COIT20267 - Computer Forensics
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The rapid growth of the Internet and computers usage have led to various electronic crimes that require the urgent need for computer investigations. This unit equips students with a broad understanding of electronic crimes and computer forensics investigation. The content is structured so as to provide students with the practical knowledge of computer forensics and to enable students develop the necessary skills in investigating electronic criminal activities using available digital forensics tools. Specific topics including electronic crime, digital forensics procedures and tools, methods of using digital evidence in justice, and legal issues in digital forensics are covered in the unit. If you have successfully completed unit COIS23002 you cannot take this unit.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: COIT20261 Network Routing and Switching

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 35%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 45%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
No extension on the first assessment item Self-reflection Indicate in the unit profile, in the Task Description component, that extensions cannot be granted for the online quiz assessment because answers will be released to students upon completion of the quiz.
Australia and U.S. Jurisdiction Self-reflection and student feedback The unit should highlight and compare the differences between U.S. and Australian laws on criminal procedure and privacy.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the different types of electronic crime and the need for a computer forensics investigation.
  2. Analyse the role of computer forensic professionals in enabling successful investigation and prevention of electronic crime in business environments.
  3. Apply a systematic approach in a digital investigation through the conduct of computer forensics procedures and the use of computer forensic tools.
  4. Analyse the necessary steps required for collecting, storing, analysing and validating digital evidence.
  5. Critically evaluate the different methods of recovering evidence from files and explain how to determine feasible methods.
  6. Identify the legal issues involved in a computer forensic investigation.
  7. Apply current industry best practices for analysing computer forensic case scenarios.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.
ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html
This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:
  • Data analysis (DTAN)
  • Database/repository design (DBDS)
  • Testing (TEST)
  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • Application Support (ASUP).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Practical and Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills  
4. Research  
5. Self-management              
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership              

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)          
2 - Practical and Written Assessment        
3 - Practical and Written Assessment        

Prescribed Textbooks

Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations: Processing Digital Evidence
Author/s: Nelson, B., Phillips, A. and Steuart, C. Year: 2016
Edition: Fifth Publisher: Cengage Learning
City: Boston State: MA 02210
Country: United States of America
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Computer forensic software and student data files (with "Lab Manual for Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations (4th ed)" by A. Blitz)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorSantoso Wibowo (s.wibowo1@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to digital forensics

Chapter 1

Week 2 13-03-2017

Digital investigation environments

Chapter 2

Week 3 20-03-2017

Data Acquisition

Chapter 3

Week 4 27-03-2017

Processing crime and incident scenes

Chapter 4

Week 5 03-04-2017

Digital forensics tools

Chapter 6

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Digital forensics analysis and validation

Chapter 9

Online Quiz Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Understanding Windows and DOS Systems

Chapter 5

Written Assignment 1 - Presentation and Comparative Study Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Understanding UNIX/Linux Systems and Recovering Graphics Files

Chapter 7 & 8

Week 9 08-05-2017

Mobile Device and Cloud Forensics

Chapter 12 & 13

Week 10 15-05-2017

E-mail and social media investigations

Chapter 11

Week 11 22-05-2017

Digital forensics report and professionalism

Chapter 14 & 16

Week 12 29-05-2017

Expert Testimony

Chapter 15

Written Assignment 2 - Case Study Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz
Task Description

This quiz has 40 multiple choice questions relating to the unit material of Weeks 1 to 5, covering Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 of the prescribed textbook. The quiz is open book implying that the students are allowed to consult the prescribed textbook, lecture notes and their own notes.

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

1. The quiz will be available on the Unit Website on Moodle in Week 6.

2. Detailed instructions about the quiz will be provided on the Unit Website on Moodle.

Submission Online

Attempt online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the different types of electronic crime and the need for a computer forensics investigation.

2. Analyse the role of computer forensic professionals in enabling successful investigation and prevention of electronic crime in business environments.

4. Analyse the necessary steps required for collecting, storing, analysing and validating digital evidence.

6. Identify the legal issues involved in a computer forensic investigation.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assignment 1 - Presentation and Comparative Study
Task Description

This assignment has two parts.

The first part requires you to research on existing computer forensic tools and apply the suitable computer forensic tool to evaluate a real case problem. More specifically, you will be asked to:

1. Identify different computer forensics tools for computer investigations.

2. Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the computer forensics tools.

3. Demonstrate the suitability of the chosen computer forensic tool to evaluate a real case scenario.

The second part requires you to carry out a comparative study on Australian and American laws on criminal procedure and/or privacy.

A detailed assignment specification will be made available on Moodle from Week 4.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

You are assessed mainly against:

1. Providing a thorough analysis on available computer forensic tools.

2. The justification of using a specific computer forensic tool.

3. Discussion on the application of the computer forensic tool for dealing with the real case problem.

4. Presenting the analysis and findings in the report.

5. Knowledge and understanding on criminal procedural and privacy laws.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit as per instructions on the Moodle unit website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the different types of electronic crime and the need for a computer forensics investigation.

2. Analyse the role of computer forensic professionals in enabling successful investigation and prevention of electronic crime in business environments.

3. Apply a systematic approach in a digital investigation through the conduct of computer forensics procedures and the use of computer forensic tools.

4. Analyse the necessary steps required for collecting, storing, analysing and validating digital evidence.

5. Critically evaluate the different methods of recovering evidence from files and explain how to determine feasible methods.

6. Identify the legal issues involved in a computer forensic investigation.

7. Apply current industry best practices for analysing computer forensic case scenarios.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assignment 2 - Case Study
Task Description

The purpose of this assignment is to produce a report based on a given case study. In this assessment, you will be specifically asked to:

1. Apply the computer forensics methodologies.

2. Write an analysis of a case study.

3. Prepare an outline of a professional computer forensic plan.

Details of the case study, the questions, what you are required to submit and guidelines for approaching the assignment will be available on Moodle unit website.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Written assignment 2 marks will be released at the Certification of Grades.
Weighting 45%
Assessment Criteria

You are assessed mainly against:

1. The justification of using the computer forensic methodology and approach.

2. Providing the resources required for a digital forensic investigation, including the skill set of team members and the tools.

3. Outlining an approach for evidence identification and acquisition.

4. Outlining the steps to be taken during the analysis phase.

5. Presenting the full investigative report.

Further details are available on Moodle.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit as per instructions on the Moodle unit website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the different types of electronic crime and the need for a computer forensics investigation.

2. Analyse the role of computer forensic professionals in enabling successful investigation and prevention of electronic crime in business environments.

3. Apply a systematic approach in a digital investigation through the conduct of computer forensics procedures and the use of computer forensic tools.

4. Analyse the necessary steps required for collecting, storing, analysing and validating digital evidence.

5. Critically evaluate the different methods of recovering evidence from files and explain how to determine feasible methods.

6. Identify the legal issues involved in a computer forensic investigation.

7. Apply current industry best practices for analysing computer forensic case scenarios.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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