Courses & Units

Ethical Hacking ZAT215

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


This unit introduces ethical hacking and penetration testing techniques. You will learn to evaluate industry-based ethical dilemmas, undertake investigative tasks and perform cyber-attacks on various machines and applications. 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.


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

Nicholas Youl

Teaching staff

Nicholas Youl, Ana Lobo

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


International students
Domestic students

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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 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify, processes, toolsand techniques forethical hacking
  2. Use discipline-specific methods to perform ethical hacking
  3. Evaluate the ethical and legal constraints of hacking
  4. Applycyber-security principles to communicate innovations or solutions in dynamic practice situations



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

AT2: Online Investigation and Reflection (40%)

AT3: Security Test Report (40%)

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