Module details for Digital Forensics 1


This module examines the basic technology and techniques used to investigate cybercrime. A systematic approach to planning and implementing a comprehensive computer forensic investigation is introduced with a particular focus on evidence collection and the reconstruction of events therefrom.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the ability to carry out computer forensic investigations and appraise forensic software with a view to develop appropriate investigation strategies in the light of emerging digital technologies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Understand the principles of computer forensic investigation with regard to the legal definitions of computer misuse.

2.  Devise an appropriate professional level plan for a forensic investigation and carry out this plan within a context of a specific scenario.

3.  Analyse and evaluate the results of a computer forensic investigation.

Indicative Content

1 Computer Crime

Types of computer crime; legislation concerning computer crime.

2 Use of Linux as an investigative environment

Familiarisation with the command-line interface

3 File Systems as a source of forensic evidence

Structure of NTFS, FAT, FAT32, and Linux file systems.

4 Data Acquisition

Procedures for acquiring disk images; collection of evidence from crime scenes, integrity of evidence, write blockers

5 Computer Forensics Tools

Command line tools; Linux tools; Windows tools.

6 Computer Forensic Analysis

Digital forensic toolkits; data hiding techniques; anti-forensics

7 Internet History and Email

Identifying email and browser-derived evidence; examining email headers; using specialist email forensic tools; examining browser histories and cookies.

8 Working with MS-Windows Systems

File system; investigation of the Registry; recovering deleted files; working with forensic boot disks.

9 Computer Forensics Analysis

Methodologies for forensic analysis of systems and the assessment of results. Memory forensics

10 Reporting Results of Investigations

Importance of reports; time-lines; designing the layout of a report.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 39
Assessment 60
Independent 89
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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