ATS2456 - Cybercrime - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Lennon Chang

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The unit provides a theoretical and empirical introduction to cybercrime. It begins by exploring how new technologies such as the internet facilitated old crimes and created new types of crime. This unit uses criminological and regulatory theories to explain how new crimes are created and old crimes are facilitated by new technologies. It also considers how cybercrime challenges existing laws and criminal procedures, and discusses issues related to the governance and prevention of crime in cyberspace. Topics include: the history of the internet; forms of cybercrime such as hacking, online fraud, identity theft, child pornography and cyber-bullying; Internet laws and regulations; policing and governance of cybercrime; and prevention measures.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the nature and types of cybercrime
  2. Utilise criminological theories to explain cybercrime
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of existing counter-measures against cybercrime
  4. Use innovative ways to analyse different types of cybercrime and to develop possible preventative measures.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.