks. Students will learn about the legal, professional and ethical responsibilities of information risk and security management through real-world case based scenarios and become familiar with approaches to information governance and assurance including the automated tools and approaches that are used by organisations.

After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of information security and risks management in achieving organisational goals and objectives
  2. Assess and apply information systems risk and security management standards and frameworks to real-word case based scenarios
  3. Analyse major theories, concepts and methodologies for managing risks and assuring the integrity and security of information assets
  4. Evaluate appropriate governance, assurance and internal control techniques for managing information risks and security
  5. Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team.
  • Assessments — Weekly Sum(Individual)(20-30%) (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — (30-50%) (50%)
  • Report1 — Risk Security (Group)(30-50%) (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Students must have completed 10 units in Information Systems prior to enrolling into this unit

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1An introduction to Information Systems risk and security
2Risk management, assessment and mitigation
3Information security management, governance and assurance
4Role of policies and standards in IS risk and security management
5Contingency planning, including incident management, business continuity and disaster recovery planning
6Fraud and forensic auditing: Fraud, cybercrime, forensic auditing and continuous monitoring
7Compliance frameworks and legal, professional and ethical issues in IS security and risk management
8Major Theories, concepts and methodologies for managing information systems and assuring the integrity and security of information assets
9The socio-technological dimensions (human and organisational factors) in IS security and risk management

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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