Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will introduce students to the legal aspects of cyber security, including laws relating to various offences and related case studies from recent cyber crime incidents. Students will primarily be introduced to Australian law governing these areas, but will also learn about international legal developments in these areas, where applicable.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSara Smyth

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students enrolled in Master of Cyber Security -Computer Science (SMCYC, SMCYCO) Master of Cyber Security - Law (SMCYL, SMCYLO) Master of Cyber Security - Business Operations (SMCYB, SMCYBO) Juris Doctor (LMJD) Master of Laws (LML OR LMLAW) Master of Law and Entrepreneurship (LMLE)ORBy Course Coordinator approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThis subject is not available to students enrolled in UG or PG Law programs

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/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

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain and critically analyse the origins and structural design of the Internet insofar as it relates to cybercrime
02. Differentiate and characterise types of cybercrime being perpetrated today.
03. Critically evaluate the legal and regulatory structure for dealing with cybercrime in Australia
04. Interpret the legal, law enforcement and regulatory challenges around dealing with cybercrime.
05. Develop and participate in critical discussions on current cybercrime issues and threats.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSara Smyth

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Quizzes (2000 word equivalent) Submitted online through LMSN/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO2
Essay/Report (2000 word equivalent) Submitted online through LMSN/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Class participation - part 1 - Discussion/posts (individual activity 1500 words) Submitted online through LMSN/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5
Part 2 - Contributing or extending via interpretation, critique, feedback (group activity 500 words) Submitted online through LMSN/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO4, SILO5