COMMGMT 7025 - Information Risks, Threats & Controls (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

The course Information Risks, Threats, & Controls consider a broad perspective of organisational vulnerabilities of the digital age, including Enterprise Risk Assessment. Topics addressed include recognition, analysis, and synthesis of risks, threats, and vulnerabilities, and measures to mitigate them, including policy, control, and implementation. Risk management and assurance are critical to all aspects of all businesses and on a broad level. While this course acknowledges the need to recognise and analyse risks, threats, and vulnerabilities across and within the various disciplinary structures of an organisation, (including fiscal risk, brand and reputation, production, operations, legal, and OH&S) it does so from the perspective of the responsibility for Information and Cyber Security plans to support and ensure the risk management of other departments and disciplines. The focus, throughout, is specifically on Information & Cyber Security and Data Privacy.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMMGMT 7025
    Course Information Risks, Threats & Controls (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible COMMGMT 2507
    Assessment Quiz, projects and reflective journal
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Cate Jerram

    Dr Cate Jerram
    10.34 Nexus 10
    #8313 4757
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1. Effectively communicate the differences between risk, threat, and vulnerabilities, how they inter-relate, and the principle means of recognising them.
    2. Identify and communicate to clients the different types of risks and their nature, across the various core business functions and processes.
    3. Demonstrate different methods of conducting risk analyses and impact assessments.
    4. Detail the core requirements of an Information Risk Assurance process for an SME and for a corporation or large business.
    5. Develop an Information Security Framework for a specified business.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1 - 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1 - 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No required text.
    Students will be researching and resourcing core materials, primarily on the Internet.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    • Info Risks Threats & Controls will be taught in time blocks that will (usually) be comprised of research, workshop, discussion, and work on projects for real clients. 
    • Each session will comprise workshop, research and problem-solving activities, and class discussion, and some sessions will also include presentation, peer review, and coaching.
    • This is a 'stacked' course with undergraduate and postgraduate students mingled in class and in projects. It is expected that as part of their learning and achievement, postgraduate students will mentor the undergraduate students.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies.
    • This means that students are expected to commit approximately 12 hour per week to this course (including class time and the research, collaboration, online, & study time outside of your regular classes).
    • Students are required to attend all class sessions.
    • Students are required to complete class preparation (posted in MyUni) before the start of class.
    • A proportion of this course will be in team-mode. It is recognised that outside commitments can mean that team-work is challenging in terms of compatible scheduling, but much of the team work can be managed online, so full participation in out-of-class team work is expected.
    Learning Activities Summary



    Core Activities





    Clarify course expectations

    Discuss finding clients

    Assessment clarification

    Workshop & produce NDAs


    Overview of Risk

    Concepts and definitions

    Risk categories

    Risk appetite and risk tolerance

    Client interview skills

    Research & Discussion



    Frameworks, Policies, ISO, and Other Systems

    value chain and supply chain models.

    Client interview protocols, schedules & skills


    Research & Discussion



    Risk Assessment (methods & methodologies)

    RAM 1: Risk context


    Client interview skills


    Research & Discussion




    Analysis of client meeting

    Analysis of Client documents

    Revise & Review

    Research & Discussion



    Risk assessment formulae


    RAM 2 – identify risks

    RAM 3 – map risks

    RAM 4 – analyse risks

    RAM 5 – evaluate risks


    Research & Discussion



    RAM 5 – Evaluate Risks

    RAM 6 – Treat & Control Risks

    Client InfoSec Framework Stage 1 DRAFT is due


    Peer & mentor review


    Presentation & Phase 1 Submission

    Class & Mentor feedback




    Mid-Semester Break 1

    After approval received, present Phase 1 InfoSec Framework to Client


    Mid-Semester Break 2

    Client gives feedback re Phase 1


    RAM 7 – Monitor

    RAM 8 – Review

    RAM C&C revisit

    Discuss client feedback and revise Phase 1 accordingly.

    Prepare for Documentation phase


    RAM 9 – Documentation

    Research & Discussion



    RAM 9 – Documentation cont…


    Research & Discussion




    Client InfoSec Framework Stage 2




    Course Coordinators & Mentors mark & approve InfoSec Frameworks for distribution to clients.

    After receiving approval, present final InfoSec Framework & Documentation to client organisation.


    Specific Course Requirements
    Students work with real clients in this course. It is therefore required that each student commits to professional attitudes and behaviour in dealing with clients, incuding meeting with clients, meeting deadlines, punctuality, and other such behaviours. 

    It is also required that students NOT submit content to clients until approved by course coordinator or assigned mentor.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task
    Task Type  
    Word Count / Time
    Time Due
    Learning Outcome
    In-class Quiz Quiz 30
    (10 ea)
    n/a Weeks 4, 8 & 12 1  - 4
    Client InfoSec Framework stage 1 Project 20 tn Week 7 class 1 - 4, 5
    Client InfoSec Framework stage 2 Project 30 tbn Week 12 class 1 - 4, 5

    Reflective Journal
    Analytical & Reflective
    20 13 entries,
    300 – 700 words each
    Week 13: Friday 12 noon. 1 - 5
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail

    In-class Quiz

    Seminars in weeks 4, 8, and 12 will include a quiz on previous weeks’ material. Each quiz is worth 10% of final mark, totalling 30% of final grade.

    Client InfoSec Framework

    Each student will have a small business client for whom they will, over the course of the semester, develop an Information Security Framework. These will be developed in consultation with the course academics and the clients.
    Stage 1
    In week 7, the first stage of the Information Security Framework will be submitted and presented for feedback and grades to the course academics, then (after receiving approval) discussed with the client. Rubric available in MyUni.
    Stage 2
    In week 12, the full DRAFT Information Security Framework will be submitted and presented – in class – to the course academics and peers for feedback, then submitted for marking.
    In week 13, (or shortly after) once the full InfoSec Framework has been approved by course academics, the full FINAL Information Security Framework will be submitted and presented to the client.

    Reflective Journal

    Each week students will be expected to write 300 – 700 words of analysis and reflection on that week’s learning on their assigned webpage in MyUni. This includes week 13 reflection on the work involved in polishing, submitting and presenting the final Information Security Framework for and to their client.
    The full Journal is to be completed by 12 noon on the Friday of Week 13 (unless an extension is granted due to marking delaying final presentation to client).
    Students may be called upon to show their up-to-date journal at any class throughout the 13 weeks. Rubric available in MyUni.

    As clients are involved, it is critical that work is submitted in a timely fashion.
    No student may submit their work to their client until approved by a course academic.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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