COIT12201 - Electronic Crime and Digital Forensics
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This advanced unit provides students with a broad understanding of electronic crime and digital forensics in investigations of electronic criminal activities. This multi-disciplinary unit covers areas of computer and Internet technology, electronic crime, digital forensics procedures and tools, methods of using digital evidence in justice and legal issues in digital forensics. Completion of this unit enables students to pursue careers and further study in this relatively new profession.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: (COIT11233 or COIT11238) and (COIT13147 or COIT12206)

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 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

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 Undergraduate 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. In-class Test(s) 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 50%

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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  • Review of Grade Procedure
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  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

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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
Weekly quizzes need reminder if not attempted within the deadline. Students feedback In our next offering, we may incorporate a reminder on last day of due date.
Assignment 2 uses a real scenario but requirements need more detail Students feedback In our next offering, assignment two requirements should include more detail to assist students further.
Broader focus of lab tools to cater tools from operating systems other than windows Students feedback We may incorporate some Linux based tool in our future offerings, if our lab facilities support it.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Define electronic crime and digital forensics.
  2. Describe the role of digital forensic professionals in investigation and prevention of electronic crime in business environments.
  3. Apply a systematic approach to a digital investigation.
  4. Explain the procedures required for the capture, recording and analysis of events in digital forensic investigations.
  5. Appraise the legal issues involved in a forensic investigation and in current professional forensic practice.
  6. Prepare a design and report for a digital forensic investigation.

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:

  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • Problem Management (PBMG)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • System Design (DESN)
  • Service Desk and Incident Management (USUP)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication      
2. Problem Solving      
3. Critical Thinking          
4. Information Literacy        
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence          
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - In-class Test(s)          
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations
Author/s: B Nelson, A Phillips, C Steuart Year: 2016
Edition: 5th Publisher: Cengage Learning
City: Boston State: Massachusetts
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Lab Manual for Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations
Author/s: A Blitz Year: 2016
Edition: 5th Publisher: Cengage Learning
City: Boston State: Massachusetts
Country: USA
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note:

The "Lab Manual for Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations 5th edition" is bundled with the prescribed textbook "Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations 5th edition" from the bookstore.

Check that you have the Lab Manual to be used in workshop activities. Both books have accompanying CDs.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • 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)
  • OSForensics
  • ProDiscover Basic
  • Autopsy
  • Mini-WinFE,
  • WinHex
  • AccessData Registry Viewer,
  • FTK Imager
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 CoordinatorBiplob Ray (b.ray@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 10-07-2017

Understanding the Digital Forensics Profession and Investigations

Chapter 1

Week 2 17-07-2017

Forensic investigation examples and the Investigator’s Office and Laboratory

Chapter 1 and Chapter 2

Assessment 1: online Moodle quiz 1 - all students

Week 3 24-07-2017

Data Acquisition

Chapters 3

Assessment 1:online Moodle quiz 2 - all students

Week 4 31-07-2017

Processing crime and incident scenes

Chapter 4

Assessment 1:online Moodle quiz 3 - all students

Week 5 07-08-2017

Digital forensics tools

Chapter 6

Assessment 1:online Moodle quiz 4 - all students

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Understanding Windows, Linux and Macintosh Systems

Chapter 5 and Chapter 7

Assessment 1:online Moodle quiz 5 - all students

Week 7 28-08-2017

Recovering Graphic Files

Chapter 8

Assessment 1:online Moodle quiz 6 - all students

Week 8 04-09-2017

Digital Forensics Analysis and Validation

Chapters 9

Assessment 1:online Moodle quiz 7 - all students

Week 9 11-09-2017

Virtual Machine Forensics, Live Acquisitions, and Network Forensics

E-mail and Social Media Investigations

Chapters 10 and Chapter 11

Assessment 1:online Moodle quiz 8 - all students

Week 10 18-09-2017

Mobile Device Forensics

Chapter 12

Assessment 2 :

Practical and Written Assessment - investigate a digital case using Digital Forensic tools and report your findings Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

Cloud Forensics and Report writing

Chapters 13 and Chapter 14

Assessment 1:online Moodle quiz 9 - all students

Week 12 02-10-2017

Ethics and Final Exam review

Chapter 16 and exam advice

Assessment 1:online Moodle quiz 10 - all students

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Assessment 3: Examination, All Students

Exam Week 16-10-2017

Welcome to Term 2 2017!

