This online course will introduce advanced concepts in digital forensics. You will learn a variety of complex and manual digital forensic processes necessary for the understanding of complex digital evidence. You will learn the meaning of various forensic artefacts and how they can be used to support an investigation. You will learn how to overcome various roadblocks to analysis such as the manual recovery of files and accessing encrypted files. You will further hone your ability to report and present digital evidence in a professional manner.
|Learning materials – Asynchronous learning material.||3hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online interactive zoom classes||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
Value of Digital Evidence
Operating Systems an Applications
Digital Device Seizure
700 Level (Specialised)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Demonstrate the differences in various digital technologies and operating systems.||Knowledgeable|
|2||Analyse various encoding schemes, file systems, and applications.||Creative and critical thinker|
|3||Justify digital forensic methodologies and processes.||Knowledgeable|
|4||Collect and examine digital evidence in a safe and sanitary manner.||Engaged|
|5||Produce detailed digital forensic reports and documentation in accordance with ethical and evidentiary requirements.||
|6||Exploit relevant digital artefacts to identify evidential material and solve complex crimes||Creative and critical thinker|
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Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Using marking rubrics, students will participate in continuous peer and self-assessment tasks. Opportunities will be provided during tutorials for peer-review of responses to online tutorial questions.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Practical / Laboratory Skills||Individual||20%||
8 Weeks (Approx 250 - 300 Words per week)
|Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||Online Submission|
|Week 12||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||45%||
|Exam Period||Online Test (Quiz)|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Practical Exercises|
To develop the knowledge and technical skill necessary to undertake digital forensic examinations.
|Product:||Practical / Laboratory Skills|
Submit: Preceding tutorial Each week you will be presented with a short practical or short-answer questions. In practical exercises, you will identify and analyse artefacts by applying techniques learned in the weekly tutorials
|All - Assessment Task 2:Digital Forensic Report|
To develop technical documenting and reporting skills as well as affirm and build upon the technical competency developed throughout the course.
A digital forensic examination report and ancillary files (3000 words). You will be provided with digital examination media and a case study. You will play the role of a digital forensic examiner within the case study scenario which will provide a clearly defined scope for your examination and reporting.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Final Exam|
To demonstrate understanding of digital forensic theory.
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
Students will sit an online exam.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Bill Nelson,Amelia Phillips,Christopher Steuart||2018||Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations||n/a||n/a|
The course contains a large practical component which requires the student to have a computer with the following hardware requirements: A modern Intel or AMD processor with at least 4 logical cores 8GB RAM Minimum 300GB free storage space (for forensic image storage and forensic analysis software installation) A dedicated graphics card. Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1, or Windows 10. You may be required to download files in excess of 50GB.
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