COMMGMT 7029A - Cyber Security Research Project (Management) Part A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

This is an advanced research project, for students in the management stream of the Master of Cyber Security program, conducted individually under the guidance of an academic supervisor. It gives students the chance to investigate and contribute to an area at the cutting edge of cyber security. As part of the project students will present their work to an audience and write a major report detailing their results. Project topics vary from year to year depending on staff availability and research focus.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMMGMT 7029A
    Course Cyber Security Research Project (Management) Part A
    Coordinating Unit Management
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge COMPSCI 7308
    Restrictions Available only to students in the Master of Cyber Security Management
    Assessment Milestone presentations and reports
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Cate Jerram

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how the human & organisational aspects of Cyber Security - particularly governance, management, policy and ethical implications - must work together with the technical aspects, in industry contexts.       
    2. Use the principles of Cyber Security within real-world contexts, in an area of specialisation in human and organisational aspects of Cyber Security.       
    3. Research and critically evaluate data, materials and technology in the context of the governance, management, policy and ethics of Cyber Security.       
    4. Adopt professional attitudes, standards, values and best practice from research and industry.       
    5. Use strong interpersonal skills to enable effective communication with a range of audiences.
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    COMMGMT 7029A - Cyber Security Research Project (Management) Part A and COMMGMT 7029B - Cyber Security Research Project (Management) Part B are the first and second components of a single capstone project that spans two semesters (approximately 8-9 months).

    It is required that, for the Cyber Security Research Project (Management), the student have

    • a cybersecurity research topic/project that
      • is relevant as a cybersecurity capstone
      • is adequately challenging to be a capstone project at Masters level
      • able to be conducted and concluded within the span of the two courses
    • an academic supervisor who is knowledgeable in / familiar with the research topic and necessary research method.
    If a student has a topic they wish to research, but the school is unable to find an available supervisor with the necessary knowledge in that topic, the student will be provided with an academic supervisor who will work with the student to determine a research topic and project that is mutually acceptable.

    It is recommended that the student compiles
    1. a broad list of cybersecurity topics of interest that they would like to research
    2. shortlist of focused and specific research topics of interest, and methods they would like to use to research them.
    Examples Broad List 1: human & organisational aspects of cybersecurity and
    • [A]  smart cities
    • [B]  policy development
    • [C]  ethics
    Examples Shortlist 2: human & organisational aspects of cybersecurity and
    • [A] smart cities
      • cyber resilience in smart cities traffic control
      • cyber hygiene for smart cities high-density populations
    • [B] policy development
      • maintaining currency in cybersecurity policies in government
      • policy development for under-resourced small business 
    • [C] ethics
      • ethics and penetration testing
      • ethical analysis of the social engineering practice of [...]
    When the student applies for a supervisor, these two lists will speed the process of finding a topic and supervisor match.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    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

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    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

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

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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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