Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security

Course summary for local students

Year

2017 course information

Award granted

Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

Trimester 1 (March), Trimester 2 (July), Trimester 3 (November)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au   

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Information Technology
Tel 03 9244 6699
sebe@deakin.edu.au
www.deakin.edu.au/information-technology

LevelUndergraduate
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): N/A
CRICOS course code091788E
VTAC Codes1400310031 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510031 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610031 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D380

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security is the only degree of its kind in Australia. It brings together two independent degrees in Criminology and Cyber 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 cyber 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 cyber security, and particularly the many areas where criminology and cyber 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 Cyber 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 Cyber Security part of this double-degree is professionally accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Career opportunities

Promising career opportunities await in the areas of both criminology and cyber security. Graduates may find employment in areas such as government agencies, state and federal police, security and intelligence agencies, research and policy development, correctional services, community services, and private security and consultative industries, as well as more technical roles such as security analyst, security systems manager, security system developer/programmer, anti-virus software developer or computer forensic specialist.

For more information go to My Course My Career

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.

Cyber Security: Students must complete 16 core units# of SIT coded units plus SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit point compulsory unit)

# Students undertaking D380 are not required to undertake SIT306.

See course entry for Bachelor of Criminology (A329) or Bachelor of Cyber Security (S334)

Course structure

Core units

Criminology core units

ACR101Introducing Crime and Criminology (also offered in Trimester 3) 

ACR102Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice

ACR201Issues in Criminal Justice

ACR202Criminology Theory

ACR301International and Comparative Criminal Justice

ACR302Criminology Research

Cyber Security core units

SIT101Fundamentals of Information Technology

SIT103Database and Information Retrieval

SIT104Introduction to Web Development

SIT105Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for IT

SIT182Real World Practices for Cyber Security

SIT192Discrete Mathematics

SIT202Computer Networks

SIT223Information Technology Professional Skills

SIT281Cryptography

SIT282Computer Crime and Digital Forensics

SIT284IT Security Management

SIT302Project Delivery

SIT374Project Design

SIT382System Security

SIT384Data Analytics for Cyber Security

SIT392Public-Key Cryptography

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

Elective units

ACR203Crime, Victims and Justice

ACR204Crime, Media and Justice

ACR210Crime, Surveillance and Society *

ACR212Crime, Surveillance and Technology **

ACR211Crime Prevention and Security *

ACR213Crime, Terrorism and Security **

ACR303Criminology Practicum (2 credit point elective unit)

*ACR210, ACR211 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 1 2016, 2018, Trimester 3 2017, 2019.

** ACR212, ACR213 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3 2016, 2018, Trimester 1 2017, 2019.

Course Map

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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.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.  In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.  For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

NY12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement.

Deakin Access and Equity Program applicants via SEAS.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Students applying with prior study or recognition for prior learning will need to contact the student support office to review their enrolment plans.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Alternate exits

Bachelor of Criminology (A329)
Bachelor of Cyber Security (S334)