This unit of study aims to provide students with an overview of the discipline of criminology through a presentation of the major theoretical models as well as the application of these models to a variety of criminal justice settings. Students will gain an understanding of the breadth of the field of criminology as well as an appreciation of the importance of theoretical models when developing research and programming within the criminal justice system. The profiles of cybercriminals will be examined in order to develop strategies for early cyber crime prevention.


CYB70004 Cyber Crime


50 credit points

Teaching Periods
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Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Utilise criminological theories to identify and explain the nature and types of cybercrime
  • Critically analyse preventative measures used to analyse and prevent different types of cybercrime
  • Critically review the literature relating to the cybercrime profiling to develop a strategy for the prevention of cyber crime
  • Conduct research into cybercrime based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods
  • Identify and assess the ethical considerations of criminologists engaged in research, work and/or community settings

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 12 weeks 36
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentIndividual 70 - 80% 1,2,3,4,5 
Online DiscussionIndividual 20 - 30% 1,2,5 


  • Nature of cybercrime
  • The application of existing criminal law principles to the detection, investigation and prosecution of cyber crime
  • Markets in hacker services; the organised criminal nature of cyber attacks
  • Online underground economy, the Dark Net and crypto  currencies
  • How nations and states regulate the criminal activity of those persons and organizations located abroad
  • Cybercriminal profiling for cyber crime detection and prevention



Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.