During the term, if you are enrolled in a campus class, please contact the respective conducting lead lecturer on that campus with your questions. Their Unit Contact details are found on the unit page on Moodle ("Information" box, top left column). Distance students should contact me if you have any questions which are not suitable to be asked through the unit forums.

There is much reading to cover during the term, so you are encouraged to get your recommended textbook early, and not miss any classes and assessments. I look forward to your active participation in class and through the forums.

Have an enjoyable term!

Dr. Biplob Ray (b.ray@cqu.edu.au) Unit Coordinator - T2, 2017 COIT12201 Electronic Crime and Digital Forensics

Ph: +61 7 4037 4734 | X 54734

1 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

The weekly Online Moodle Quizzes are to complement the theoretical knowledge learned from the lecture/textbook. It provides students with practice exercises in the weekly tutorial/workshop related to the coverage of lecture notes.

  • There are 10 weekly Online Moodle Quizzes scheduled in the tutorials/workshops from week 2 to week 9 and week 11 to week 12
  • In each tutorial/workshop, students are required to firstly complete their hands-on lab exercises using the computer forensics software available in the designated lab (or downloaded from the unit Website on Moodle and/or installed in your laptop), and then answer a few questions relevant to weekly content to completed exercises.
  • Each test is worth 2 marks.
  • The test is open book implying that the students are allowed to consult the prescribed textbook, lab manual, lecture notes, and notes prepared by the student.
  • There may be a time limit to finish the test.

For on-campus students, you are expected to finish the test under the supervision of your lecturer or tutor during the tutorial/workshop. No discussion or interaction between the students is allowed.

Distance students - you should consult the unit coordinator during week one for a mutually agreed means (a specific day and time) for this assessment.

More detail instructions regarding the test will be provided weekly on the unit Website on Moodle during the term.

Assessment Due Date From week 2 to week 9 and week 11 to week 12 each week online via Moodle
Return Date to Students From week 2 to week 9 and week 11 to week 12 each week online via Moodle
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The students are assessed mainly against their ability to:

1. understand weekly content covered in lecture.

2. identify link between lecture content and lab activities

3. determine the best course of action for a specific investigation scenario

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

On-campus students: Relevant quiz will be opened during tutorial time by your lecturer/tutor. Distance students: unit coordinator will arrange time in week-1.

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

1. Define electronic crime and digital forensics.

2. Describe the role of digital forensic professionals in investigation and prevention of electronic crime in business environments.

3. Apply a systematic approach to a digital investigation.

4. Explain the procedures required for the capture, recording and analysis of events in digital forensic investigations.

5. Appraise the legal issues involved in a forensic investigation and in current professional forensic practice.

6. Prepare a design and report for a digital forensic investigation.

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

2. Problem Solving

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment - investigate a digital case using Digital Forensic tools and report your findings
Task Description

This assessment is divided into two parts:

Part A: Practical (Hand-on) investigation (50%)
Part B: Write a report detailing your practical investigation in Part A and findings/outcome/conclusion/assessment based on this investigation (50%)

The assessment requires you to

  1. investigate a case using digital forensic tools that you are legally allowed to use
  2. write a report that will detail your investigation process, tools, and techniques
  3. analyses the case based on your investigation and present your findings/outcome/conclusion/assessment in the report
  4. detail the legal and ethical issues involved in a forensic investigation,

Details about this assessment are available on Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Online via Moodle
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017)
Online via Moodle
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The students are assessed mainly against their ability to:

1. apply the digital forensics methodologies

2. identify right tools and techniques

3. report the finding in a clear and cohesive manner

4. identify legal and ethical issues relevant to the investigation

5. conduct investigation by adhering the legal and ethical issues

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Group submission

1200+ words excluding references

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

1. Define electronic crime and digital forensics.

2. Describe the role of digital forensic professionals in investigation and prevention of electronic crime in business environments.

3. Apply a systematic approach to a digital investigation.

4. Explain the procedures required for the capture, recording and analysis of events in digital forensic investigations.

5. Appraise the legal issues involved in a forensic investigation and in current professional forensic practice.

6. Prepare a design and report for a digital forensic investigation.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - Complete exam
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Open Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Define electronic crime and digital forensics.

2. Describe the role of digital forensic professionals in investigation and prevention of electronic crime in business environments.

4. Explain the procedures required for the capture, recording and analysis of events in digital forensic investigations.

5. Appraise the legal issues involved in a forensic investigation and in current professional forensic practice.

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

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice


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