Cyber Security - 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 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

 In today’s world, organisations must be able to protect and defend against threats in cyberspace. This course aims to provide a solid understanding of the theory and practice used to manage information security on computer systems and networks. Students will be exposed to multiple cyber security technologies, processes and procedures, learn how to analyse threats, vulnerabilities and risks present in these environments, and develop appropriate strategies to mitigate potential cyber security problems. Topics include: an overview of computer and communications security, risk assessment, human factors, identification and authentication, access controls, malicious software, software security and legal and ethical issues.

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

  1. explain the concepts of confidentiality, availability and integrity in Information Assurance, including physical, software, devices, policies and people
  2. comprehensively explain a range of contemporary and dynamic issues that can impact on cyber security
  3. use risk management principles to assess threats, vulnerabilities, countermeasures and impact contributions at risk in information systems
  4. create a disaster recovery plan to enable a business to protect and recover their IT infrastructure in the event of a disaster.
  • 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

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Frameworks and Strategies
2Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
3Risks and Controls
4Attacks and Mitigation
6Emergency Response
7Damage Assessment
8Controls and Training
9Behaviours and Social Engineering

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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