Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject formulates the procedures related to digital forensic and investigation in a computer and a networking scenario. Students critically appraise the key concepts associated with the data hiding, evidence collection and validation and traffic analysis required to perform forensic analysis in a digital environment. Students learn about the importance of the legal considerations and documentation of forensic evidence. Case studies are incorporated to teach practical forensic tools.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJill Slay

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Investigate and validate data hiding and collect evidence of cyber attacks in data systems and networks
02. Articulate ethical and legal considerations in the documentation of forensic evidence
03. Analyse common digital evidence with physical forensic evidence tools
04. Design traffic analyses that are required to perform forensic Investigations of digital systems

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJill Slay

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Written Report on current evidence collection and data hiding techniques (equivalent to 500 words)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2
Ethical and forensic analysis (Oral presentation 10min, 500 words; written report equiv 500 words) This assignment has two parts: A 500 word written report and a 10 minute oral presentationN/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO2, SILO4
Forensic case-study: group written task (equivalent to 1500 words per student)N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO3, SILO4
One 2-hour final exam (equivalent to 2000 words)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4