IS/IT Risk Management - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Assessment - Individual (40-50%) , Project - Group & Individual (35-40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,180.00
Domestic continuing 2,663.00
International 3,430.00
International continuing 2,913.00

2017 Swinburne tuition fees are reduced for continuing postgraduate students.
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This unit aims to provide insights into critical IS/IT & Information Security risk, as well as the corresponding security management issues facing business managers in the effective use of Information Technology in contemporary organisations. In addition, the unit intends to foster a robust understanding of, and develop the skills required to adopt and implement, an effective Risk Management strategy in line with the Industry best practice in IS/IT Risk Management.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking and systematically apply Risk Management concepts to address strategic organisational IS/IT/Information security issues
  2. Critically reflect on and evaluate the challenges and impact of a multitude of factors (e.g,. human, organisation, nature & environment, regulations, and politics) to IS/IT/Information Security management
  3. Adopt a critical approach to IS/IT risk and security management including making recommendations based on sound theory and practice
  4. Demonstrate the ability to conduct an independent scholarly research on the literature and practice relevant to Information Security, IS/IT Risk Management, and the Industry best practices pertaining IS/IT security
  5. Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team.
  • Assessment — Individual (40-50%)
  • Project — Group & Individual (35-40%)
  • Reflective Task — Individual (15-25%)

Mandatory prerequisites

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

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Theoretical foundations and concepts of Risk, Risk Management, Risk Assessment, & Risk Mitigation
2IS/IT/Information Security governance, management, strategy, standards, and best practices
3Strategic Risk Management approach
4Contingency planning including business continuity and disaster recovery planning
5Incident management, computer security incident management
6Laws, regulations, compliance and ethics in the context of IS/IT/Information security
7Human factors and organisational factors impact to risk management

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