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This unit introduces ethical hacking and penetration testing techniques. You will learn to evaluate industry-based ethical dilemmas, undertake investigative tasks, and perform active and passive cyber-attacks. Participation in tutorial-based security challenges will help further develop skills in vulnerability analysis and will support your assessment tasks. You will develop technical capabilities in ethical hacking, capacity to problem solve ethical dilemmas, and skills and awareness of ethical and legal constraints in industry.

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

Summary 2021

Unit name Offensive Cyber Security and Penetration Testing
Unit code ZAT215
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline STEAM

Nicholas Youl

Teaching staff

Nicholas Youl, Ana Lobo

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate tools and techniques to carry out ethical hacking
  2. Analyse the ethical and legal constraints of hacking
  3. Apply cybersecurity principles to communicate solutions in real life situations






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: Ethical Decision-making – Annotated Process Map (20%)

AT2: Online Investigation and Reflection (40%)

AT3: Sandbox Attack and Report (40%)

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