Applied Penetration Testing Fundamentals

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Develop hands-on experience in penetration testing.

Learn how to execute a penetration test to verify the effectiveness of  an organisation's security mechanisms.

This course may be stacked into a Master degree. 


Key facts

Course category
Information Technology and Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity, Master Microcredentials, Security and Risk

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Penetration Testing Fundamentals
Digital Credential

Why this course?

This microcredential builds on skills acquired in Penetration Testing Fundamentals and will give you skills to identify and address security loopholes that can compromise a system.


Together with its companion course, this microcredential can be stacked into a subject for potential advanced standing in the Master of Cybersecurity. 

Course content

Topics include:

  • Open source intelligence (OSINT) and target scanning
  • Vulnerability assessment and system hacking
  • Web and mobile penetration testing
  • Wireless penetration testing and social engineering. 

On successful completion of this course, you wil be awarded a digital credential and earn 10 credit points that can be accumulated with its partner course, Penetration Testing  Fundamentals, to stack into  'Penetration testing principles (CSE5PEN)', a subject within the Master of Cybersecurity. 

Credit for study in this course (advanced standing) is available. This recognises prior study or learning that can be credited towards a qualification, thereby reducing the number of subjects required to complete a course.

You’ll learn:

This microcredential builds on concepts learned in Penetration Testing Fundamentals and will equip you with basic skills in:

  • Using penetration testing methods in system testing to assess vulnerability
  • Review results of penetration testing and report on key findings and recommendations. 

Your study experience

This online course is delivered over 4 weeks.  The total expected time commitment is 80 hours.  

The assessment for this course comprises:

  • Technical report (40%)
  • Practical assessment and report (60%).

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