What is a Diploma of Cybersecurity?The Diploma of Cybersecurity will equip you with the skills you need for an exciting career in cybersecurity. Designed, developed and delivered by industry, this course ensures you’ll gain the practical, technical and theoretical skills that are in demand amid a global rise in cybercrime.
The course will develop your IT skills, with subjects including programming, data and networking, cloud computing, software engineering and cybersecurity principles. Our human-centric design focus makes this course unique and, upon graduating, you’ll possess the ability to apply cybersecurity principles towards developing ICT solutions that consider ethical and social responsibilities.
- Examine the design and operations of modern computer systems, databases and networks.
- Learn the fundamentals of preventative cybersecurity principles, programs and practices.
- Understand cybersecurity requirements in designing innovative ICT solutions.
- Apply cybersecurity principles in developing secure ICT solutions.
- Learn to develop and present verified and validated software solutions for cybercrime prevention.
- Learn to consider professional obligations, ethics and social responsibilities in line with ICT industry standards.
Curriculum aligned to ACS guidelines
Designed to meet the Australian Computer Society’s Core Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and Cybersecurity Body of Knowledge (CyBOK).
You will be well-positioned to analyse and recommend cybersecurity solutions while utilising agile and design thinking, innovative approaches and problem-solving, applying cybersecurity solutions to real-life situations or working in tech-related fields. The Diploma of Cybersecurity also provides an alternative entry path for further study into the Bachelor of Cybersecurity, Graduate Certificate of Cybersecurity and Master of Cybersecurity courses.
Potential career paths
ICT Security Analyst
Average salary: $70,000 - $105,000
Average salary: $92,000 - $140,000
Average salary: $107,000 - $180,000
Subjects and units
This course comprises of eight core subjects. Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and seven hours self-directed study.
Computer Architecture and Operating Systems | CAO107This subject examines the design, organisation, and operation of modern computer systems from both a hardware and software perspective. The first half of this subject explores the five classic components of a computer system: input, output, memory, data path and control, with the last two making up the processor. We explore the history of computer systems, highlighting the recent change in trend from increasing clock speeds to increasing processor/core counts. We describe how the performance of a computer system can be evaluated, how it has been the driving factor behind progress and why this recent change in trend was necessary. Each of the five classic components are examined in both an abstract sense and by looking at specific real-world examples. We put particular emphasis on the structure, design and operation of modern CPUs, how CPUs differ in design and operation from GPUs, and how memory hierarchies are used to improve performance. The second half of this subject examines how operating systems bring all of these computer system components together in a cohesive way, to allow user programs to interact with these components without needing to know about the low-level details. Students will learn about the structure of a modern operating system, with particular emphasis on processes & threads, memory management, file systems and I/O.
Foundations of Information Systems | MIS100This subject is designed to prepare students for a career in a business information systems field as a Business Analyst (BA). They will gain insight into organisation and functions of a modern computer and communication and software components that support it. Through awareness of potential and limitations of systems and technologies students will work with testing and verifying data, develop confidence and competence in ability to understand, analyse, and apply information technology. The principles and importance of the agile methodology will be applied to the BA space.
Introduction to Programming | ITP122In this subject, students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts and methodologies utilised in programming. Students will develop problem solving skills in order to identify appropriate tools and methodologies to address software requirements. Decision logics and iterative programming will be explored and applied through software coding, debugging and testing on various platforms. Lastly, students will produce and present verified and validated software solutions and documentation to meet project goals.
Data and Networking | MIS102The management of data underpins most aspects of information system at both theoretical and practical levels. Data is often stored in a distributed environment and management requires students to build an understanding of data networking, data communication, MS windows and network administration. This subject sets the foundations for many subsequent subjects in this course.
Cybersecurity Principles | CBS131Cybersecurity Principles lays the foundation for students to apply their software and networking knowledge in order to identify the impact of security threats on contemporary business environments. Fundamentals of cybersecurity will be explored such as cybersecurity attack vectors and available security measures. To complete their learning experience, students will present the outcome of their group investigation into cybersecurity threats and the potential impacts on business outcomes.
Introduction to Software Engineering | ISE102This subject provides an introduction to the ideas and skills foundational to software engineering and will cover the fundamental concepts of programming with a particular focus on learning to use the C++ programming language. Students will gain an understanding of the basic ideas underlying programming and experience developing applications using an integrated development environment (IDE).
Introduction to Cloud Computing | ICC104In this subject, students learn the fundamental elements of Cloud Computing. They identify the building blocks of Cloud Computing including essential characteristics, different service models and how these models differ from each other. In addition, students also develop an understanding of resource pooling and virtualisation in Cloud. They learn about various deployment models in cloud computing and how these deployment models differ from traditional IT deployment models.
User Experience Design | UED100This subject introduces students to fundamental concepts in user experience (UX) design, which include user requirements analysis and modeling, prototype design and development, user-journey maps, usability testing and validation. Students engage with essential front-end design and development concepts and develop software-enabled interfaces using visual elements and interactive components. In addition, students will examine the principles of human interaction and responsiveness with computer-driven systems and the user interface design for variety of media in emerging applications.
Learn with industry standard technologies
International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.
International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.
Industry partners and work placements
Gain professional experience
Gain professional experience as you complete an industry brief, utilising design thinking and putting into practice your learnings.
Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.
Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.
ScholarshipsIf you are truly passionate about Design and Creative Technology, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of Design and Creative Technology scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the Design and Creative Technology industry:
Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet at least one of the requirements listed below.
Australian Year 12 or equivalent
Successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above
Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification
Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.
Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior LearningIf you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.
Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.
Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.
ScholarshipsWe want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.
Before you begin your application to study as an international student, check that you meet all the requirements listed below.
How to apply
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 575 803.
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
Frequently asked questions
How do I apply for a course?Domestic students:
Check the entry requirements for the course you’re interested in and submit your initial application form online to begin your journey at Torrens University Australia.
If you have any difficulty, please contact our Future Student Advisors, who can talk you through the process.
ALL SA/SACE and Victorian high school students must apply through SATAC and/or VTAC. Search for Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design or Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School.
If you are an international student hoping to begin your studies in Australia, study online, or transfer from another university, you may choose to do so through our Education Agents. Our agents are located throughout the world and will make sure the enrolment process runs smoothly. View the full list of International Education Agents. You can also apply online. For anything else, please contact our International team.
Can I get course credit for previous experience?
Yes, course credit is available for most courses upon application and academic approval (excluding Higher Degree by Research programs).
If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Review our Course Credits page or chat to our Future Student Advisors.
What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.
Please speak to our Future Student Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences.
For more information, please visit Course credits.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Torrens University has a wide range of scholarship options to support new, returning, international and Australian students. They all include a reduction in tuition fees, and some scholarships include a mentoring component with our industry partners.
When you speak to our Future Student Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.
For more details, explore our range of scholarships.
What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate. Exceptions may apply to some courses.
What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
If you are a domestic student attending university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees.
You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study (i.e. subject) if you:
- Undertake study with an approved provider.
- Meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
- An Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
- A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
- Are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be a resident in Australia for the duration of the study.
- Enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for the unit.
- Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.
For full details, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.
If you are still unsure, please contact our Future Student Advisors who can talk you through the information.
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