Course Title: Structures of Cyberspace

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Structures of Cyberspace

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: https://www.rmit.edu.au/covid/coming-to-campus. 

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

INTE2573

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Internet

JulDec2020 (All)

INTE2573

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Internet

JanJun2021 (All)

INTE2573

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Internet

JulDec2021 (All)

INTE2573

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Internet

JanJun2022 (All)

INTE2573

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Internet

JulDec2022 (All)

Course Coordinator: Amy Corman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0464

Course Coordinator Email: amy.corman@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 15.4.17

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


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 that enable you to describe and interpret structures of cyberspace. You will learn to perform calculations using pen and paper, a software calculator, and a spreadsheet.


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 synchronous online lectorials. Lectorial 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.

You will have access to online calculators and spreadsheets for use in learning activities and assessments.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements
 
Assessment 1: Problem Solving Task
Weighting 30%
The assessment task supports CLOS 1, 2, 3 and 4.
 
Assessment 2: Team Report
Weighting 30%
The assessment task supports CLOS 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
 
Assessment 3: Final Assignment
Weighting 40%
The assessment task supports CLOS 1, 3 and 4.