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CRIM11-115: Cybercrime January 2021 [Standard]

General information

This subject will examine the role of technology in crime.  It will investigate the motivations, methodology and victims of cybercrime. The subject will study past and current cyber threats, and examine these new type of offences. The subject will look at the expansion of victimisation and evaluate the effectiveness of institutional and investigative responses to cyber threats.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:CRIM11-115
Subject title:Cybercrime
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

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  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - No Description
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - No Description
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - No Description
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance and participation for this subject is required. Student will be expected to engage in group activities during lectures and tutorials and contribute to class discussions.


Prescribed resources:
  • Thomas J Holt (2017). Cybercrime and Digital Forensics: An Introduction 2nd Edition. 2nd, Routledge , 754.
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of technology in criminal behaviour, and cybercrime as contemporary and evolving crime categories.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the significant harms (financial, emotional and societal) that result from cybercrime.
  3. Demonstrate a understanding of past, current cyber threats and future trends in cybercrime.
  4. Apply criminological theories to understand why and how cybercrime occurs.
  5. Develop basic strategies for the prevention, disruption and detection of and cybercrime.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the role, responsibilities and investigative capacities of governments, law enforcement, regulatory agencies and corporate and private sectors groups in combating cybercrime.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Oral Presentation 25 minute oral presentation on a criminological argument that relates to the course material. 40% Weekly 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Class Participation Ongoing particiaption and activity in class, group work and on the relevant Twitter feed for the course. 20% Weekly 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Computer-Aided Examination (Open) Ilearn end of semester exam to be taken remotely online. 40% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

Twitter will be used for student interaction throughout the course.

Subject curriculum

Introduces students to technology as a landscape for crime. Looks at the typology of cybercrime. Apply criminological theories to understand why and how cybercrime occurs

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Defines computer hacking, examines hacking subculture and the history of hacking.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Defines what is intellectual property? The evolution of online piracy and examines the subculture of piracy.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Examines the expanding role that technology plays in the facilitation of sex related crimes.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Covers online threats, bullying and harassment. Examines predictors of cyberbullying.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Analyses the role that technology plays in state-based cybercrimes and terrorism.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Looks at the role of digital evidence and how digital forensic evidence is examined.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Examines how criminal investigations are meeting the challenges of cybercrime.

Examines the role and responses of the international community to cybercrime. Examines the role, responsibilities and investigative capacities of governments, law enforcement, regulatory agencies and corporate and private sectors groups in combating cybercrime.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Examines how cybercrime has created new victims categories and what help is available for the victims of cybercrime

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Examines the response of Australian authorities to cybercrime.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Provides a summary of the new challenges facing society from cybercrime and future developments.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Approved on: Nov 5, 2020. Edition: 1.1