Course Title: Industry Awareness Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industry Awareness Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Geetika Verma & Amy Corman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5963 & NA

Course Coordinator Email: &

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced prerequisites:

You must have completed INTE1120 AND INTE1122 to enrol in this course

Course Description

INTE1130 Industry Awareness Project is the initial component of a 24-credit point capstone sequence. The subsequent component is INTE1131Industry Linkage Project.  
Both capstone courses build on the capabilities acquired during your previous and concurrent studies within MC159 Master of Cybersecurity.  
Cybersecurity professionals are routinely required to access, investigate, synthesise and critically assess the quality and relevance of information, generate solutions to problems and devise a variety of implementation strategies. 
In INTE1130 Industry Awareness Project you will conduct a substantial literature based project on a contemporary industry cybersecurity challenge  that demonstrates elements of research and inquiry. Following on from INTE1130 is INTE1131 Industry Linkage Project which provides the opportunity to implement the ideas that were researched in INTE1130 and engage with an industry partner. 
In INTE1130 Industry Awareness Project you will put into practice ideas you have been nurturing regarding pursuit of a professional career or postgraduate research in a particular sphere of information security or other IT related field. You will investigate the requisite information to develop real world solutions to real world cybersecurity problems in that area. You will be expected to work in teams to complete a literature survey; identify the project you propose to undertake; and relate it to a contemporary industry scenario. This will involve advanced internet/data base searching, critical evaluation of academic literature, business reports, government publications and news sources.  
This course includes a Work Integrated Learning component in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. The WIL component requires you to contact potential industry partners and request feedback on your proposed research topic. This component must be documented. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC159 Master of Cyber Security:

International Orientation and Strategic Thinking

• Graduates will have a strategic and practical overview of the issues in information security and assurance.

Critical Analysis and Problem Solving

In this area graduates will possess the ability to
• Evaluate information security risks across diverse service settings including the Internet and WWW based commerce systems, high bandwidth digital communications and funds transfer services,
• Undertake professional careers or postgraduate research in information security or other IT related fields, acquiring the required information needed to identify real world solutions to real world information security problems.


• Graduates will have the ability to communicate both technical and non-technical material in a range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) and to tailor the style and means of communication to different audiences.

Ethical Values

• Graduates will exhibit an ability to appreciate the ethical considerations that inform judgments and decision making in academic and professional settings.

Self-Management, Teamwork and Leadership

• Graduates will possess the ability to work effectively within and potentially as a leader of an interdisciplinary team.

On completion of the course, you should be able to: 

  1. Efficiently access library facilities and electronic information systems in order to find literature relevant to a contemporary challenge;
  2. Critically assess published work, use a range of sources to identify the issues, and recognise that different sources will present different perspectives;
  3. Use information for decision making and problem solving;
  4. Present, in a professional manner, written and oral reports on the topic under consideration which discriminate between commenting on and copying of information;
  5. Apply your investigative and reporting skills to the implementation of evidence-based solutions to real world situations; 
  6. Apply aspects of project management practices and team dynamics to support a team to complete a project.  

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be required to form a small team, and will be allocated a mentor.    You should  attend regular meetings with your team and project mentor to identify a project and decide the necessary focus before you start practical work on the project. Teams  are  required to use project management practices to plan tasks and record progress. 
Canvas will be used for communication and assessment submissions throughout. 

Teams are expected to initiate meetings with their mentor at mutually agreed intervals.  

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to access subject material from a variety of external sources, including academic sources, news sources, company blogs and government publications.  

Your mentor may support you in finding suitable sources for your project 
All sources must be cited in your final report, so start building your bibliography early 

Overview of Assessment

Note: This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1:  Project proposal, progress reports and drafts 
Weighting 25% 
This assessment task supports CLO  1 

Assessment Task 2: Formal written final report 
Weighting 50% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 

Assessment Task 3: Peer review 
Weighting 5% 
This assessment task supports CLO 6 

Assessment Task 4: Presentation of findings to peers 
Weighting 20%   
This assessment supports CLOs 4, 5 

Assessment in this course may also contribute towards assessment in INTE1131