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Information Security Consulting (ISYS90070)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeISYS90070
Winter Term
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


This subject introduces a range of information security consulting services typically provided by leading management consultants in industry. The subject will cover the fundamental principles and practice of security risk assessment, incident response and disaster recovery, knowledge leakage, systems and network security, and policy and culture. Students will develop an appreciation for the kinds of consulting services that can be developed and marketed to industry in each of these areas. Consulting techniques in proposal writing, pricing, and marketing to prospective clients will also be discussed.

This subject supports course-level objectives by allowing students to have in-depth knowledge of the specialist area of information security management. The subject’s assessment tasks include the writing of a comprehensive consulting proposal and research into critical security issues faced by organizations. These tasks will encourage students to work in a team to develop a high-level of achievement in writing, research activities, and presentation skills.


Security principles and techniques discussed are: Models for understanding knowledge leakage, Security Risk Assessment Methods including OCTAVE, Firewall and VPN security scenarios, SANS Incident Response Methodology. Real world cases will be drawn from a range of organization types including critical infrastructure installations in Australia.

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Identify a range of opportunities for information security consulting in organizations
  2. Develop and document a competitive business proposal to undertake information security consulting services inside an organization
  3. Describe a high-level strategy for managing an organization’s information security issues
  4. Appreciate the critical role of information security in organizations and the controls available for enforcement

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Have in-depth knowledge of a specialist area through exposure and study of information security areas of knowledge
  • Reach a high level of achievement in writing, research or project activities problem-solving and communication through the writing of a comprehensive consulting proposal
  • Team-work, through working on a group project.
  • Report-writing skills
  • Presentation skills

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • One group based seminar presentation of a research paper (10%) with 5-6 group members of approximately 20 minutes duration, requiring 13-15 hours of work per student. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 3 and 4 are addressed in the research paper presentation.
  • One group based seminar paper (20%) with 5-6 group members of approximately 3000 words (5 to 6 students) seminar paper, requiring 25-30 hours of work per student. ILOs 3 and 4 are addressed in the seminar paper.
  • One group based presentation of the seminar paper (10%) with 5-6 group members of approximately 10 minutes duration, requiring 13-15 hours of work per student. ILOs 3 and 4 are addressed in the seminar paper presentation.
  • Demonstration of individual expertise in class discussions (10%), requiring13-15 hours of work. ILO 4 is addressed in class discussions.
  • One individual consulting proposal (50%) of approximately 4000 words, requiring 50-60 hours of work. ILOs 1 and 2 are addressed in the consulting proposal.

Dates & times

  • Winter Term
    Principal coordinatorAtif Ahmad
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours
    Total time commitment200 hours
    Teaching period29 June 2019 to 27 July 2019
    Last self-enrol date 1 July 2019
    Census date12 July 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail19 July 2019
    Assessment period ends27 August 2019

    Winter Term contact information

Time commitment details

200 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts


    Recommended texts and other resources

    A range of readings will be provided during the course, including current articles and reports.

  • Subject notes

    Learning and Teaching Methods

    The subject is delivered over three weekends in 6 hour classes where each class contains a series of lecture presentations, collaborative discussion and activities, and self-study of research related articles.

    Indicative Key Learning Resources

    Students will have access to lecture slides as well as a range of research articles and real-world cases will be provided through the subject LMS site.

    Careers/Industry Links

    This subject is relevant to students pursuing management consulting careers as well as IT professionals in general. Students will be studying real-world security challenges to organizations and developing realistic consulting proposals. The lecturer is formerly a security consultant and guest speakers from industry will also be invited.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 29 May 2019