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Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Secure technology is pivotal to living everyday life. Deakin's Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours) equips you with the essential skills to protect computer systems. This course will be available from Trimester 2, 2023.

Key facts

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

Secure technology is not only pivotal to business, but to living everyday life. As a result, cyber security professionals are in high demand around the world. Deakin’s Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours) is a specialised four-year course equips you with the essential skills to investigate and protect computer systems, networks and programs through exploration of best practice in the identification, diagnosis, analysis and management of cyber security challenges.

You will assess cyber security systems in a working environment, and cover areas such as computer crime and digital forensics while gaining the skills to identify, diagnose and manage risk. You will undertake a professional placement, work in teams with an industry partner to tackle authentic business challenges as part of a capstone project, focus your studies by undertaking a minor in an area of your choosing, and complete an honours research project in your final year.

Ready to secure the digital future?

The Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours) gives you ample opportunity to sharpen your skill set under the guidance and direction of our supportive teaching staff. You'll explore fundamental concepts across computer systems and discrete mathematics in your first year, before diving into more advanced topics in networking and communication, computer and network forensics, security analytics, secure coding and ethical hacking.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours)
Year

2023 course information

Deakin code
S434
CRICOS code?
111443E
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 8.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours) students must complete 32 credit points comprising:

  • Thirteen (13) credit points of core units
  • A three (3) credit point Cyber Security capstone
  • A four (4) credit point Cyber Security Research Training capstone
  • And one of:
    • Three minors (totalling 12 credit points) OR
    • Two minors (totalling 8 credit points), and four open elective units (4 credit points) OR
    • One minor (totalling 4 credit points), and eight open elective units (8 credit points)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP010 Career Tools for Employability (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 7 – minimum 4 credit points of postgraduate units
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Course Certifications

Students will also have the opportunity to complete industry certifications within the following core units as part of your cyber security degree for no additional cost:

  • Real World Practices for Cyber Security
  • Secure Coding
  • Computer Forensics and Investigations
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Certifications include:

    • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
    • Certified Secure Programmer (ECSP)
    • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)
    • Cybersecurity Fundamentals (CSX)

    These industry certifications are recognised globally and prove your competence and proficiency in these highly skilled cyber security areas.

    Core

    Year 1 -Trimester 1

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Real World Practices for Cyber Security
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Computer Networks and Communication
  • Object-Oriented Development
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Plus one minor unit (one credit point)

    Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Computer Forensics and Investigations
  • Cyber Security Analytics
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Plus one minor unit (one credit point)

    Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Secure Coding
  • Professional Practice in Information Technology #
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Plus one minor unit (one credit point)

    Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Malware Analysis
  • Network Forensics
  • Plus one minor unit (one credit point)

    Plus one (1) credit point from the following capstone options:

  • Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices ^~ OR
  • One (1) SIT elective unit

    Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Ethical Hacking
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Plus two (2) credit points from the following capstone options:

  • Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery ^ and
  • IT Placements and Industry Experience ^+
  • OR

  • Professional Practice (2 credit points) ^+

  • Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Research Training and Project (2 credit points) (Research Training capstone)^
  • Plus two (2) major or minor units (two (2) credit points)

    Year 4 - Trimester 2

    Plus two (2) electives or minor units (2 credit points)

    Plus two (2) credit points from the following Research Training capstone options:

  • Research Project (2 credit points)^
  • OR

  • Research Project (Advanced) (2 credit points)^*
  • ^ offered in trimester 1, trimester 2, trimester 3

    + Students must have completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit) and SIT223 Professional Practice in IT.

    ~ Note: Students are recommended 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.

     ^ Offered in Trimester 1, trimester 2 and trimester 3

    # Corequisite of STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)

    * Entry to SIT746 is subject to specific unit entry requirements.

    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).

    Minor sequences

    Refer to the details of each minor sequence for availability.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    New course from Trimester 2, 2023

    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

    Student Equipment Purchases

    The learning experiences and assessment activities within this course require that students have access to a range of technologies beyond a desktop computer or laptop. Students will be required to purchase minor equipment, such as small single board computers, microcontrollers and sensors, which will be used within a range of units in this course. This equipment is also usable by the student beyond their studies. Equipment requirements and details of suppliers will be provided on a per-unit basis. The indicative cost of this equipment for this course is AUD$500.

    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.

    S334 Bachelor of Cyber Security

    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.

    Workload

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

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

    Work experience

    This course includes a compulsory work placement where you will be required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours in industry, providing professional work experience with an approved host organisation. Alternatively, high achieving students may have the opportunity to undertake an extended full-time paid industry-based learning placement (conditions apply, please refer to deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil)

    Elective units may also provide additional opportunities for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

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

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    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.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

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

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    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.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    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.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

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

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    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.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in any English, any Information Technology or any Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 10 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.

    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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Fee rate

    Estimated tuition fees - CSP: 2023 fees are currently unavailable due to a delay in the student contribution rates set by the Australian Government.

    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

    Entry pathways

    Further study options

    A Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours) may also provide you with the opportunity to  pursue a research pathway to Higher Degree by Research.

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.

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    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Skilled cyber security professionals are highly sought-after across the globe. As a graduate, you will have a highly specialised skill-set that enables you to effectively identify, diagnose and manage cyber security challenges. You may find employment as a security analyst; project manager; security systems developer, programmer or auditor; cryptographer; security consultant; or IT security engineer to name a few.

    By undertaking a focused research project in your final year of study, you’ll also acquire research skills and advanced technical expertise in your chosen topic, as well as the skills to become a creative, solutions-driven professional in the dynamic and ever-evolving field of cyber security. You will also be well positioned to pursue further study including a masters by research or PhD.

    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.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

     

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Develop a coherent and advanced knowledge of cyber security, with detailed knowledge of the computer networking, security analytics, secure coding and knowledge, skills, tools, and methodologies for professional practice and research.

    Communication

    Communicate in a professional context to inform, motivate, and effect change, and to drive sustainable innovation, utilising a range of verbal, graphical and written methods, recognising the needs of diverse audiences.

    Digital literacy

    Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, analyse, evaluate, select, process, and disseminate both technical and non-technical information in cyber security projects and research.

    Critical thinking

    Evaluate information and evidence, applying critical and analytical thinking and reasoning, technical skills, personal judgement and values, in decision processes.

    Problem solving

    Apply theoretical constructs and skills and critical analysis to real-world and ill-defined problems and develop robust cyber security solutions.

    Self-management

    Work independently to apply knowledge and skills to new situations in research and professional practice and/or further learning in the field of cyber security with adaptability, autonomy, responsibility, and personal accountability for actions as a practitioner and a learner.

    Teamwork

    Contribute effectively as a skilled and knowledgeable individual to the processes and output of a work unit or team, with specific knowledge and skills associated with using professional and research practices associated with the information technology industry.

    Global citizenship

    Apply professional and ethical standards and accountability in research and in designing, deploying, and operating cyber security solutions.

    Approved by Faculty Board 28 July 2022