COMPUTER FORENSICS

CSE5CFN

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the procedures related to computer forensics and digital investigations including formal case management and evidential best practices. The subject will start with an overview of operating system architectures, data structures and file systems. Students will explore the key principles associated with digital forensic processes, data hiding, evidence collection and validation required to perform forensic analysis. The subject will also cover how to conduct technical forensic processes that comply with legal requirements and documentation for forensic evidence, and the use of practical forensic tools.


SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlex Ng

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SMCYC or SMCYB or SMCYL or must obtain Subject Coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe computer architectures and key concepts associated with data structures, evidence collection and validation.

Activities:
Discussed in lectures/modules, reinforced in practical work, and applied in assignment work

02. Demonstrate an understanding of the different forensics tools and techniques used on varying types of hardware, when gathering and analysing digital evidence

Activities:
Applied in assignment work

03. Apply legally-compliant processes and procedures for forensically gathering and analysing digital evidence, and presentation of findings.

Activities:
Conducted in practical work, and applied in assignment work

04. Demonstrate an understanding of cryptography theory and practice used in forensic discovery and analysis.

Activities:
Conducted in practical work, and reinforced in lectures/modules

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlex Ng

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Six 4.0 hours lecture every two weeks on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Computer Laboratory Week: 31 - 43
Six 4.0 hours computer laboratory every two weeks on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1 x 30 minute online test (word equivalence 500)10 01
Written Assignment (word equivalence 1250)20 01, 02, 03
3 hour Exam (3000 words equivalent)50 01, 02, 03, 04
Written Assignment (word equivalence 1250)20 03, 04

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlex Ng

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Consists of online, reading and self-check tests, for self-directed study. All materials will be available asynchronously on the LMS."

Practical Week: 31 - 43
Ten 1.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"Synchronous online practical tutorial supported by practical notes and reading material on the LMS."

Practical Week: 31 - 43
Two 7.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"A compulsory practical workshop of 2 days at the end of the semester will be offered for all off campus students."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1 x 30 minute online test (word equivalence 500)10 01
Written Assignment (word equivalence 1250)20 01, 02, 03
3 hour Exam (3000 words equivalent)50 01, 02, 03, 04
Written Assignment (word equivalence 1250)20 03, 04