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Forensic & Crime Scene Sciences

Digital Forensic Analysis and Cyber Investigation

 
 

Course overview

You discover what it is like to be a digital forensic practitioner and the role they play in criminal investigations where digital devices have been involved. You explore the concept of digital evidence: what it is, where it can come from, and how to analyse it.

You learn through a combination of pre-recorded materials and exercises to complete at your own pace, with a weekly one-hour live session to discuss key concepts and debate core syllabus topics. Tutor support is available throughout the specified weekly times.

Summer university

Start date: Starts Tuesday 8 June, Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Applications open early April.

This course is delivered online. Please check the entry requirements tab before making your application to ensure you meet the entry criteria and have all the minimum equipment necessary to take part.

You can study up to 30 credits at Summer University and you can select up to three modules on the same application form. If you would like to add a module later, or change one of your choices, then please email summer.university@tees.ac.uk.

Age restriction
Due to the content and delivery of this course, you should be 16 at the time of enrolment. If you are under 18 at the time of enrolment you must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form and send to summer.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your application.

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Where you study

This course is delivered online.

 

Course details

What you study

You examine a series of case studies where digital evidence has featured in criminal prosecutions and the role it played in determining any criminal conduct. You explore fundamental digital forensic examination techniques such as file identification and file recovery, with an opportunity for you to attempt these processes using forensic tools.

Topics covered:
- what is digital forensics?
- best practices and processes
- evidence handling
- digital investigatory concepts including deleted file recovery, file identification and artefact analysis
- presentation of evidence
- the law.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by a mock digital forensic examination scenario where you carry out a digital forensic investigation and provide a report describing your findings. There is also a mock online court session where you discuss and defend your findings.

 
 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To get the most from this course, you should have access to a device which runs the open source forensic tools we use, primarily Autopsy - check if Autopsy runs on your system. Windows 10 is recommended.

As this is an online course you need access to a computer and be comfortable learning through an online platform. A strong and stable internet connection is required, and a webcam and microphone to participate in any interactive elements of the course.

International applicants must have an IELTS overall score of 5.5 or higher.

Age restriction
Due to the content and delivery of this course, you should be 16 at the time of enrolment. If you are under 18 at the time of enrolment you must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form and send to summer.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your application.

 
 

Part-time

2021/22 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4 Fees: £50.00
  • Online
  • Start date: Starts Tuesday 8 June, Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks, 6.00pm - 9.00pm