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MLM735 - Data Law, Policy and Cybercrime


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:Nil
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Samantha Christie

MLM704 or

MLJ701, MLJ702 and MLJ703

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2 hour recorded class per week plus 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week (livestreamed and recordings provided)


This unit has 2 modules:

Module 1 – Data law and policy.

The following topics will be examined:   Introduction, the significance of data politically, economically and socially. The threats and opportunities it offers to society;  the 2017 Productivity Commission Data Availability and Use Inquiry Report- summary, key themes, main issues raised; the May 2018 Fed Government response to this Productivity Commission Report- discussion of Government policy approach and implications of this; outcomes of the Fed Govmt response to PC report including legislation instituting a Consumer Data Right and legislation instituting a Data Sharing and Release law; comparison with approach of key overseas jurisdictions to data; case study of data access issues raised by privately held data sets

Module 2 – Cybercrime.

The following topics will be examined:   Introduction, overview of key principles of criminal law and key cybercrimes;  Traditional crimes which can be committed in cyberspace, eg stalking, intellectual property theft, identity theft, abuse, grooming;   Cyber specific crimes, such as  ransomware, credential harvesting malware, attacks on computer systems;    Overview of Australian government regulatory  architecture to deal with cybercrime, including Australian Signals Directorate, ACSC, the role of the Federal Police, and ASIO and relationship with international counterparts concerning cross-border cybercrimes

  These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit.
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply the relevant law and underlying policy to issues relating to  data law and cybercrime 

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Conduct legal research, identify problems, and devise solutions/courses of actions in relation to domestic and international aspects of data policy and cybercrime

GLO5: Problem solving


Critically analyse and evaluate policy and emerging issues in legal aspects of data policy and cybercrime

GLO4: Critical thinking


Articulate legal aspects of data policy and cybercrime succinctly, clearly, and intelligibly to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

GLO2: Communication

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Data issues case study - written work critically analysing legal and policy matters 1500 words 25% Information not yet available

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Cybercrime case study-

written work critically analysing legal and policy issues

1500 words 25% Information not yet available
Examination- open book 2 hours



Exam Period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

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