Cyber Security in Practice - 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: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Assessment 1 (10%) , Assignment 2 - Assessment 2 (15%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 798.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,048.00

Computer systems and networks, and the applications that they support, are essential to information flows, economic transactions and critical infrastructure in the twenty-first century. This unit will present an overview of cyber security in practice with reference to both public and private sector organisations. The unit will look at the motives and perpetrators of cybercrime. It will explore how individuals and organisations face specific threats from their use of technology and identifies challenges in maintaining cyber and information security. It further examines the protective security measures required to protect physical and digital access to information through people, infrastructure and computer systems. The unit complements PICX111 which looks at non-traditional security threats in the twenty-first century.

Upon fulfilling the requirements of this unit, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. describe key crime types and criminological issue which relate to cybercrime
  2. identify key security vulnerabilities of data storage infrastructure
  3. analyse threats to computer networks and physical infrastructure
  4. explain the key procedures and practices relevant to the management of cyber security risks and counter measures
  5. design cyber security guidelines for personnel of a large public or private sector organisation which relies extensively on information and communication technology for its routine operations
  6. integrate and analyse relevant theoretical and case based literature to present a sustained, coherent and logical consideration of cybercrime and cyber security.
  • Assignment 1 — Assessment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Assessment 2 (15%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assessment 3 (25%)
  • Assignment 4 — Assessment 4 (50%)

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.

12 units including PICX111

  • 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:

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective 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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