Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security

Undergraduate degree

This undergraduate course combines the fields of criminology and cyber security to provide you with a specialised skill set and unique experiences.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
61.3
Waurn Ponds:
63.35
Cloud:
NP?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2020 close 1 November 2020

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security is the only degree of its kind in Australia. You’ll become equipped with key skills in securing data and data communications, as well as investigating and providing solutions to cyber-crime. Understand the inner workings of criminal behaviour while developing a skill set to take on what’s quickly becoming the number one criminal threat to society in cyber crime.

Are you ready to join the fight against cyber crime?

Cyber security is a growing issue for individuals and businesses alike. Gain strong practical and theoretical knowledge, with an emphasis on understanding and assessing cyber security in a working environment, knowledge of security solutions and an understanding of the business, ethical and legal implications of risk management.

You’ll have access to specialised cyber security labs with state-of-the-art tools, putting you at the cutting edge of cyber security and criminology research. Designed in conjunction with leading organisations in the field, including Victoria Police and the Australian Crime Commission, you’ll be learning the skills valued by employers. 

The unique partnership of criminology and cyber security provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the motivations, causes and consequences of crime, as well as the technical skills and cyber security literacy to help prevent and combat cyber crime and cyber terrorism. 

Get practical learning with our criminology practicum, which allows you to bridge theory with practice and have a taste of how the study of criminology applies across industries and sectors. 

You will have access to our brand-new specialised capstone project and co-working space, which offers you an inspiring space to collaborate with your teammates on your capstone project. As part of your cyber security stream you will undertake two capstone units, allowing you to develop solutions to real-world problems from industry and learn agile project management methods – widely used across industry.

Our past students have collaborated on capstone projects such as:

  • Is my smart home secure enough?  
  • Virtual penetration testing lab
  • One-time pad (OTP) VPN
  • Voice activated password security
  • Secure Australian online voting system.

Need more flexibility in your studies? Take advantage of our flexible learning options and find the right balance for you. You can choose to study part time or full time, on campus or 100% online. You can also take advantage of Deakin’s trimester system and fast-track your degree and complete your combined degree in a shorter time frame. 

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security students must complete 32 credit points as follows: Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Criminology (A329) and the Bachelor of Cyber Security (S334) must be satisfied.^

16 credit points of Arts course grouped units and 16 credit points of SIT coded units
^No more than 10 credit points at level 1

Criminology

  • 6 credit points of Criminology core units (ACR101, ACR102, ACR201, ACR202, ACR301 and ACR302)
  • At least 6 credit points of Criminology electives (ACR coded units) taken at level 2 or above
  • At least 6 credit points of arts units at level 3 including ACR301 and ACR302
  • Up to 4 credit points of electives* chosen from Arts course grouped units.
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0 credit point compulsory unit)

Cyber Security

  • 16 core units# of SIT coded units plus
  • the completion of SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit) and
  • STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)

#Students undertaking D380 are not required to undertake SIT306.

*Students are encouraged to consider taking electives from the Professional Experience and Practice Minor sequence APE101APE201APE202and APE301

Core units

Criminology core units

  • Introducing Crime and Criminology ACR101 (also offered in Trimester 3) 
  • Introducing Crime and Criminal Justice ACR102
  • Issues in Criminal Justice ACR201
  • Criminology Theory ACR202
  • International and Comparative Criminal Justice ACR301
  • Criminology Research ACR302
  • Cyber Security core units

  • Introduction to Programming SIT102
  • Exploring I.T. SIT124
  • Data and Information Management SIT103
  • Thinking Technology and Design SIT105
  • Real World Practices for Cyber Security SIT182
  • Discrete Mathematics SIT192
  • Networks and Communications SIT202
  • Professional Practice in Information Technology SIT223
  • Cryptography SIT281
  • Computer Crime and Digital Forensics SIT282
  • Cyber Security Management SIT284
  • Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices SIT374 ^
  • Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery SIT378 ^
  • System Security SIT382
  • Cyber Security Analytics SIT384
  • Ethical Hacking SIT379
  • Safety Induction Program SIT010 (zero (0) credit point safety induction unit)
  • Career Tools for Employability STP010 (zero (0) credit point career tools unit)
  • ^ Students are expected to undertake SIT374 and SIT378 in consecutive trimesters. Students should seek advice from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SIT374 and SIT378 consecutively.

    Elective units

  • Crime, Victims and Justice ACR203
  • Crime, Media and Justice ACR204
  • Criminology in Action ACR206
  • Crime, Surveillance and Society ACR304 *
  • Crime, Surveillance and Technology ACR212 **
  • Crime Prevention and Security ACR211 *
  • Crime, Terrorism and Security ACR305 **
  • Careers in Criminal Justice ACR306
  • ACR304, ACR211 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 1 2020, 2022, and Trimester 3 2021.

    ** ACR212, ACR305 are offered in Trimesters 1 and 3 in alternating years; Trimester 3 2020, 2022, and Trimester 1 2021.

    Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security

    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400310031 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400510031 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400610031 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    D380
    CRICOS code?
    091788E
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    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.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    The following entry requirements are applicable to current Year 12 students and applicants who graduated from a senior secondary certificate in the past two years and haven't undertaken any further study.

    Prerequisite subjects

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

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the English language requirements page.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you successfully completed your senior secondary certificate and have started a higher education program, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Refer to the Admissions Tests page for further information about the STAT. Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the English language requirements page.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    TAFE experience

    If you successfully completed your senior secondary certificate and have started a VET program, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Refer to the Admissions Tests page for further information about the STAT. Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the English language requirements page.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you successfully completed your senior secondary certificate more than three years ago, or you have not successfully completed your senior secondary certificate, you can use your work and life experience to support your application.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Refer to the Admissions Tests page for further information about the STAT. Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    English language requirements

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in any English, any History, any Information Technology, Legal Studies, any Mathematics, Philosophy, Australian Politics, Global Politics, Psychology or Sociology equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of 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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
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    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 Recognition of 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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications through VTAC have now closed.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Application Portal.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security with our pathways finder.

    Alternative exits

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Largest concentration of cyber research in Victoria

    Only degree of its kind in Australia

    Specialised cyber security labs with state-of-the-art tools

    Over 10 years teaching experience in cyber security

    Career outcomes

    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 DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Cyber Security part of this double-degree is professionally accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of the single degree.

    *2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
    #ARWU Rankings 2019
    ~According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
    ^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
    ^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

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