Cyber Policing and Intelligence - 2016

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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 (20%) , Assignment 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

Government and non-government agencies are increasingly dependent and reliant on cyberspace. There is a cornucopia of information and resources within reach of unauthorized individuals or parties to obtain, destroy or deny access to. Unit participation will interpret aspects of cyber policing and intelligence globally and identify potential hostilities profiling of aggressors and explore counter measures. Students will critically analyse the problems, concepts and theories of Cyber Policing and Intelligence at a strategic level.

This is a postgraduate unit in which high-level content analysis is critiqued and applied to a scholarly conceptual framework. This linking of discipline knowledge and understanding with conceptual theory is then furthered through the application of practical knowledge and skills.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the underlying principles of cyber policing and intelligence, the tools used and methodologies utilized during a cross section of investigations
  2. produce high quality written work that is clear, concise, coherent and logically structured, and that illustrates a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter
  3. demonstrate the key factors when planning and managing a cyber-investigation
  4. evaluate and contrast the various differences between an e.forensic and e.discovery investigation and determine when each one should e applied
  5. develop and effectively communicate a reasoned, balanced, persuasive and original perspective/argument.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (50%)
  • Assignment 3 (30%)

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
  • Other special requirement — Video Conferencing

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Mobile Forensics
3Online Investigations/Social Media
4Network Forensics
5Cloud Forensics
6Reporting on Findings
7International Issues & Cyber Investigations
8Cyber Intelligence
9User Profiling; New Threats

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media

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This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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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