Courses & Units

Information Security ZAT121


This unit introduces you to the concept of information security and the legal and ethical considerations that organisations and individuals must address to implement sound information security. The unit focusses on industry best practice within the context of securing, storing, and sharing information and will explore the complex nature of information security, contextualising it within the threats that exist within our local and global environments. This unit offers students the foundational knowledge required to function as an information security practitioner across a range of industries and levels, including government and the public sector. This unit also introduces learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, so you have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry, community and/or global needs. You will be introduced to: 1. a range of methods, tools, techniques, and approaches to practice 2. principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy, and leadership in real world scenarios 3. reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations 4. ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.


Unit name Information Security
Unit code ZAT121
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
University College
Discipline Applied Design, Science and Technology
Coordinator Miss Mikaela Green
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and describe the legal and ethical components of information security
  • Describe the roles of people, technology, and policy within cyber security
  • Apply policies, standards, and procedures for information security

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
029901 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

This unit is delivered fully online and comprised of weekly learning modules supported by 2-hour weekly tutorials and one five-hour workshop.

AssessmentAT1 Ethical and Legal Review (30%)|AT2 Social Engineering Persona (30%)|AT3 Request for Tender (40%)
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