INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER FORENSICS

CSE3CFN

2020

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.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJill Slay

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CSE2NEF

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Investigate and validate data hiding and collect evidence of cyber attacks in data systems and networks

Activities:
Lectures and self-directed activities introduce concepts such as data hiding, evidence collection in the context of computer forensics. These concepts are reinforced in laboratory work, and applied in assignment work
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

02. Articulate ethical and legal considerations in the documentation of forensic evidence

Activities:
Lectures discuss ethical and legal considerations including evidence collection, data storage and documentation related to computer forensics
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

03. Analyse common digital evidence with physical forensic evidence tools

Activities:
In lectures students learn to articulate digital evidence collection and storage using practical forensic evidence tools. These concepts are further reinforced in laboratory work.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Design traffic analyses that are required to perform forensic Investigations of digital systems

Activities:
Lectures discuss traffic analysis in the context of computer forensics and how this analysis helps collect evidence against computer crime or theft.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJill Slay

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Computer Laboratory Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Written Report on current evidence collection and data hiding techniques (equivalent to 500 words)15 01, 02
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 presentation20 02, 04
Forensic case-study: group written task (equivalent to 1500 words per student)25 03, 04
One 2-hour final exam (equivalent to 2000 words)40 01, 03, 04