Penetration Testing (CMPE578) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Penetration Testing CMPE578 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The objective of this course is to introduce students to penetration testing concepts and common security challenges about penetration testing process.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Review the necessity of penetration testing.
  • Discuss the general concepts about the penetration tests.
  • Describe the common tools used in penetration tests.
  • Discuss the port scanning and exploitation concepts.
  • Discuss the web application and wireless penetration testing.
Course Content Penetration testing concepts, ethical issues in penetration testing, building a testing infrastructure, legal issues with penetration testing, port scanning, vulnerability scanning, exploitation, password attacks, web application penetration testing, wireless penetration testing, reporting of the obtained test results.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to penetration testing Chapter 1 (Text Book)
2 Types of penetration tests and ethical hacking projects, Legal issues with penetration testing Lecture Notes Chapter 1 (Text Book)
3 Reconnaissance Chapter 2 (Text Book)
4 Port scanning Lecture Notes Chapter 3 (Text Book)
5 OS Fingerprinting, Vulnerability Scanning Lecture Notes Chapter 3 (Text Book)
6 Exploitation, Metasploit Framework Chapter 4 (Text Book)
7 Midterm --
8 Password Attacks Lecture Notes Chapter 9 (Text Book-2)
9 Social Engineering Chapter 5 (Text Book)
10 Web Application Penetration Testing Lecture Notes Chapter 6 (Text Book)
11 Web application injection attacks Chapter 6 (Text Book)
12 Wireless Penetration Testing Lecture Notes
13 Wireless password Cracking Lecture Notes
14 Reporting process of the penetration test results Lecture Notes, Chapter 7 (Text Book)
15 Review
16 Review


Course Book 1. The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy, Patrick Emgebretson, Syngress Press, Second edition, August 15, 2013, ISBN-13: 978-0124116443
Other Sources 2. A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking, by Georgia Weidman June 2014, 528 pp. ISBN: 978-1-59327-564-8.
3. Gray Hat Hacking The Ethical Hackers Handbook, 3rd Edition , Allen Harper, Shon Harris, Jonathan Ness, Chris Eagle, Gideon Lenkey (Author), Terron Williams, third edition, January 6, 2011 | ISBN-10: 0071742557 .

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project 1 30
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 35
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 35
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 65
Percentage of Final Work 35
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. X
2 An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. X
3 An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs. X
4 An ability to function on multi-disciplinary domains.
5 An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. X
6 An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
7 An ability to communicate effectively.
8 Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
9 A knowledge of contemporary issues. X
10 An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. X
11 Skills in project management and recognition of international standards and methodologies X
12 An ability to produce engineering products or prototypes that solve real-life problems. X
13 Skills that contribute to professional knowledge.
14 An ability to make methodological scientific research.
15 An ability to produce, report and present an original or known scientific body of knowledge.
16 An ability to defend an originally produced idea.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 2 32
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Project 1 15 15
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 15 15
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 20 20
Total Workload 130