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Online postgraduate cybersecurity short courses

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Duration

2–4 weeks

Cost per short course

$300–$1,700

Total credit points

5–10

Individual short course level duration, fees and credit points can be found in the course list below.

Course benefits

  • Experience an innovative cybersecurity education
  • Short courses are made to fit into your life
  • Apply new skills to your current role

Build your cybersecurity knowledge with study that fits around your life

Completing our online short courses is a great way to gain crucial skills in a flexible format so that you can advance in your cybersecurity career sooner.

What makes La Trobe University’s short courses unique is that they are stackable. Via successful completion of multiple specified relevant short courses, you can gain advanced standing for recognised prior learning for up to half the credit points required for completion of the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Cybersecurity at La Trobe.*

What makes us unique

Top-rated global university: La Trobe is in the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide according to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022.

Innovative cybersecurity education: Our Cyber Security Research Hub is a leader in the field worldwide and brings you access to the highest quality teaching, research, and career opportunities.

Discover postgraduate cybersecurity short courses

Below is a list of short courses that are currently available for postgraduate-level students.

5CP

Analyse and critically evaluate the functionality of several computer hardware and software types and guide your next steps in IT.

Upon successful completion of this short course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify and critically evaluate functions of the main hardware components of computers.
  • Analyse and evaluate the requirements and functionality of different types of software.
  • Critically examine simple problems and develop spreadsheets to model these problems.

Next start date: To be confirmed

Fees: $850 for a total of 5 credit points

Duration: 2 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Gain familiarity with the most commonly used programming languages, and apply basic programming constructs.

Upon successful completion of this short course, you’ll be able to:

  • Analyse a simple data processing problem to correctly identify both the data and high-level processing involved.
  • Apply the basic programming constructs of sequence, selection, and iteration to develop code that solves simple data processing problems.


Next start date: To be confirmed

Fees: $850 for a total of 5 credit points

Duration: 2 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Learn how to fundamentally manage data and design a relational database using EER diagram, transformation and normalisation to ensure your data is organised in a way that is easily understood by a range of audiences.

Upon successful completion of this short course, you’ll be able to:

  • Design a relational database using an ER or EER diagram and use a transformation process to map the ER or EER diagram to a relational database design.
  • Evaluate database design in terms of data anomalies and redundancies by applying the appropriate normalization techniques.
  • Evaluate the possible risks and ethical and social considerations relevant to designed systems.

Next start date: 2 May 2022

Fees: $850 for a total of 5 credit points

Duration: 2 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Understand how networks work so that you can identify defence mechanisms for your network. Configure and test state-of-the-art industry networking devices.

Upon successful completion of this short course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe fundamentals of networking and apply this knowledge to solve networking problems.
  • Analyse the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model and TCP/IP models and compare the operation and performance of various layers in each.
  • Configure and test state-of-the-art industry networking devices that meet network requirements and achieve optimal performance.

Next start date: 18 July 2022

Fees: $850 for a total of 5 credit points

Duration: 2 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Examine the mindsets and motivations behind the hacker persona. This course will also brief some of the most commonly used tactics for a network breach.

Upon completion of this short course, you’ll be able to:

  • Critically analyse hacker typologies, mindsets and motivations.
  • Critically analyse the various tactics that hackers use in breaching communication networks.


Next start date: 18 July 2022

Fees: $850 for a total of 5 credit points

Duration: 2 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Learn about cyber threats and vulnerabilities and how organisations manage these in proportion to the risk that they pose.

Upon completion of this short course, you’ll be able to:

  • Establish a framework and approach to risk assessment.
  • Identify and evaluate the components of risk assessment.

Next start date: 18 July 2022

Fees: $300 for a total of 5 credit points

Duration: 2 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online, self-paced learning. Access the course content and assessment tasks when it suits you, for up to 12 months.

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Get an introduction to the importance of ethics in IT and acquire the essential tools and knowledge to develop a personal ethical framework.

Upon successful completion of this short course, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply ethical theory to analyse ethical dilemmas in IT and business through debate.
  • Develop a personal ethical framework for IT practice incorporating awareness of cultural and global issues.

Next start date: 18 July 2022

Fees: $850 for a total of 5 credit points

Duration: 2 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Explore foundational information for strong built-in security in a programming and algorithms environment.

Upon completion of this short course, you’ll be able to:

  • Construct solutions to programming problems using algorithms and flowcharts.
  • Transform algorithms and flowcharts into source codes to produce working programs.
  • Analyse syntax and logical errors in source codes.


Next start date: 18 July 2022

Fees: $850 for a total of 5 credit points

Duration: 2 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Develop the skills and knowledge you need to identify, analyse and respond to cyberattacks and threats.

Upon completion of this short course, you’ll be able to:

  • Analyse systems and networks to identify security flaws and vulnerabilities and design access control mechanisms.
  • Analyse and apply cryptographic algorithms and the underlying mathematical structures.
  • Critically review and analyse the current security protocols.


Next start date: 5 September 2022

Fees: $850 for a total of 5 credit points

Duration: 2 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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10CP

Become more efficient by learning to analyse the purpose of major network components and determine and fix common computer network issues. Gain in-demand technical expertise in HTML, CSS and PHP for web development.

