Bachelor of I.T. Security

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of I.T. Security
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code083693A
Deakin course codeS334

From 2017 this course will be retitled Bachelor of Cyber Security

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Learn about digital forensics, watermarking techniques, encryption and digital rights management and gain the technical skills required to investigate and combat cyber-crime and cyber-terrorism. Deakin’s Bachelor of IT Security gives you a solid understanding of the concepts and practices associated with IT and cyber security.

The digital world is central to the way we live, work, communicate and conduct business. Now more than ever, it’s vital that the data and systems providing these services be safeguarded by ethical professionals with strong cyber security literacy and technical skills. 

This course will teach you how to identify, diagnose, analyse and manage the challenges of Cyber security. You’ll cover areas such as computer crime and digital forensics, evaluating software for security vulnerabilities, designing secure databases, securing operating systems, assessing and reinforcing the security of websites, integrating security requirements into new developments, designing secure network architectures, performing risk assessments and responding to cyber security incidents.

Classes use specialised software to enable practice of real world cyber-attack and response scenarios. You’ll consequently get the chance to reflect on the need for cyber security in a working environment, and the various solutions that might apply.

The degree focuses on technical elements and sets you up with strong skills in critical thinking and problem solving. You’ll be able to apply your learning in the workplace, and capably deal with imminent threats and challenges from the digital space where interconnected vehicles, drones, smart home gadgets, mobile and wearable devices, and health-kits prosper.

The course will help you develop strong interpersonal skills and a capacity for team-work. You’ll also build your written and oral communications skills, which means that you’ll graduate as a qualified and highly employable IT professional.

Career options include work as a security analyst, project manager, security system manager, cryptographer, business analyst, consultant, security system developer or programmer, information security auditor, law enforcement personnel or IT security engineer. An honours year is available for high-achieving students upon completion of this degree.

As a graduate of this degree you’ll be eligible for professional recognition with the Australian Computer Society (ACS) - Australia’s leading professional association for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. As a member, you’ll receive international recognition for your skills as well as professional development opportunities, networking and information resources.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of IT Security is professionally accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Career opportunities

Career options include work as a security analyst, project manager, security system manager, cryptographer, consultant, security system developer or programmer, information security auditor, business continuity or IT security engineer.


Equipment requirements

For information regarding hardware and software requirements, please refer to the School of Information Technology's website, www.deakin.edu.au/information-technology/students or telephone 03 9244 6699.

Combined courses

The Bachelor of IT Security is also available as a combined course with Criminology, please refer to D380 Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of IT Security.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$8,829Not applicable$26,000

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of I.T. Security, students must attain 24 credit points.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 24 credit points, you’ll need to study 24 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 17 core units (which includes a compulsory internship unit)
  • 7 elective units
  • completion of SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • completion of STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • level 1 - maximum of 10 credit points
  • levels 2 and 3 - minimum of 14 credit points over both levels
  • level 3 - minimum of 6 credit points of which at least 4 must be SIT Course Grouped units

Course structure

Core

Level 1 -Trimester 1

SIT101Fundamentals of Information Technology

SIT105Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for IT

SIT192Discrete Mathematics

SIT010Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

Plus one elective unit

Level 1 - Trimester 2

SIT103Database and Information Retrieval

SIT104Introduction to Web Development

SIT182Introduction to Computer Security

Plus one elective unit


Level 2 - Trimester 1

SIT223Information Technology Professional Skills

SIT282Computer Crime and Digital Forensics

STP010Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)

Plus two elective units

Level 2 - Trimester 2

SIT202Computer Networks

SIT281Cryptography

SIT284IT Security Management

Plus one elective unit


Level 3 - Trimester 1

SIT306IT Internship ^

SIT374Project Management

SIT384Corporate Computer and Network Security

SIT392Public-Key Cryptography

Level 3 - Trimester 2

SIT302Project

SIT382System Security

Plus two elective units

^ offered in Trimester 1, trimester 2 and trimester 3

Electives

Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).