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This micro-credential introduces students to cyber law. This course focuses on the Australian legal system and comparative international issues relating to data security, as well as how technology is transforming our society and global relationships. Industry and government need a new breed of professionals who understand the legal, commercial and policy implications arising from the collections and use of personal data.


  1. Introduction and fundamentals of cyber law
  2. Understanding different types and uses of personal data
  3. Legal implications for the use of personal data in business and government
  4. A typology of cyber attack

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Critically evaluate complex legal problems arising from the use of the personal data in different contexts
  2. Identify multiple operational domains created and supported by new technologies and their implications for the use of personal data
  3. Differentiate between types of risk arising from the use of personal data in business
  4. Engage in discussions on cyber law in the context of financial, government and global security

Indicative assessment 

1,200 word Research Blog: 75%; links to Learning Outcomes 1, 4

400 word-equivalent Quiz; 25%; links to Learning Outcomes 2, 3

Assumed knowledge 

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

Micro-credential stack information 

This micro-credential may be undertaken as a stand-alone course or as part of a "stack". The three M-Cs proposed for this “Cyber Law" stack are:

  1. Introduction to Data and Cyber Law - Associate Professor Philippa Ryan
  2. Technology and Information Law - Dr Daniel Stewart
  3. Legal models of Human/Machine Cognition - Associate Professor William Bateman


Course Code: DATA01

Workload: 43 hours 

  • Contact hours: 9 hours
  • Individual study and assessment: 34 hours

ANU unit value: 2 units

Course Code Level: 8000

Contact: Associate Professor Philippa Ryan, ANU College of Law

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification.

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