Cyber Crime (Previously: Cybercrime) - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (10%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

Cybercrime refers to an array of criminal activity including offences against computer data and systems, computer-related offences, content offences, and copyright offences. While early computer hackers were more interested in youthful exploration, modern cybercrime is increasingly about criminal profit and this is reflected in the involvement of transnational organised crime groups. This unit will provide students with detailed understanding about the different types of cybercrime, the perpetrators, and investigation techniques.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. understand, analyse, and critically discuss different types of cyber crime activities with respect to the motivations, methods of operation of offenders, and the types of victims/targets
  2. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of past, current cyber threats and future trends in high tech crime
  3. analyse the impact of cyber crime on government, businesses, society and individuals
  4. demonstrate knowledge of relevant theories, cross disciplinary approaches (criminology and information security), and the applicability to the study of cyber crime
  5. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of strategies and steps to investigate digital evidence.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (20%)
  • Assignment 4 — Assessment 4 (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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  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.
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