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Bachelor of Science (Cybercrime, Security and Intelligence)

Course code W87New in 2022

This course is a dual degree program in partnership with Edith Cowan University and the University of Portsmouth (United Kingdom).

The course prepares graduates to work across the broad security and crime prevention employment domains at the national and international levels. Students will be introduced to the concepts of security risk management, security technology in the protection of assets, counterterrorism, crime prevention and cyber crime. The degree draws on cross disciplinary knowledge and skills from both universities to develop graduates for careers across the broad employment domain of security, crime prevention, law enforcement and community safety (community security).

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W87

Fees

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Duration

3.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

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

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

W87

CRICOS code

105883J

Fees

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3.5 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

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

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

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

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students will undertake the first two years at Edith Cowan University, Year 3 at the University of Portsmouth and the final semester in Year 4 at Edith Cowan University.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCY1118Security Foundations15
SCY1117Intelligence Foundations15
SCY1130Terrorism and International Security15
SCY2212Security Risk15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCY1103Physical Security15
SCY2107Threat Detection Systems15
SCY1108Building Management Systems15
CSI2102Information Security15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCY3508Radicalism and Political Extremism15
SCY2108Security Control Systems15
SCY2109Surveillance Systems15
SCY3107Intelligence Analysis15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCY2120Applied Intelligence15
LAW2605Security and the Law15
SCY3506Counter Intelligence15
SCY2112Counterterrorism15

Year 3

Year 3 of this course is studied at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. Students will complete 120 credit points (6 units x 20cp each) from the units listed below. For details of the units, please consult the University of Portsmouth handbook which can be found online at https://www.port.ac.uk/

U21164 Internet Risk and Security OR U30387 Information Security Management

U30383 Online Activism, Cyberterrorism and Cyberwarfare OR U21005 Global State and Corporate Security

U24205 Gender and Crime

U25545 Cyberlaw, Governance and Human Rights

U30386 Cyber Security: Theory and Practice

U25560 Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection

Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Students not completing Work Integrated Learning enrol in the following units:
CSI3350 ^Enterprise Security and Governance15
MAT3170 ^Data Analysis and Visualisation15
CSG3101 ^Applied Project30

OR

Student completing Work Integrated Learning enrol in the following unit:

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

  • The first two years are delivered by Edith Cowan University on the Joondalup Campus. The third year is delivered by the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom on campus, and the fourth year is delivered by Edith Cowan University.

  • Students have the opportunity to seek a work integrated placement with an industry partner in the last semester of the dual degree.

    Attendance requirements

    Students will be required to attend 5 days a week for 12-13 weeks.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Students, hosts and the relevant WIL coordinator will complete risk management documentation before students commence placement.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Assimilate a broad discipline of knowledge from many sources to various cybercrime, intelligence and protective security situations to overcome insecurity in society.
  2. Use structured thinking processes in crime prevention and security and intelligence contexts to analyse, conceptualise and solve complex societal problems.
  3. Think creatively to identify the needs of diverse stakeholders to generate innovative solutions to professional problems.
  4. Use digital technologies to access, evaluate and communicate complex cybercrime threats, counterterrorism and security information from multiple and diverse sources.
  5. Construct purposeful communication in a variety of formats to achieve discipline outcomes in a professional context.
  6. Review reliable sources and resources to investigate how different cultural attitudes and values impact the fields of counterterrorism, cybercrime, security and intelligence.
  7. Work collaboratively to recognise the way in which beliefs and values of others influence the pursuit of societal wellbeing.
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement towards own learning and professional practice in supporting societal wellbeing.

Need some help deciding what to study?

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Fees and Scholarships

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Scholarships

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

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Career Opportunities

Graduates can access careers in national security, corporate security, defence, intelligence, government, policing and law enforcement, homeland security, justice, criminology, critical infrastructure protection, threat and risk assessment, security consultancy, corporate intelligence, counter terrorism, and security analysis.

Possible future job titles

Security Analyst, Security Manager, Intelligence Analyst, Counter Terrorism Consultant, Security Consultant, Security and Risk Manager, Intelligence Officer, Strategic Risk Analyst, Security Profiler, Intelligence Profiler

Become World Ready

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.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • 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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