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UCS8014 Building a Cyber Resilient Workforce

8W Teaching Period 5, 2021 Online
Short Description: A Cyber Resilient Workforce
Units : 0.25
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 020399 - Information Systems not elsewh
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Scott Sorley


A cyber resilient culture detects and responds positively to the continually evolving cyber threat landscape. Organisational cyber security culture influences the cyber resilience of the organisation. This course explores how to make people aware of the cyber threat, why they don’t behave in a secure way even when they know the risk, and how incentive strategies and culture development can be used to improve cyber resilience. Real world examples from multiple industries are used to illustrate key principles.


The minicourse provides an understanding of cyber resilient culture and how it is constituted within a business context. The minicourse specifically looks into how employees' awareness of cyber security and cyber threats could be built as well as how their non-cybersecure behaviour could be changed, both as requirements of a desired cyber culture.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. research and review sources of specialist human behavioural knowledge relating to cyber security, and how these can be applied towards improved cyber security resilience (CIS8710 LO4)
  2. interpret, articulate and communicate complex issues relating to building cyber resilience (CIS8710 LO5).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to cyber resilience: This topic explores cyber resilience within organisations discussing the three required components of it being how to make employees aware, how to encourage an individual’s behaviour and how to cultivate a good cyber culture 25.00
2. Awareness: This topic looks at the importance of cyber security awareness among an organisation’s employees, and discusses how the development of cyber security campaigns as an educational strategy 25.00
3. Behaviour: This topic looks into the behavioural aspect of cyber security issues and how insecure behaviours could be changed 25.00
4. Organisational culture and affecting change: This topic discusses the cyber culture within an organisational culture context and how a strong cyber culture could be cultivated 25.00

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Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
No reference materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 10.00
Directed Study 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSESSMENT 1 50 100 08 Oct 2021 (see note 1)

  1. The assessment for this minicourse is due in Week 7. Students have access to the learning platform for a total of 11 weeks.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grade for the full course will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each mapped minicourse, once all assessments have been successfully undertaken.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
• conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
• forms part of CIS8710 Human Factors in Cyber Security.

and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include
(i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs,
(ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and
(iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. There are 4 minicourses at 0.25 credit point that map to 1 full course. To receive credit for this minicourse into the full course, students must successfully pass the assessment. Once all 4 mapped minicourses have been successfully completed, a credit into the full course applies.

Date printed 8 October 2021