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Bachelor of Science (Cyber Security)

Course code Y89

Focuses on the practical and theoretical dimensions of cyber security across a range of fundamental areas, such as network security and vulnerability assessment, information security policy and governance, digital forensics, and ethical hacking.

Students will gain a solid grounding in conventional computer and network security concepts and skills. In addition, the course is designed to meet the changing landscape of secure computing, which involves not only computers, but also network enabled devices such as smartphones, tablet devices, and Internet of Things (IoT).

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Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y89

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $7,450

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y89

CRICOS code

077146A

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $34,050

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

Choose student type

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCI1125Professional Science Essentials15
CSP1150Programming Principles15
MAT1252Mathematics for Computing15
CSI1241Systems Analysis15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSG1105Applied Communications15
CSI1101Computer Security15
ENS1161Computer Fundamentals15
CSG1207Systems and Database Design15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSI2108Cryptographic Concepts15
CSI2450IoT and OT Security15
CSP2101Scripting Languages15
CSG3309IT Security Management15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSI3207Network Security Fundamentals15
CSG2344Project Methods and Professionalism15
CSI2107Software Reverse Engineering15
CSG2305Computer Forensics15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSI3208Ethical Hacking and Defence15
MAT3170Data Analysis and Visualisation15
CSI3350Enterprise Security and Governance15
CSI3351Cyber Security Incident Detection and Response15

Year 3 - Semester 2

STRUCTURE 1 - for students who are NOT undertaking a Work Integrated Learning placement
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSG3101 ^Applied Project30
Elective Unitx 230
STRUCTURE 2 - for students who ARE undertaking a Work Integrated Learning placement
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSI3345 ^Work Experience Project60

^ Core Option

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students have the opportunity to seek a Work Integrated Learning placement with an industry partner, equivalent to one semester of full-time study.

    Attendance requirements

    Students are required to complete a placement which is equivalent to one semester of full-time study. Whilst attendance is negotiated with the WIL host organisation, typically students will be expected to attend 5 days a week for 12 - 13 weeks.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Students, the WIL host organisation and the school's WIL Coordinator must complete a WIL documentation pack (which includes all required OSH and Risk Assessment documents) before the placement can commence.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply communication skills to demonstrate independence in design and analysis of cyber security solutions and presenting documented results.
  2. Apply comprehensive knowledge of concepts, principles and techniques in the cyber security discipline to both theoretical as well as practical situations.
  3. Apply creative thinking to identify and solve cyber security challenges.
  4. Demonstrate creativity and initiative to generate ideas for planning and implementing independent projects in the cyber security discipline.
  5. Exercise critical thinking and judgement to investigate and solve problems relating to cyber security issues in digital systems and networks.
  6. Incorporate an awareness of cross-cultural issues and demonstrate cultural and indigenous competence in professional practice in the cyber security area.
  7. Use digital technologies and cyber security software tools for assessing and evaluating cyber security information.
  8. Work collaboratively in the application of knowledge and skills to identify issues and make decisions relevant to cyber security.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Computer Society (ACS)

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $7,450 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $34,050 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

This course prepares students for careers in the field of cyber security, including areas such as network security, digital forensics, vulnerability assessment, security risk assessment, penetration testing, threat hunting, and incident response.

Possible future job titles

Cyber Security Analyst, Cyber Security Officer, Technical IT Security Officer, Network Security Engineer, Digital Forensic Practitioner (Acquisition and Analysis), Information Security Auditor, Information Security Analyst, Security Consultant, Software Auditor, Systems Administrator (Security), Information Security Officer, Penetration Tester

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Student stories

Calan Williams

Calan Williams

ECU Bachelor of Computer Science (Cyber Security)

"The experience studying online at ECU has been incredible"

The content of the units and the way it’s presented is incredibly professional and I’ve really enjoyed the course so far. I look forward to giving it my all while also working on my racing career.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

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    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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