This undergraduate certificate offers an introduction to information security, analysis of cyber vulnerabilities, and much more.

Key Information


4 months

Intake Dates

February, June, October

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Campus Location

Melbourne  On-campus 

2024 Fees

Not available to domestic students

Domestic International

2024 Fees


Articulation options

Your pathway into an entry-level IT position

This certificate provides you with basic skills to enter the IT industry in an entry level position.

You may also study four more subjects to complete the Cybersecurity stream of the Diploma of Information Technology. With this Diploma you may be eligible for entry to the second year of the Bachelor of Cybersecurity at La Trobe University.

Course structure

What you'll be studying

You’ll need to complete four subjects during your program.


In the modern Internet era, industries and organizations need to be prepared to defend against cyber threats and attacks. Stakeholders should be familiar with basic principles and best practices of cybersecurity to protect their businesses and personal information. In this subject, these principles and strategies for future cyber security are explored. Key topics include information security, ethical and legal practices, mitigating cyber vulnerabilities, and the process of incident response and analysis. The subject introduces the broad discipline of cybersecurity and outlines how to ensure the privacy, reliability, confidentiality and integrity of information systems and mitigate against cyber threats and risks.

Assessment: Test (20%), Quiz (10%), Assignment (20%), Final written exam (50%) 

In this subject, students will be provided with a general and practical introduction to information technology for students in a range of disciplines. This subject will guide students to implement the IT skills to their field of study. It covers: fundamental principles of computer operation, the main hardware components of the computer, data storage and retrieval, introduction to system software, introduction to data communications, computer networks, the Internet; operating systems, file management systems, security, introduction to information systems; application software modules: spreadsheets, database packages, the World Wide Web.

Assessment: Class tests (40%), Final written exam (60%) 

This subject introduces students to analysing, designing, constructing and documenting solutions to programming problems. The students are also introduced to commonly used operating systems and tools used in program development in the Java programming language.

Assessment: Quizzes (5%), Progress and programming tests (20%), Programming assignment (5%), Final written exam (70%) 

In this subject we introduce the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. We also look at OSI and TCP/IP layer models to examine the Page 4 of 4 nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers. The fundamentals of IP addressing and basic concepts of Ethernet will also be studied.

Class tests (30%), Final lab test (20%), Final written exam (50%) 

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