Cyber Law Policy and Professional Ethics

Unit code: NIT2241 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney


Cyber Law Policy and Professional Ethics is a unit that examines cybersecurity from legal, ethical, political and technological perspectives. It covers public and private sector activities, government regulation, international law and politics. It will allow students to evaluate legal challenges in the cyber and digital worlds. It will enable students to develop knowledge and skills in relation to the legal rules, policies and cyber law in Australia and globally. In recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of cybersecurity problems, the unit will include guest lecturers from IT, legal industries and related areas.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically reflect on theoretical knowledge about the nature of the internet and cyberspace;
  2. Evaluate legal challenges of cyber and digital worlds in the context of cyber security;
  3. Interpret and contextualise the legal rules, professional ethics and policies specific to cyber security; and
  4. Analyse and track current global trends and issues related to cyber security and policy.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 30%
Analytical responses drawing on examples and content discussed in class. Ex Set :15% Ex Set 2: 25%
Assessment type: Poster
Grade: 40%
Analysis & presentation of a selected Case Study
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 30%
Team based group Report & presentation

Required reading

Reading material will be provided by the instructor in class and through VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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