Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Information Technology (I.T. Security)

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2014 course information

Award granted

Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Information Technology (I.T. Security)

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code079571A
Deakin course codeD380

New course commencing 2014.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Information Technology (IT Security) is the only degree of its kind in Australia. It brings together two independent degrees in criminology and information technology (IT security) into an attractive four-year combined course. The course will provide you with skills in securing data and data communications, as well as investigating, analysing and providing solutions to computer crime. The course assists you to attain the knowledge required to become a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Combining IT security with criminology covers a wide range of topics concerning the meaning of crime; different forms, causes and consequences of crime; and the different institutions and processes developed for preventing and controlling crime. You will be provided with broad theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in relation to policy development, policing and security, and related fields. Topic areas include crime, justice, security and surveillance.

You should consider this degree if you are interested in pursuing a career in criminology or IT security, and particularly the many areas where criminology and IT security overlap (such as in relation to cyber-crime and cyber-security).

You will have the opportunity to complete the Criminology Practicum in your final year of study, a unit that brings the professions to the classroom (including online via the ‘cloud’) with practitioner-driven seminars, activities bridging theory and practice, and the development of an e-portfolio that can be used for employment or career development.

In line with Deakin’s commitment to providing flexible study options, you can choose to study the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Information Technology (IT Security) full time or part time, at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) or via Cloud (online) mode. All subjects provide considerable online activities.

You will also have the opportunity to significantly fast-track your studies using Deakin’s trimester system.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Information Technology(I.T. Security) part of this double-degree is professionally accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Criminology (A329)
Bachelor of Information Technology (I.T. Security) (S334)

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

Criminology: Students must complete 16 credit points of study from the Faculty of Arts and Education including a minimum 12 credit points of ACR coded units, including the core units of ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301, and ACR302.

Criminology units are being rolled out over a three-year period in Burwood (Melbourne). In 2014, only ACR101 in Trimester 1, ACR102 in Trimester 2 and ACR212 and ACR213 in Trimester 3 will be campus based at Burwood (Melbourne). Students applying with prior study or recognition for prior learning will need to contact the student services office to review their enrolment plans.

Information Technology (I.T. Security): Students must complete 16 core units of SIT coded units plus SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit point compulsory unit)

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology (ACR101 Also offered in Trimester 3)

SIT101Fundamentals of Information Technology

SIT105Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

SIT010Safety Induction Program (SIT010 is a zero (0) credit point safety induction unit)

Plus one (1) elective unit

Trimester 2

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice

SIT103Introduction to Database Design

SIT104Introduction to Web Development

Plus one (1) elective unit

Level 2

Trimester 1

ACR201Issues in Criminal Justice

ACR203Crime, Victims and Justice

SIT223Information Technology Professional Skills

SIT192Discrete Mathematics

Trimester 2

ACR204Crime, Media and Justice

ACR202Criminology Theory

SIT182Introduction to Computer Security

SIT202Computer Networks

Level 3

Trimester 1

ACR301International and Comparative Criminal Justice

SIT374Project Management

SIT282Computer Crime and Digital Forensics

Plus one (1) unit from the following:

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society '*'

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology **

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security *

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security **

Trimester 2

ACR302Criminology Research


SIT284IT Security Management

Plus one (1) elective unit

Level 4

Trimester 1

SIT384Corporate Computer and Network Security

SIT392Public-Key Cryptography

Plus two (2) elective units from the following

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society *

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology **

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security *

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security **

Trimester 2

ACR303Criminology Practicum (2 credit point elective unit)


SIT382System Security

*ACR210, ACR211 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 1 2014, 2016, Trimester 3 2015, 2017.

** ACR212, ACR213 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3 2014, 2016, Trimester 1 2015, 2017.