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Digital Forensic Analysis and Cyber Investigation

 

Course overview

As part of this course you will 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 will be introduced to the concept of digital evidence: what it is, where it can come from, and how to analyse it.

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This course will be 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.

Starts Wednesday 20 January, Wednesdays for eight weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm.

This course contains a combination of pre-recorded materials and exercises to complete at your own pace, with a one-hour live session each week to discuss key concepts and debate core syllabus topics. Tutor support will be available throughout the specified weekly times.

You can study up to 30 credits at Winter 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 let us know by emailing winter.university@tees.ac.uk.

Age restrictionDue to the content and delivery of this course, it is advised that applicants are aged 16 at the time of enrolment. All applicants under the age of 18 at the time of enrolment must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form here and send to winter.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your Winter University application.

Where you study

This course is delivered online.

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Course details

What you study

You will examine a series of case studies where digital evidence has featured in criminal prosecutions and the role it played in determining any criminal conduct. We will discuss 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 will be assessed via a 'mock digital forensic examination scenario' where you will carry out a digital forensic investigation and provide a report describing your findings. This exercise will also include a mock 'online court' session where you will have an opportunity to discuss and defend your findings.

 
 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

As this is an online course it is necessary that you have access to a computer and that you are comfortable learning via an online platform. A strong and stable internet connection is required, and a webcam and microphone will allow you to participate in any interactive elements of the course.

To engage fully with this course, you should have access to a device which runs the open source forensic tools we will be covering in this syllabus, primarily Autopsy - you can check if Autopsy runs on your system here. Windows 10 is recommended.

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

Age restriction
Due to the content and delivery of this course, it is advised that applicants are aged 16+ at the time of enrolment. All applicants under the age of 18 at the time of enrolment must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form here and send to winter.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your Winter University application.

 
 

Part-time

2021/22 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4 Fees: £50.00
  • Online
  • Start date: Starts Wednesday 20 January, Wednesdays for eight weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm