Courses & Units

Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking KIT715


This unit provides a practical introduction to the risks and threats that computer systems and networks face, and some of the countermeasures that can be put in place to minimise them. This unit also provides an introduction to ethical hacking which is attempting to penetrate secure systems in order to demonstrate vulnerability so that steps can be taken to mitigate risk. Students will develop an understanding of some of the techniques that can be employed to evaluate the security of, and defend against threats to, computer systems and networks through physical and electronic means.


Unit name Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking
Unit code KIT715
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Information and Communication Technology
Discipline Information & Communication Technology
Coordinator Doctor David Herbert
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain ethical hacking as it relates to cybersecurity, privacy and the law
  • Evaluate cyber threats and risks to computer systems
  • Penetrate specifically approved systems using ethical hacking techniques
  • Defend against cybersecurity threats by applying appropriate countermeasures
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
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Teaching Pattern

Weekly 2hr lecture

Weekly 2hr tutorial - This unit will only offer on-campus tutorials

AssessmentExamination (40%)|Vulnerability Assessment Proposal (20%)|Defence against system attacks (20%)|Ethical Penetration Testing (20%)
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