Course Title: Cybersecurity Applications Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cybersecurity Applications Project

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Jason Downs

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5113

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Implementing cybersecurity strategy is vital wherever devices are used in business- i.e. everywhere.  Organisations need to evaluate and manage their vulnerabilities, attend to patching and updating in a consistent manner, educate employees on security measures and have a plan for responding to incidents. In this course, you will investigate and apply these processes to a particular business’ context and develop recommendations regarding the organisation’s current and potential future approaches to cybersecurity.

This course is a WIL project, incorporating the investigation of real problems that address the needs of industry or community. Industry partners are engaged in the project and provide feedback to students.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Identify factors leading to cyber vulnerability within an organisation.
  2. Evaluate the strength of cybersecurity procedures already in place in a business, and suggest improvements.
  3. Demonstrate analytical skills and creative thinking for problem solving within the given project context.
  4. Develop relevant strategies and a project action plan to implement solutions that are responsive to identified cybersecurity risks and hardening opportunities.
  5. Demonstrate collaborative project skills and deliver a persuasive presentation to articulate project findings.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered as a blend of face-to-face activities (such as: workshops, lectures and group or industry-based tasks) and online learning. Learning will be focused around the completion of a 12-week project, which will be supported through in-class and online activities. This may include: project development activities; guest speakers/expert commentators; prescribed readings; researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; producing artefacts; proposing solutions; seeking and providing peer feedback; and reflective praxis.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. Class activities, recordings, notes and outcomes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows.

Assessment Task 1: 15%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: 35% (WIL)
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 3: 50% (WIL)
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on progress, milestones and approaches, and by individual consultation.