Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus due to COVID border closures. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA and include which of the below criteria applies:

  • You are a student who is currently offshore and unable to enter Australia.
  • You are a student in Australia who is impacted by state or regional border closures.

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CITS5016 CISSP Certification

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification is aimed at industry security professionals to certify knowledge in eight domains: Information Security and Risk Management; Asset Security; Security Engineering and Architecture; Communication and Network Security; Identity and Access Management; Security Assessment and Testing; Security Operations; and, Software Development Security.

Training for this certification would take place through UWA and provide practitioners with the background knowledge and understanding to take the CISSP certification exam. The certification exam is an external exam administered through ISC2 ( Taking this training through UWA would enable the students to benefit from UWA support and unit credit in addition to preparing for the certification exam.

There are extra fees associated with this unit.
Students are able to (1) apply fundamental concepts and methods related to the fields of information technology and security; (2) determine how to protect assets of an organization as they go through their lifecycle; (3) explain the concepts, principles, structures and standards used to design, implement, monitor and secure operating systems, equipment, networks, applications and those controls used to enforce various levels of confidentiality, integrity and availability; (4) implement system security through the application of security design principles and appropriate security control mitigations for vulnerabilities present in common information system types and architectures; and (5) mitigate risks to an organization's operational endeavours and by assessing specific threats, vulnerabilities and controls.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) test 1; and (3) test 2. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor David Glance
Unit rules
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
tbc (estimated cost - tbc).
Contact hours
7 hours per day for 5 days
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