COIT20284 - Cyber Law and Data Governance

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Business and government organisations collect and store data on an unprecedented scale. In parallel to technical and data analytic capabilities, governance and accountability frameworks need to be in place to ensure data is protected from theft or misuse, and the organisations and those who handle data act responsibly. Cyber law relates to any crime that can be committed in cyberspace. This unit provides you with a thorough understanding of protection, management and governance of data in an organisation, ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability. You will consider the data governance strategy and planning of organisations. You will study legal and ethical aspects of gathering, storage and access of data of organisations in accordance with standards set by governments, professional bodies and industry. You will compare and contrast local and international laws concerning cross-border cybercrimes.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assess potential legal and ethical issues of gathering, storing and accessing data
  2. Review organisational mechanisms for the protection, management and governance of data
  3. Create elements of data governance strategy in accordance with national and international standards
  4. Compare Australian and international cyber crime laws.

The Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) defines skills and competencies of ICT professionals. SFIA is used internationally in job descriptions, role profiles and to describe graduate outcomes. This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA 7 (the SFIA code is included):

  • Information governance (IRMG)
  • Information security (SCTY)
  • Data management (DATM)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
2 - Written Assessment