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Session2,3
Session2,3

Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Provides students with digital forensic and professional investigative processes using advanced cybersecurity knowledge. Students will learn about tools and techniques for gathering evidence, analysing data and writing investigation reports in a variety contexts, as well as the related laws and regulations. Students will research recent developments in digital forensic techniques.

Unit content

Topic 1: Digital forensics and investigations as a profession

Topic 2: The investigator’s space and environment

Topic 3: Data acquisition

Topic 4: Processing crimes and incident scenes

Topic 5: Digital forensic tools

Topic 6: Computer forensic analysis and validation

Topic 7: Report writing for high-tech investigations

Topic 8: Laws and ethics for the expert witnesses

Topic 9: IoT forensics

Topic 10: Operating Systems forensics

Topic 11: Virtual machines and network forensics

Topic 12: Recent trends in digital forensic techniques and processes

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 conduct digital investigations that are based on the accepted professional investigative process: identification, preservation, examination, analysis and reporting
2 utilise effectively appropriate tools to gather and analyse forensic data from a variety of sources, including network hardware and software
3 communicate effectively the results of a computer, network and/or data forensic analysis to audiences of both technical and managerial background.
4 interpret and appropriately apply the laws and procedures associated with identifying, acquiring, examining and presenting digital evidence
5 conduct research and critically evaluate recent advances in the methods and techniques employed in digital forensics

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. conduct digital investigations that are based on the accepted professional investigative process: identification, preservation, examination, analysis and reporting
  2. utilise effectively appropriate tools to gather and analyse forensic data from a variety of sources, including network hardware and software
  3. communicate effectively the results of a computer, network and/or data forensic analysis to audiences of both technical and managerial background.
  4. interpret and appropriately apply the laws and procedures associated with identifying, acquiring, examining and presenting digital evidence
  5. conduct research and critically evaluate recent advances in the methods and techniques employed in digital forensics

Prescribed texts

  • 1. 6th Edition by (Author) : Nelson, B, Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations, 6th edn.

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.