Module Title:Penetration Testing
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: As well as traditional lectures learners will undertake various laboratory exercises. Learners will be expected to actively participate in class and work throughout each scheduled lab session to accomplish assigned tasks.
Module Aim: To provide learners with a theoretical knowledge and the practical skills of security testing and documenting the security posture of software applications and underlying infrastructure, with particular emphases on web technologies.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Appraise and exploit the most prevalent software application security vulnerabilities.
LO2 Produce documentation of activities performed during testing such that vulnerability exploitation is repeatable.
LO3 Produce and justify actionable results with information about possible remediation measures for the successfully identified vulnerabilities.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
System Reconnaissance
Reconnaissance, footprinting, google Hacking, network and application scanning tools, enumeration techniques and tools.
System Hacking & Techniques
Hacking web-servers, hacking web applications, OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) top ten vulnerability categories, hacking wireless networks, hacking mobile platforms, vulnerability exploitation, vulnerability scanning tools, social engineering, session hijacking.
Countermeasures and Evasion
Countermeasure bypass and Evasion techniques
Produce documentation of vulnerability analysis. Promote and recommend appropriate protection/vulnerability mitigation measures.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Examination on content up to week 10 1,3 10.00 Week 10
Examination Examination on content up to week 4 1,3 10.00 Week 4
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project based on content covered in practical’s. 1,2,3 40.00 Week 12
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam The terminal exam will be a 3 hour written test. 1,2,3 40.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_KCCYB_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Cyber Crime and IT Security 5 Mandatory
CW_KCCYB_D Bachelor of Science in Cybercrime and IT Security 5 Mandatory