Bachelor of I.T. Security

Course summary for local 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)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$8,829 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

School of Information Technology
Tel 03 9244 6699
sebe@deakin.edu.au

www.deakin.edu.au/sebe/it

LevelUndergraduate
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): N/A
CRICOS course code083693A
VTAC Codes1400314201 - 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

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).

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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown 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 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

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. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

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

This information is provided as 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 enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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

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 24 credit points including 17 core units (these are compulsory) and 7 elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

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).


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.

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.

How to apply

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Work experience

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/students/wil.