Computing & Security
Recognised as a leader in cyber security research, our Computing & Security courses offer an extensive range of majors and units across a variety of fascinating subjects.
Flexible courses and world‑class technology, combined with our Work Integrated Learning program, which is supported by close industry links, provide ECU students with endless possibilities within Australia, as well as internationally.
ECU student uses XBOX Kinect to assist the sick and elderly
With 13 per cent of Australia's population to be aged over 70 by 2021, the need for an easily managed, low-cost home monitoring system was identified. ECU Computer Science Honours student Laurence da Luz has developed software that utilises the infrared camera and movement sensor within Xbox Kinect to track an individual's movements in their home and 'learn' their daily routine. If an individual's activity is considered to be out of the ordinary (if they miss a meal for example), the system can notify a family member via SMS or email. This innovative project was shortlisted as a finalist in the 2013 WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards.
App developed to assist patients battling Parkinson's disease
From a young age, ECU student Jose Alvarado was motivated to make a difference to the lives of those battling Parkinson's disease. Noticing a lack of continuity of care between different doctors treating his grandmother, Jose knew there was a problem, but it wasn’t until he started studying at ECU that he realised he had an opportunity to solve it. That solution is Parkinson iTest, an app that allows Parkinson's sufferers to use their tablet to perform tests on muscle rigidity and tremors, the results of which can be sent straight to the patients’ doctors. Jose's app was named a finalist in the 2013 WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards.
Free netbook for ECU computing and security students
We are committed to ensuring all Computing and Security students have access to the latest technologies so they can reach their potential within their chosen course.
That is why, if you enrol as a full-time student, you are eligible to receive a free Netbook computer to use in your first year of study. And, if you continue with your degree, it will be yours to keep for free.
It's great preparation for defending systems against hackers.
"It was a personal interest in computers, as well as the current demand for Network Security experts that convinced me to enrol. There are so many opportunities out there, especially for people with the latest expertise."
"The lecturers have a 'Complete Approach' to learning, so we cover every aspect of networks and network security, from the perspective of both the hacker, and the security professional."
"I've already been introduced to many techniques used by the modern attacker, which is great preparation for defending systems against them."
ECU Network Security student
Mobile phone foetal heart monitor developed by ECU researchers
A successful trial at a Perth hospital has provided hope for on-the-go, mobile heart monitoring for pregnant women living in regional areas of Australia.
Developed by ECU Computing and Security researchers, the system allows doctors to monitor the heart rate of unborn babies through the use of an inexpensive portable monitor that connects to the microphone jack of the expectant mother's mobile phone. The heartbeat is displayed on the phone and the information is then automatically sent to a midwife or doctor via email for evaluation.
Smartphone application protecting lives
A team of Computing & Security students have developed a new app which transforms a smartphone into an emergency beacon at the push of a button.
Developed in conjunction with the WA Police Air Wing, it utilises the GPS found in most smartphones and transmits a person's exact location to search and rescue services, potentially making it easier to find lost bushwalkers or those at sea.
Their impressive work saw them take home the Tertiary Student Project Award at the 2012 WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (WAiTTA) as well as winning the Tertiary Student Category at the 2012 iAwards, the premier technology awards for the ICT industry in Australia.
Students head to china for study experience
In 2012, seven of our computing students were among the first to study at one of ECU's partner institutions in China, Nanchang University.
The inaugural two-week program gave the students an opportunity to attend lectures on Chinese culture, meet industry leaders and explorevarious tourist hotspots, including the Great Wall of China.
"My ECU IT qualification will allow me to take my career further.
"I had a choice, either continue along my career path at the same speed, or give myself a boost with a relevant qualification. I'm grateful I chose the second path, because here I am at ECU, living and learning in a vibrant, diverse and supportive environment! Staff are always available to talk to, and are incredibly encouraging. When my doctorate is complete, I plan to return to Thailand and pass on my new-found knowledge and enthusiasm, in my role as an academic."
Doctor of Information Technology student
Our computer and security science labs have the latest equipment and facilities for the conduct of traditional computer science and IT degrees.
Several specialist labs can also be found for networking, games programming and simulation, computer security and digital forensics.
A Head Start through Work Integrated Learning
The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program provides high achieving students in most courses with work placement opportunities within local industry.
ECU partners up students who have excelled in their studies, with State and Local Governments, major financial institutions and local industries, to ensure they are entering the workforce as smoothly as possible and with a solid foundation from which they can launch their career.