Bachelor of Cyber Security

Undergraduate degree

Secure your digital future through exploration of best practice in the identification, diagnosis, analysis and management of cyber security challenges.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

3 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 information

Cyber security is a growing issue for individuals and businesses alike. Technology is not only pivotal to business in the 21st century, but to living everyday life. As a result, cyber security professionals are in high demand around the world. Deakin’s Bachelor of Cyber Security equips you with the essential skills to investigate and combat cyber crime and cyber terrorism. This vital experience is required to address what’s quickly becoming the number one criminal threat to modern-day society.

Gain strong practical and theoretical knowledge with an emphasis on assessing cyber security in a working environment, and the business, ethical and legal implications of risk management. You will cover areas such as computer crime and digital forensics and gain the skills to identify, diagnose and manage the challenges of cyber security. As a graduate, you’ll be well on your way to an exciting career in an in-demand, global industry.

Are you ready to join the fight against cyber crime?

Study cyber security at Deakin and acquire the skills demanded by a diverse range of industry and government sectors. 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.

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 a cyber security student 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

This course also includes a core IT placement unit, where you’ll undertake a minimum of 100 hours of professional work experience with an approved host organisation. You can access 50 guaranteed employment placements with banks, including partnerships with NAB, ANZ and Dimension Data. You’ll work on industry projects and gain experience in entrepreneurship and business skills.

This experience ensures you’ll be well-armed to apply your learning in the workplace and deal with imminent threats and challenges emerging from the digital space.

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Course structure

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 a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 16 credit points of core units (which includes a compulsory internship unit - SIT306 IT Placement or STP301 Industry Based learning)
  • 4 credit points from a minor
  • 4 credit points of elective units
  • 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 3 - minimum of 6 credit points

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

16

Core units

4

Minor units

4

Elective units

24

Total units

Course Certifications

Students will have the opportunity to complete industry certifications within the following units:

  • Real World Practices for Cyber Security SIT182
  • Secure Coding SIT218
  • Computer Crime and Digital Forensics SIT282
  • Ethical Hacking SIT379
  • Core

    Level 1 -Trimester 1

  • Introduction to Programming SIT102
  • Computer Systems SIT111
  • Real World Practices for Cyber Security SIT182
  • Discrete Mathematics SIT192
  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Safety Induction Program SIT010 (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability STP010 (0 credit points)
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Networks and Communications SIT202
  • Object-Oriented Development SIT232
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Plus one minor unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Professional Practice in Information Technology SIT223 #
  • Cyber Security Analytics SIT384
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Plus one minor unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Secure Coding SIT218
  • Computer Crime and Digital Forensics SIT282
  • Plus one minor unit

    Plus one unit in

  • IT Placement SIT306
  • or

  • Industry Based Learning STP301
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Malware Analysis SIT324
  • Network Forensics SIT327
  • Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices SIT374 ~
  • Plus one minor unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery SIT378
  • Ethical Hacking SIT379
  • Plus two elective units (two credit points)

    Plus one minor unit

    ^ offered in Trimester 1, trimester 2 and trimester 3

    # Must have completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

    ~ 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.

    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.
    Students must complete at least one minor from the following areas:

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Cyber Security
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314203 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400514203 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    S334
    CRICOS code?
    091336M
    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

    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.

    The Bachelor of Cyber Security is also available as the following combined courses 

    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 between 6 – 12 weeks (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 are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    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.

    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.

    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 Deakin Policy Library.

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

    Higher education experience

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 education experience

    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 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.

    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.

    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 Deakin Policy Library.

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

    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.

    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.

    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 Deakin Policy Library.

    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 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.

    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

    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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning.
    Your Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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 eight 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 international student fees.

    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 for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Career options include work as a:

    • security consultant
    • cryptographer
    • information security auditor
    • IT security engineer
    • project manager
    • security analyst
    • security system developer or programmer
    • security system manager

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Cyber Security 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.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

     

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Develop a broad, coherent knowledge of the IT discipline including its dynamic environment, with detailed knowledge of project management principles and in depth knowledge in IT Security.  Design, develop and implement IT systems and software, and associated policies and procedures for optimal use and apply industry standards and best practice in one or more specialised areas of IT.  Acquire in-depth knowledge and skills to develop, implement and manage security solutions for systems, networks, and data according to industry-accepted standards and best practice. 

    Communication

    Communicate in an IT context to inform, motivate and effect change 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. 

    Critical thinking

    Evaluate specialist IT information using critical and analytical thinking, technical skills and well-developed judgement to identify problems, analyse user requirements and propose solutions. 

    Problem solving

    Apply theoretical constructs and skills and critical analysis to real-world and ill-defined problems and develop innovative IT solutions.

    Self-management

    Apply knowledge and skills to new situations in professional practice and/or further learning in the field of IT with adaptability, autonomy, responsibility and personal accountability for actions as a practitioner and a learner.  Apply understanding of reflective practice and self-critique skills within broad parameters to plan for their own future continuing professional development.  

    Teamwork

    Apply the principles of effective teamwork as a member of diverse IT teams to demonstrate responsibility for own learning within broad parameters.

    Global citizenship

    Apply professional and ethical standards and accountability for own learning to the development, design, construction and management of localised IT solutions.

    Approved by Faculty Board 27 June 2019

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