Bachelor of Cyber Security
Course summary for local students
2017 course information
|Award granted||Bachelor of Cyber Security|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017||$8,875 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017||Not applicable|
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Information Technology
|CRICOS course code||091336M|
|VTAC Codes||1400314201 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514201 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614201 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||S334|
|Approval status||This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.|
|Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition||The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.|
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Work experience
Deakin’s Bachelor of Cyber Security provides a solid foundation of the cyber security literacy and technical skills required by industry for a cyber security professional including those allowing you to be able to investigate and combat cyber-crime and cyber terrorism.
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.
Whether it’s keeping in touch with friends on social networks, paying bills online, or using water or electricity, we depend on secure networked systems to keep our confidential information safe and rely on the assurance provided by custodians of this information to carry out activities in our day-to-day lives. Governments, military, financial institutions, hospitals and other businesses are all facing an unprecedented sophistication of cyber-attacks and there is a shortage of people with the skills and capability needed to ensure security in cyberspace.
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.
The Bachelor of Cyber Security is professionally accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
Fees and charges
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
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 Learning Outcomes
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.
3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.
6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.
7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.
8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.
Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016
To complete the Bachelor of Cyber 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 24 credit points including 17 core units (these are compulsory) and 7 elective units (you can choose which ones to study).
Level 1 -Trimester 1
|SIT101||Fundamentals of Information Technology|
|SIT105||Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for IT|
|SIT010||Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)|
Plus one elective unit
Level 1 - Trimester 2
|SIT103||Database and Information Retrieval|
|SIT104||Introduction to Web Development|
|SIT182||Real World Practices for Cyber Security|
Plus one elective unit
Level 2 - Trimester 1
|SIT223||Information Technology Professional Skills|
|SIT282||Computer Crime and Digital Forensics|
|STP010||Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit points)|
Plus two elective units
Level 2 - Trimester 2
|SIT284||IT Security Management|
Plus one elective unit
Level 3 - Trimester 1
|SIT384||Data Analytics for Cyber Security|
|SIT379||Ethical Hacking #|
Plus one unit in:
|SIT306||IT Internship ^|
|STP301||Industry Based Learning|
Level 3 - Trimester 2
Plus two elective units
^ offered in Trimester 1, trimester 2 and trimester 3
# available from 2018
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).
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.
The Bachelor of Cyber Security is also available as a combined course with Criminology, please refer to D380 Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security.
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.
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.
How to apply
Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016
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.
You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
You will have an opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific Industry-Based Learning placement as part of your course. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply and consolidate what you are learning in your course, experience workplace culture and workplace practices, explore career options and develop a professional network before you graduate. Please refer to deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.