Bachelor of I.T. Security

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of I.T. Security
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$26,000 AUD
CRICOS course code083693A
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): N/A
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at

Deakin course code S334
VTAC Codes1400314203 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514203 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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).

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

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.

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

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.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact