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Offensive Cyber Security and Penetration Testing ZAT215

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This unit introduces you to the practical approaches taken in Red Teaming – simulating aggressors in a cyber security penetration testing environment. The unit will be practical task focused and allow you to explore the penetration testing process from inception to completion with a focus on three key areas: Legal and Ethical considerations; conducting penetration testing; and reporting findings. This unit builds on concepts of learning through practice in Year 1 of study by introducing you to more complex learning experiences. You will be introduced to: - discipline-based skills and knowledge in dynamic practice situations. This will include authentic and purposeful, industry-related experiences - concepts of managing effective relationships and communicating with others - the development and use of adaptive leadership skills and how these skills relate to innovative and entrepreneurial practice - the nature of responsible, accountable and reflective workplace skills, and creative and critical thinking relevant to para-professional practice. You will exercise self-awareness, initiative and judgement to manage yourself and professional relationships effectively. The application of tacit knowledge and capabilities will be reflected in a Practice Manual


Unit name Offensive Cyber Security and Penetration Testing
Unit code ZAT215
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
University College
Discipline Applied Design, Science and Technology
Coordinator Mr Lachlan Hardy
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Analyse the legal and ethical aspects of offensive cyber security
  • 2. Apply the basic steps of penetration testing
  • 3. Communicate information from a penetration testing process

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
029900 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,648.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Two hour tutorials weeks 1 - 3 and 5 – 9 and 10 - 12 

AssessmentAT1: Penetration Testing Agreement (20%)|AT2: Report: Testing in SImulated Environments (35%)|AT3: Debrief and Report (45%)
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