The unit provides the knowledge and skills to examine concepts and operation of an executable (exe) file and an assembler instruction set, principles of the software development process and software vulnerabilities. The unit also develops skills in writing and reading scripts, utilising software troubleshooting techniques and finally, examining the principles of writing secure code.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - Articulating relevant issues encountered in the work environment - Performing calculations in binary and hexadecimal number systems - Reading and accurately interpreting documents and reports - Operating a personal computer - Applying problem solving methodologies - Installing and using software packages - Interpreting and writing scripts - Preparing technical documentation - Communicating with colleagues and line managers - Writing software scripts - Interpreting software scripts Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - Fundamentals of computer architecture - Microprocessor instruction sets - Registers and stacks - Fundamentals of assembler programming - Concepts and operation of bytecode - Compilers, interpreters and linkers - Process of compiling a program - Tools and environments utilised to write programs - Structure and operation of an exe file - Methods used to infect exe files - Software testing methodologies - Software troubleshooting techniques - Operating system tools to protect code - Methods of code execution in virtual images - Introduction to the procedures to reverse engineer code

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