• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Criminology
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Information Technology, Security Studies, Information Systems, Criminology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
Fundamentals of Cyber Security: Responding to crime in the digital age (CRIM6012)

Cyber Security refers to security and the protection of privacy in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). As governments, businesses and individuals become more dependent on cyber based tools and services, the demand grows for cyber security experts to protect digital assets. This course is the first of its kind to focus on the intersection of criminology and technology and how, together, they can address critical threats and respond to crime in the digital world.
This course will help students to understand common cyber attacks and trends, and techniques for identifying, detecting, and defending against cyber security threats. A range of cyber security concepts and practices will be covered including malicious code (viruses, worms and other forms of hostile executable code), exploits and vulnerabilities, Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA) Triad, threat intelligence and attribution, digital forensics, access control, encryption, risk management, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial control systems, and surveillance and policing. This course will also discuss legal and regulatory compliance requirements related to cyber issues.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the technical basics of cyber security and cyber issues.
  2. Explore the nature of emerging and future cyber threats.
  3. Critically evaluate a range of tools and techniques used to minimize risks, and propose effective countermeasures to protect digital assets.
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate important concepts and conceptual challenges regarding cyber security
  5. Evaluate strategies and steps to investigate digital crime evidence.
  6. Conduct independent, collaborative research through written and oral presentations, and a risk assessment scenario.

Indicative Assessment

2 week offering:
Participation/ engagement: 10%, (LO 1-6)
Risk assessment report, 1500 words: 10%, (LO 2-6)
Mid term exam: 25%, (LO 1-3)
Group presentation: 15%, (LO 1-6)
Final exam: 40%, (LO 1-6)
Intensive offering:
Participation/ engagement: 10%, (LO 1-6)
Risk assessment report: 10%, 1500 words, (LO 2-6)
Mid-week exam: 25%, (LO 1-3)
Group presentation: 15%, (LO 1-6)
Final exam: 40%, (LO 1-6)

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Students are expected to complete 130 hours of study for this course, which includes 36 hours of contact and 94 hours of independent learning. Contact hours will be delivered as either:
a) a two (2) hour lecture and one (1) hour tutorial each week for 12 weeks; or
b) 36 hours of lectures and tutorials taught intensively.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with CRIM2012, COMP2700, COMP3702, COMP3701.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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