- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 123
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Credit: Yes
Earn transferable credit by taking this course for credit.
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Course SummaryComputer Science 321: Ethical Hacking has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging computer science topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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The objective of this course is to instruct students about the foundations of hacking, port scanning, enumeration and security incident response, among other topics.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows how your overall grade will be calculated.
|Proctored Final Exam||100|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Assignments are intended to assess your application, analysis, and critical thinking skills in relation to the concepts you learn in the course. Two assignments are required for this course. You can access them here.
The assignments for this course involve completing 6 InfoSec Learning Labs. These labs add a completely virtual interactive application component to your coursework where you'll have the opportunity to apply what you learned in a real-world environment. Your work on them will contribute to your final grade.
- All assignment scores will total up to 100 points.
- Your assignment(s) will be graded by a Study.com instructor.
- The instructor will provide a graded rubric for you along with feedback on what you did well and what could be improved.
- If you are unsatisfied with your score, you will be able to revise and resubmit your assignment(s) twice. You are free to resubmit an assignment within two weeks of your most recent exam attempt or at any point if you have an active college accelerator membership.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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- Pen or pencil
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- Textbooks (digital or physical)
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- Notebooks or notes
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The 6 virtual labs that you need to complete in this course give you the opportunity to demonstrate the concepts you've learned in this course in a practical setting. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on each lab experiment and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will need to complete and submit each lab through InfoSec Learning's platform. Instructions on how to do this are included in assignment prompt 3 for this course.
- We will determine your grade based on a combination of your score in the virtual lab environment and on the quality of your written responses to each lab.
- The grade you receive on a lab will be a percentage based on the number of questions you got correct out of the total number of questions in the workbook.
- Once you've completed all 6 virtual labs, your percentage scores will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for lab experiments. For instance, if the average of all your percentage scores is 90%, then you'll receive 36 out of 40 possible points for the lab experiment requirement in this course.
Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Explain the current state of hacking, including ethical and legal implications.
- Identify fundamental TCP/IP concepts and technologies related to networking.
- Analyze how port scanning and fingerprinting are used by hackers.
- Analyze how enumeration is used in conjunction with system hacking.
- Analyze wireless network vulnerabilities and web and database attacks.
- Identify and remove common types of malware from infected systems.
- Identify Trojans, backdoors, and covert communication methods.
- Perform incident handling and defensive technologies.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Computer Science 321: Ethical Hacking consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by ACE for 3 semester hours in the upper division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Computer Science 321: Ethical Hacking by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Computer Science 321: Ethical Hacking final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
- Check out this page for more information on Study.com's credit-recommended courses.
|Introduction to Ethical Hacking||Reviews software testing, cybercrime, encryption and the uses for cryptography.|
|Foundations of Hacking||Explains privilege escalation, communication protocol, the transport layer of the OSI model and detecting network and port scans.|
|Footprinting & Social Engineering||Details the seven-step information gathering process in ethical hacking, competitive intelligence for SEO and attacks in digital crime.|
|Port Scanning in Ethical Hacking||Discusses network scanners, using traceroutes to determine network range and OS fingerprinting.|
|Enumeration & System Hacking||Outlines security for user access in operating systems, the session layer of the OSI model, types of attacks in network security and different file systems.|
|Web Servers & Database Attacks||Describes database hacking, preventing data breaches, database security management and vulnerabilities in web servers.|
|Wireless Vulnerabilities & Cloud Security||Identifies WLAN protocols, WEP network security, wireless network security issues/solutions and short-range wireless communication.|
|Malware, Worms & Viruses||Explains malware, worm viruses, Trojan horse viruses and covert communications and channels.|
|Network Analysis in Ethical Hacking||Explores simple mail transfer protocol, Telnet, SSH and denial of service (DoS) attack techniques.|
|Security Incident Response||Reviews IT disaster planning and recovery, business impact analysis, the chain of custody and federal rules of evidence.|
|Network Defensive Technologies||Outlines different types of intrusion prevention systems (IPS), SSH proxy tunnels, data loss prevention methods and access control.|
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What to Expect For the Exam
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Before taking the exam, all of the following requirements must be met:
|A College Accelerator Study.com membership.|
|Completed all lessons in Computer Science 321: Ethical Hacking course and achieved 100% Quiz Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
|Have available proctored exams in this month of membership.|
|Have not taken this exam three times. (0/3)|
|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
|Please note: Assignments are required to complete this course for credit. You have submitted / required assignments for this course.|
Please meet all of the pre-requirements in the Pre-Exam Checklist in order to take the exam.
Exam Process Details
1. Register For Exam
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2. Download Software Secure
You'll receive an unique access code. Please write this down — you'll need it to take the exam. Then download Software Secure and follow the installation instructions.
3. Take Exam
The exam contains 50 - 100 multiple choice questions. You will have two hours to complete the exam, so don't start until you're sure you can complete the entire thing. And remember to pace yourself!
4. Get Exam Results
We will send you an email with your official exam results within 1 to 2 weeks. If you would like to raise your grade after receiving your exam results, you can retake quizzes with fewer than 3 attempts. You will then need to retake the final exam.
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