Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Critical Review (15%) , Assignment 2 - Problem Based Learning (15%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,214.00
International 3,464.00

This unit was previously known as Information Warfare & Cyberterrorism.

Cyberspace is borderless and global. The emergence of modern technology and an information-based world has created new opportunities for criminals. This unit provides an overview of these new threats in terms of global security and the implications for law enforcement and national security responses. The course will analyse the processes of cyber terrorism and information cyber warfare through historical, operational and strategic perspectives. Topics like the role of the internet in radicalisation, extremism and recruitment, and the role of digital currency in money laundering and recruiting will be covered. Students will gain an understanding of various definitions of cyber terrorism and information warfare, and through an application of case studies will analyse and critique existing literature and understanding of these subject matters. They will also be able to analyse how nation states and non-nation state actors utilise the internet as an attack vector in information warfare to infiltrate digital systems to gain control of critical infrastructure. The unit is interactive and students are expected to actively participate in seminars and online discussion forums.

At completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand and differentiate characteristics and typologies of different crime threats and trends in the cyber space
  2. analyse how nation-states and non-nation-states actors utilize the internet as an attack vector in information warfare to infiltrate digital systems and gain control of critical infrastructure through the use of case studies
  3. identify the value of the Internet as a vehicle to recruit, communicate, and fund terrorism
  4. demonstrate knowledge of relevant theories, cross disciplinary approaches (criminology and information security) and research applicable to the study of cyber terrorism and information warfare.
  • Assignment 1 — Critical Review (15%)
  • Assignment 2 — Problem Based Learning (15%)
  • Assignment 3 — Major essay (40%)
  • Participation — Participation/Engagement (10%)
  • Quizzes (20%)

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

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

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