Subject details

After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of fraud and cybercrime as contemporary and evolving crime categories.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the significant harms (financial, emotional and societal) that result from fraud and cybercrime.
  3. Apply criminological theories to understand why and how fraud and cybercrime occurs.
  4. Developing basic strategies for the prevention, disruption and detection of fraud and cybercrime.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the role, responsibilities and investigative capacities of governments, law enforcement, regulatory agencies and corporate and private sectors groups in combatting fraud and cybercrime.
  6. Demonstrate sound analysis and problem-solving skills.
    • Introduction to fraud and cybercrime
    • Scale and impact of fraud and cybercrime
    • Individual level theories: Fraud & Cybercrime
    • Situational level theories: Fraud & Cybercrime
    • Cybercrime (Computer as Target)
    • Cybercrime (Cyber Enabled)
    • Identity Theft and Fraud
    • Cyber Fraud
    • Globalisation of Cybercrime
    • Fraud & Cybercrime Investigation
    • Review
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials


This is not an introductory subject, it is a third year subject. You must have a basic understanding of the first year criminology subjects. Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the course. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject covers a range of technology-enabled crimes, including attacks on computer hardware (i.e., viruses, ransomware attacks, etc.) and those crimes in which computers are used as the primary facilitator of the crime (i.e., online fraud, cyber terrorism, cyber stalking, cyber bullying, online child exploitation, etc.).

Fraud and cybercrime are evolving and contemporary crime categories. These crimes have significant impact on the financial and emotional wellbeing of victims, along with broader societal impact. Current approaches to preventing, detecting and punishing these crimes have proven to be challenging as governments, law enforcement and regulatory agencies attempt to combat their growing prevalence and sophistication of offender methodologies.

Part 1 (Weeks 1 to 2) introduces students to the broad concepts of fraud and cybercrime, providing a foundation on which to develop more specific understandings of the multi-faceted nature of these crimes and their prevalence.

Part 2 (Weeks 3 to 4) examines the theories relevant to explaining and describing fraud and cybercrime. It explores both victim and offender perspectives to examine the nature of victimisation and offending types and patterns.

Part 3 (Weeks 5 to 10) provides a review of the prevalence and nature of specific types of fraud and cybercrime. Students explore topics ranging from cyber stalking through to cyber terrorism, online investment and romance fraud and identity theft and fraud.

Part 4 (Week 11) explores the investigation responsibilities and approaches of a range of relevant government, law enforcement, regulatory agencies and the corporate and private sector involved in the prevention and detection of fraud and cybercrime.

  • Online Quiz (10%)
  • Case Study (45%)
  • Final Invigilated Exam (45%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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