Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Duration
0.5 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$11200 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2024
Applications open April 2024

Overview

Cyber security plays a vital role in our networked global infrastructure. This course covers the theoretical foundations and concepts needed to understand the security issues faced by network environments and the importance of data stewardship.

The industry and research-based projects offered by this Microsoft-certified (Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals) program give you a global perspective and make you work-ready. All our units are embedded with the United Nations sustainable goals. This program is co-designed with CISCO Networking Academy and offers free access to CISCO NetAcad resources. You can use this graduate certificate as a pathway to further expand your knowledge by completing a Master of Information Technology. Units from this course can also count towards a cyber security specialisation in the MBA.

We also offer the course fully online so you can study anywhere, anytime to suit your schedule. ACU Online

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Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers as:

  • security software developer
  • security consultant
  • information security analyst
  • IT security consultant
  • security systems administrator
  • network engineer
  • cyber security manager

Industry partnerships

This program is co-designed with CISCO Networking Academy.

Microsoft certifications are embedded into this program.

Microsoft Certification helps you:

  • Get recognised. Build confidence and be recognised as a leader, unlock new opportunities, and share your credentials with your professional network.
  • Get ahead. Stay ahead of the curve, increase your productivity, and take your career to the next level.
  • Get hired. Certified technical skills help you prepare for job opportunities by proving to employers you have the skills they want.


Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Commencing Semester 1

  • ITEC614Cyber Security Concepts

    (Inc: ITEC640)

    10 cp
  • ITEC615Information Technology Essentials

    (Inc: ISYS615)

    10 cp
  • ITEC611Computer Networks10 cp
  • ITEC624Network Security and Applications10 cp

Incompatibles (Inc:) are units similar to this unit. If you have previously passed an Incompatible unit, you are not able to enrol in this unit.

Graduate statement

Insight

As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.

Empathy

As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures

Imagination

As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.

Impact

As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Graduate Certificate - AQF Level 8

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  1. Equivalent of an Australian Bachelor’s degree in any discipline; or
  2. At least two years’ industry experience in a relevant role.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Further study

The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security articulates into the Master of Information Technology.

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$11200 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per year.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.

Staff Profile

Dr Walayat Hussain

Head of Discipline of Information Technology, Peter Faber Business School.

Dr Walayat Hussain is currently the Head of the Discipline of Information Technology at Peter Faber Business School. He has an academic and industry experience of more than 17 years. Before joining the ACU, he was a Lecturer at Victoria University Melbourne, lecturer and a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney for seven years. He worked as an Assistant Professor and postgraduate program coordinator at the department of Computer Science at BUITEMS University for many years. He holds a PhD, Master, Postgraduate Diploma, and Bachelor's (Hons.) degrees in Computing and Information Systems from the UTS, AIT, BUITEMS, and Hamdard University.

Walayat has developed and revitalised multiple postgraduate and undergraduate subjects of Information Systems and has taught more than 30 subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has supervised several research students as the principal and co-supervisor to completion. Walayat's research areas are Service Computing, Business Intelligence, AI, Information Systems, Computational Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Decision Support Systems. He has contributed to theory and application and developed a new approach for making an optimal informed decision in complex systems. He has published more than 74 high-quality research documents.

Dr Kamanashis Biswas

Lecturer, Peter Faber Business School

Dr Kamanashis Biswas is a Lecturer in Information Technology at Peter Faber Business School. He is also an adjunct lecturer at School of ICT, Griffith University. Before starting his role at ACU, he worked as an Associate Lecturer at Griffith University for one and half years. He also worked as a faculty at Daffodil International University, Bangladesh for about four and half years. His research interests include blockchain technology, design and development of lightweight security protocols, energy efficient and secure routing, intrusion detection systems, security issues in MANETs and WSNs. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed papers in various journals and conferences including IEEE, ACM, Springer and Elsevier. 

 

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