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Ethical Hacking ZAT215

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


This subject introduces ethical hacking and penetration testing techniques to students. Students will be able to solve problems in ethical hacking. That is, students will perform cyber-attacks to machines and applications with certain security vulnerabilities. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in security challenges and competitions at the national and international levels. Students will be assessed on the basis of their technical capabilities in ethical hacking, their communication skills in speaking and writing, their team-working skills and awareness of ethical and legal constraints.


Unit name Ethical Hacking
Unit code ZAT215
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Technologies

Brianna O'Shea

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 2 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 2 On-Campus Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 2 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 2 27/4/2020 18/5/2020 2/6/2020 3/7/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Identify tools and techniques to carry out penetration testing

2. Analyse and evaluate the ethical and legal constraints of hacking

3. Communicate appropriate cybersecurity principles through speaking, writing and team work

4. Identify, evaluate and use relevant discipline tools and techniques

5. Identify and evaluate relevant behaviours, principles and perspectives in the workplace

6. Use reflective and deliberate thinking to generate plans for self-development

7. Apply practice and discipline based skills and knowledge to communicate solutions to real world problems



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 029900

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Teaching Pattern

Teaching material and tutorial support will be provided weekly through MyLO during the term.

Students will be required to attend two to three on campus practical sessions per term (2-3 hours per session).

Internet access is required for this course as students are required to access study materials provided online through MyLO. Please log into MyLO on the first day of each teaching period.


AT1: Case study - Ethical analysis of hacking incident in chosen industry (30%)

AT2: Security test report (40%)

AT3: Honeypot Practical (30%)

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