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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The modern digital society is central to the way we live, work, communicate and conduct business – it is vital that data and systems providing these services be safeguarded by ethical professionals with strong cyber security literacy and technical skills.  Deakin’s Bachelor of IT Security will take you on an exploratory journey and provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of concepts and practices applied in cyber security.

Our vision of cyber security extends the traditional view of information security which only encompasses three components — confidentiality, integrity and availability. We enable students to be capable of identifying, diagnosing, analyzing and handling the challenges of: 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. This degree focuses on technical elements and assures graduates with strong critical thinking and problem solving skills. Furthermore, this skill set is readily applicable to imminent threats and challenges in the context of the Internet of Things where interconnected vehicles, drones, smart home gadgets, mobile and wearable devices and health-kits prosper. Students are encouraged and fostered to develop a solution-based mindset around securing the interconnected globe of the future and seek a successful career path in cyber security.

Students will learn in an engaging and dedicated learning environment with access to Deakin’s cloud learning facilities including specialised software to enable practice of real world cyber-attack and response scenarios. Students will reflect on the need and the use of cyber security in a working environment, including knowledge of the security strategies and solutions available.

The significance of interpersonal skills will also be fostered for students to develop their team-work, written and oral communications skills and graduate as a qualified IT professional who is eminently employable.

An honours year is available for high-achieving students upon completion of this degree.

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, 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

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

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

Level 1

Trimester 1

SIT101Fundamentals of Information Technology

SIT105Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for IT

SIT192Discrete Mathematics

SIT010Safety Induction Program *

Plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

SIT103Database and Information Retrieval

SIT104Introduction to Web Development

SIT182Introduction to Computer Security

Plus one elective unit

Level 2

Trimester 1

STP010Introduction to Work Placements *

SIT223Information Technology Professional Skills

SIT282Computer Crime and Digital Forensics

Plus two elective units

Trimester 2

SIT202Computer Networks


SIT284IT Security Management

Plus one elective unit

Level 3

Trimester 1

SIT306IT Internship ^

SIT374Project Management

SIT384Corporate Computer and Network Security

SIT392Public-Key Cryptography

Trimester 2


SIT382System Security

Plus two elective units

*Note: SIT010 and STP010 are 0 credit point units.

^ offered in Trimester 1, trimester 2 and trimester 3