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Defensive Cyber Security and Procedures ZAT219


In this unit, you will learn about the procedural nature of cyber security and the tools defined by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). You will analyse the effectiveness of threat and vulnerability mitigation through use of contemporary cyber security frameworks. You will be exposed to mitigation strategies, operational controls and countermeasures needed to address various threats and vulnerabilities. Upon completion of this unit you will be able to apply your cyber security knowledge with the relevant tools and techniques to support and make improvements to business operations. In conjunction with the discipline theory, 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 Defensive Cyber Security and Procedures
Unit code ZAT219
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
University College
Discipline STEAM
Coordinator Mr Lachlan Hardy
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse cyber security tools techniques and assets to identify and characterise threats and vulnerabilities in dynamic situations.
  • Apply cyber security tools, techniques and methodologies to design and implement mitigation strategies and countermeasures.
  • Evaluate and reflect on the effectiveness of penetration testing, mitigation strategies and countermeasures to generate professional recommendations.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
029900 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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Teaching Pattern

Two to three on campus practical sessions per semester (2-3 hours per session). 

AssessmentAT2 Defensive Incident Response Plan (40%)|AT3 Forensic Analysis Report (35%)|AT1: Malware Analysis and Defense Report (25%)
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