Course Title: Digital Risk Management and Information Security

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Digital Risk Management and Information Security

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2019


RMIT Online


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Ian Storey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5954

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.09.035

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course presents you with a management overview of the field of Information Security and Assurance. You will be exposed to the spectrum of security and risk management activities, methods, methodologies, and procedures. Coverage will include inspection and protection of information assets, detection of and reaction to threats to information assets, and examination of pre and post-incident procedures, technical and managerial responses and an overview of the Information Security Planning and staffing functions.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:               

  1. Evaluate and assess the information security state of an organisation from a holistic perspective.
  2. Identify risks and select appropriate short and long term countermeasures.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of diversity and cultural issues and be able to apply this in successfully managing people in security organisations.
  4. Recognize the relationship between business information needs and security concerns
  5. Appraise the general nature and range of security technologies
  6. Appraise issues related to the development of an Information Security Program
  7. Research information security problems systematically, individually and in culturally diverse teams and to communicate the findings orally and as a business report/academic paper.

Overview of Learning Activities

In order to develop the stated course capabilities, you are expected to actively participate in the following learning activities:       

- Regular attendance and active participation in scheduled lectures and workshops.
- Reading of course notes and other assigned reading materials.
- Satisfactory completion of assessment tasks.

While a minimum attendance standard is not compulsory in this course, satisfactory completion of the program is required. Most students will find that regular class attendance is needed to achieve the necessary standard to pass this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.

You are expected to regularly visit myRMIT at myRMIT provides access to important announcements, staff contact details, teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. It is recommended that you purchase the prescribed text book.

You are also advised to contact RMIT Student Services for assistance with learning and information on a range of services available to support your academic success.

RMIT university will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course is on the basis of the satisfactory completion of a set of assignments, class test and final examination.

Should the Course Co-ordinator deem that variation to the assessment tasks is needed, this will be discussed with the class and will only proceed with the documented consent of 70 percent of the class.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT university assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment Policies and Procedures manual. An 1.2.4 Assessment Charter section of this document summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.