Advancing on the learning outcomes in Computer Hardware and Software, you’ll be able to:

  • Differentiate between main types of computer networks and explain the purpose of major network components including any advantages and disadvantages of different data communication media.
  • Design and construct basic web pages using HTML and style sheets based on specific requirements.
  • Develop and interpret simple database tables, queries and reports based on specific requirements.

Next start date: To be confirmed

Fees: $1,700 for a total of 10 credit points

Duration: 4 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Learn how to design and develop Python programs for complex cybersecurity problems such as malware analysis, spam scanning, and penetration testing tasks.

Advancing on the learning outcomes in Programming Fundamentals, you’ll be able to:

  • Use basic data structures such as lists and dictionaries to solve more complex data processing problems.
  • Organise code into functions and understand basic functional programming concepts.

Next start date: To be confirmed

Fees: $1,700 for a total of 10 credit points

Duration: 4 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Learn how to use SQL queries to efficiently retrieve data and understand and evaluate the possible cyber risks and ethical and social considerations relevant to designed systems.

Advancing on the learning outcomes in Introduction to Database Design, you’ll be able to:

  • Implement database systems using SQL and advanced PL/SQL including stored procedures and triggers.
  • Explain the underlying model of relational database operations using relational algebra.

Next start date: To be confirmed

Fees: $1,700 for a total of 10 credit points

Duration: 4 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Develop skills in building small home networks to larger-scale networking, how to choose the correct network technology to address performance bottlenecks and how to secure a network using firewalls.

Advancing on the learning outcomes in Introduction to Digital Networks, you’ll be able to:

  • Design appropriate addressing schemes to solve problems across different network sizes using different approaches.
  • Analyse and compare the operation and performance of various network protocols.
  • Employ professional skills to debug and troubleshoot errors in different LAN sizes using different methodologies.

Next start date: To be confirmed

Fees: $1,700 for a total of 10 credit points

Duration: 4 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Explore various business models and value chains behind hackers’ activities, including security practices from a business point of view. This course also explores various methods and mechanisms of reducing data breaches.

Advancing on the learning outcomes in The Psychology of Hacking, you’ll be able to:

  • Deconstruct and critically analyse the profit models and value chain behind hackers’ activities.
  • Critically evaluate standard business security practices from the viewpoint of a hacker.
  • Recommend processes and practices to reduce the likelihood of data breaches.

Next start date: 1 August 2022

Fees: $1,700 for a total of 10 credit points

Duration: 4 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Learn quantitative techniques to assess cyber risk and apply cost models underlying appropriate technical responses.

Advancing on the learning outcomes in Cyber Risk Management Fundamentals, you’ll be able to:

  • Determine cost-effective treatments to manage cyber risk.
  • Assess and monitor risk management outcomes.

Next start date: 1 August 2022

Fees: $1,700 for a total of 10 credit points

Duration: 4 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Understand the importance of entrepreneurship in IT and gain an introduction to the vital business side of IT to drive change and innovation.

Advancing on the learning outcomes in Professional Practices in Information Technology, you’ll be able to:

  • Examine various types of resources to develop and finance an entrepreneurial venture.
  • Write, articulate and present a business plan ready for venture capitalist review.
  • Analyse the legal and IP issues you can encounter during the entrepreneurial process.

Next start date: 1 August 2022

Fees: $1,700 for a total of 10 credit points

Duration: 4 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Learn about various security vulnerabilities and web attacks and the strategies that can be used to prevent them.

Advancing on the learning outcomes in Secure Programming: Requirement Analysis and Design, you’ll be able to:

  • Manage source codes against security vulnerabilities.
  • Evaluate security vulnerabilities in different procedural languages, including web applications.
  • Create source codes to avoid security vulnerabilities.


Next start date: 1 August 2022

Fees: $1,700 for a total of 10 credit points

Duration: 4 weeks

Delivery mode: 100% online learning. Attend optional live learning sessions and interact with peers and instructors through discussion forums and drop-in sessions.

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Please note: Secure Programming: Requirement Analysis and Design is a pre-requisite for Secure Programming: Implementation and Testing.

Frequently asked questions

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With the successful completion of specified relevant credentialed short courses, students may gain advanced standing for recognised prior learning for up to half the credit points required for completion of the Undergraduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Cybersecurity. Students must meet the entry requirements of the award course to be eligible for advanced standing.

Some short courses require prerequisites, so taking multiple courses at a time depends on your unique situation. Speak to an enrolment advisor for more information.

Because our short courses are stackable, you might need to complete one before being able to start another. Speak to one of our student enrolment advisors for more information.

Each short course includes between 5-10 credit points and can be completed in 2-4 weeks.

$850 – $1,700

We welcome students from any background to apply for the undergraduate courses, no matter what your experience.

Our postgraduate short courses are suited to students with existing experience in IT or cybersecurity.

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*Students must meet the entry requirements for the award course.
For short course terms and conditions, please visit La Trobe University Terms and Conditions for Participants.