Course Title: Structures of Cyberspace

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Structures of Cyberspace

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


JulDec2020 (All)


City Campus


171H School of Science


JanJun2021 (All)

Course Coordinator: Joanne Hall

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2511

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 15.3.9

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Cyberspace includes the hardware, software, algorithms and protocols of digital communication as well as the people who want to communicate.  The connections between all these parts of a communication system form interesting structures and patterns.


Most of the problems in cyberspace, and most of the solutions are very abstract in nature.  Thinking abstractly about cyberspace is one of the key foundational skills of a cyber security professional. 


You will learn some of the mathematical tools and language to enable you to describe and interpret structures of cyberspace.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course builds towards the Program Learning outcomes of  GC036O Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security:


PLO 1 International Orientation and Strategic Thinking.

PLO 2 Critical Analysis and Problem Solving

PLO 3 Communication

PLO 5 Self-Management, Teamwork and Leadership

  1. Apply abstract thinking to cyberspace scenarios.
  2. Navigate through the language and other dimensions of the field of cyber security in order to expand your knowledge, skills and their application.
  3. Communicate abstract ideas using text, symbols and diagrams.
  4. Perform simple calculations.
  5. Work within a small team.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts will be explained, illustrated and discussed in lectures.   Lecture content will be supplemented by suggested material in written, video or audio format.

Tutorials will provide you with problems to develop your understanding of the concepts.  Working through the tutorial problems will support your skills in problem solving, abstract thinking and critical analysis.

A variety of extra problems will be suggested for study which may include online quizzes, textbook exercises, and simulated scenarios.

56 hours of teacher directed study.  56 hours of self-directed study. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Course material will be provided via Canvas.

These resources will include lecture notes, tutorial problems, as well as links to suggested notes, videos, and quizzes.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements


Task 1. Problem Solving Task

Weighting 30%

You will be given a set of written problems to solve individually.

The assessment task supports CLOS 1,2,3, and 4.



Task 2.  Report

Weighting 30%

In teams of two or three you will investigate an abstract structure that appears in cyberspace and write a report.

The assessment task supports CLOS 1, 2,3,4, and 5.



Task 3. Skills Exam

Weighting 40%

You will be given a set of written problems to solve individually in a 2 hour time frame. 

The assessment task supports CLOS 1,3,and 4.