Courses & Units

Concepts and Procedures for Cyber Security ZAT219

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


This unit familiarises you with cyber security penetration testing and mitigation strategies for business.  The unit starts by examining penetration testing tools as defined by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).  The unit then examines common threats and vulnerabilities, and how penetration testing tools and techniques encapsulated within Kali Linux can enumerate these. Along the way the unit also examines the mitigation strategies, operational controls and countermeasures needed to address the threats and vulnerabilities.  You will apply this learning in practice by working in a group to complete a cyber security consultancy for an industry partner.  By the end of the unit, you will be better prepared to apply cyber security knowledge to support and make improvements for business.


Unit name Concepts and Procedures for Cyber Security
Unit code ZAT219
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Technologies

Dr Luke Mirowski

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 4 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 4 On-Campus Off-Campus Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 4 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 4 12/10/2020 2/11/2020 17/11/2020 18/12/2020

* 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. Uses cyber security penetration testing tools and techniques to identify and characterise threats and vulnerabilities for business.
  2. Applies cyber security tools, techniques and methodologies to design and implement mitigation strategies and countermeasures.
  3. Evaluates and reflects on the effectiveness of penetration testing, mitigation strategies and countermeasures to facilitate continuous improvement outcomes
  4. Apply discipline based skills and knowledge in dynamic practice situations
  5. Analyse and communicate core concepts related to discipline knowledge and practice
  6. Analyse and evaluate applications of innovative and/or entrepreneurial practice
  7. Develop and communicate understandings related to graduate attributes and transferable skills as adaptive practitioners



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: Practical skills portfolio (30%)

AT2: Online quiz (30%)

AT3: Project Report (40%)

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