Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces the scientific study of human behaviour as it relates to cyber security, especially the mental states of hackers and defenders. Key theories covered include; motivation; cognition; emotion and personality; that make victims vulnerable, and hackers successful. The subject covers both practical and theoretical aspects of behavioural analysis in cyber security, including an analysis of business models and criminological theories designed to modify behaviour. The subject also introduces students to personality characteristics of victims, hackers and defenders, and with this knowledge, how policies, procedures and guidelines can be developed to support an organization's sustainability goals. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make impact the sustainability of natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems - now and in the future.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNalin Gamagedara Arachchilage

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

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Quota Management StrategyN/A

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Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Cyber Security: Concepts and Cases

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorWatters, P.



PublisherBritish Scientific Publishing


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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Assess personality characteristics of victims, hackers and defenders, to develop policies, procedures and guidelines that support organisations' sustainability goals
02. Evaluate the role of cognition in cybersecurity responses, within current sustainability theoretical frameworks
03. Employ professional skills and practice to establish effective team building, negotiation and high level communication across a range of environments
04. Categorise and evaluate different cybercrime business models to assess the impact of corporate social and ethical responsibilities
05. Apply critical and ethical awareness of human factors to develop effective policies that protect against common cyber threats
06. Evaluate the potential success of proposed regulatory and resource efficiency approaches to behaviour modification using ethical frameworks

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNalin Gamagedara Arachchilage

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Two 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Report on ethical issues in current cyber contexts (equivalent to 500 words)

N/AReportIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Report on socio-cultural and economics in the context of Cyber threats (equivalent to 1000 words)There are two parts to this assignment a written 500 word report and a 10 minute oral presentation.

N/AReportIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5

Group submission on Cyber crime business models (equivalent to 1000 words per student)

N/AOtherGroupNo25 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

One 2-hour final exam (equivalent to 2000 words)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4