Course Title: Case Studies in Cyber Security

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Case Studies in Cyber Security

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


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Joanne Hall

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2511

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course a wide variety of contemporary industry experts will discuss their experiences in the field of Cybersecurity. Topics may include technical, managerial, social and legal aspects. Career development and building capability around information literacy are also addressed.   
This course should enable you to: 

  • Apply the knowledge and skills obtained to study further concepts in cybersecurity;
  • Communicate and interpret ideas related to the principles of cybersecurity in a variety of contexts to a variety of audiences.
  • Work in small teams, manage a project to achieve team goal.  

This course provides you with the opportunity to choose topics of particular interest for more in-depth examination, thereby complementing the broad coverage of cybersecurity security topics in the course INTE1120 Introduction to Information Security. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will provide you with a link between the theoretical knowledge presented in INTE1120 Introduction to Information Security and case studies from industry. 

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

1. Define and discuss the cybersecurity related concepts of risks and the challenges encountered in modern information security applications.  
2. Identify professional careers or postgraduate research opportunities that exist in the field of cybersecurity. 
3. Apply aspects of project management and team dynamics theory relevant to the interdisciplinary and people-centred nature of cyberecurity.  
4.  Communicate both technical and non-technical material in a range of forms (written, oral, electronic, graphic) to a variety of audiences and recognise the difference between commenting on and copying information.  
5. Explore the idea that in cybersecurity, solutions are not always known and  proposed solutions often give rise to new, equally complex problems. 
6. Navigate through the language and other dimensions of the field of information security in order to expand your knowledge, skills and their application.  

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

• 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.

Overview of Learning Activities

Weekly workshops will build upon your skills in written communication, oral communication, project management, teamwork, and career planning. 

Cybersecurity topics will be explored through a mixture of discussion with industry guests, and in-class discussion of published resources. 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to expand on the subject matter provided. This will take the form of accessing various external and internal resources, such as the library resources, news sources and government publications. 

Your classmates, your lecturer and industry guests are also important learning resources as will be demonstrated in the facilitated discussions. 

Canvas: This course is supported online using Canvas, which gives access to important announcements, a discussion forum, staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines. You are advised to read your student e-mail daily for important announcements. You should also visit the course Canvas site at least once a day where you will find important announcements regarding the course and all key documents.  

Overview of Assessment

Note: This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment Tasks:  

Assessment Item 1: Mock Job Application  
Weighting 10% 
This assessment task supports CLOs  2 & 4 


Assessment Item 2: Briefing Notes  
Weighting 30%   
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 4, 5, & 6 


Assessment Item 3: Discussion paper  

This assessment is conducted in a small team. 
Weighting 40%   
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5, & 6 


Assessment Item 4: Presentation and Peer Review 
Weighting 20%   
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4