Subject details

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

  1. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of simulation & role-playing as an educational and professional tool.
  2. Understand decision-making, bargaining situations and group dynamics in a political-strategic context.
  3. Use tools and software commonly used to attack/protect networks in complex and evolving real-world situations.
  4. Communicate disciplinary knowledge to professional audiences through the Cyber Security sections of the briefing papers.
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics in this unit will be provided in the study materials.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Simulations

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s); or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

MAQ-PICX812-Critical Thought and Research Design


Admission to MCyberSec and six units at 800 level or above

Special requirements

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    The second half of the unit when students are doing the simulation/wargame, will be delivered in an intensive mode, students are required to have an intensive level of involvement for 2 weeks.


    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

This subject provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gain throughout their program of study to a real world crisis. By participating in a dynamic simulation, students will be required to solve problems and find solutions to real world challenges. Students will be assigned to an executive team that includes students with different skill sets and knowledge. These executive teams may include strategists, intelligence analysts, criminologists, counter terrorism experts, and cyber security analysts. Students enrolled in Simulation in Cyber Security will perform the role of the cyber security analyst. Their mission will be to formulate solutions by employing the academic, research, analysis and workplace skills they acquired throughout their program. In particular, they will be required to use their knowledge of cyber security suites –including offensive tools– to provide detailed assessments of the evolving situation/scenario. They will also be responsible for the cyber security sections of ministerial briefing papers that each group will have to provide as part of their assessment tasks. The student will be required to make policy recommendations based on his assessment of the situation.

  • Policy Brief (20%)
  • Case Study (20%)
  • Ministerial Brief (30%)
  • Simulation (30%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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