CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT12201 Electronic Crime and Digital Forensics
Electronic Crime and Digital Forensics
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General Information

Overview

This advanced unit provides you with a broad understanding of electronic crime and digital forensics in investigations of electronic criminal activities. In this unit, you will learn digital forensics procedures and tools, methods of using digital evidence in justice and legal issues in digital forensics. You will use industry leading software tools to conduct your own forensics investigation on realistic case studies. Completion of this unit enables you to pursue careers within an electronic crime investigation unit of law enforcement agencies, government departments, and businesses.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: (COIT11233 or COIT11238) and (COIT13147 or COIT12206)

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Brisbane
Cairns
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. In-class Test(s)
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Take Home Exam
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Students evaluation feedback and teaching team observation.

Feedback

Students appreciated the quality of the unit and the hands-on labs through MindTap.

Recommendation

Maintain the quality delivery of the unit; continue using MindTap for tutorial activities.

Feedback from Students evaluation feedback and UC observation.

Feedback

Students struggled to locate the forensics tools required for the group assignment.

Recommendation

Provide download links for the required forensic tools.

Feedback from UC observation.

Feedback

The material on ethics required for the group assignment was not covered early enough.

Recommendation

The unit will be restructured to cover ethics earlier.

Unit Learning Outcomes
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 the capture, recording, and analysis of events in a digital forensic investigation
  4. Discuss the legal issues involved in a forensic investigation and in current professional forensic practice
  5. Prepare a design and report for a digital forensic investigation.

The 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:

  • Digital forensics (DGFS)
  • Network Support (NTAS)
  • Penetration testing (PENT)
  • Problem Management (PBMG)
  • Data Analysis (DTAN)
  • Service Desk and Incident Management (USUP)

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - In-class Test(s) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Take Home Exam - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - In-class Test(s) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Take Home Exam - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations 6th edn (2018) (2018)

Authors: B Nelson, A Phillips, C Steuart
Cengage Learning
Florence Florence , KY , USA
ISBN: 9781337568944
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Both paper and eBook versions can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

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)
  • MindTap - Cloud based virtual lab integrated in Moodle unit website
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Jahan Hassan Unit Coordinator
j.hassan@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Understanding the Digital Forensics
Profession and Investigations

Chapter

Chapter 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Forensic investigation examples and
the Investigator’s Office and
Laboratory

Chapter

Chapter 1 and Chapter 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Data Acquisition

Chapter

Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1( In-class test): Online Quiz 1

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Processing crime and incident scenes

Chapter

Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Digital forensics tools

Chapter

Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1( In-class test): Online Quiz 2

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Understanding Windows, Linux and
Macintosh Systems

Chapter

Chapter 5 and Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Recovering Graphic Files

Chapter

Chapter 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1( In-class test): Online Quiz 3

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Digital Forensics Analysis and
Validation

Chapter

Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Virtual Machine Forensics, Live
Acquisitions, and Network Forensics
E-mail and Social Media Investigations

Chapter

Chapter 10 and Chapter 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1( In-class test): Online Quiz 4

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Mobile Device Forensics

Ethics

Chapter

Chapter 12 and Chapter 16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 (Written Assessment) Digital Forensic Investigation Due:
Week 10 Friday 11:45 PM AEST


ASSESSMENT ITEM 2: DIGITAL FORENSIC INVESTIGATION Due: Week 10 Friday (24 Sept 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Cloud Forensics and Report writing

Chapter

Chapter 13 and Chapter 14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1( In-class test): Online Quiz 5

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Reflection and exam overview


Chapter

Reflection of topics covered in Weeks 1-11, and exam advice

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title
ASSESSMENT ITEM 1: ONLINE QUIZZES

Task Description

The Quizzes are to complement the theoretical knowledge learned from the lectures/textbook. They provide you with exercises to practice your knowledge and skills of the related topics.

  • There are five (5) weekly Online Moodle Quizzes on Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
  • Each quiz is worth 4% of the total grade.
  • The quizzes are open book, implying that you are allowed to consult the prescribed textbook, lab manuals, lecture notes, and notes prepared by you.
  • There will be a time limit to finish the quiz.

Detailed instructions regarding the quizzes will be provided on Moodle during the term.

This assessment is to be done on an individual basis.


Assessment Due Date

Week 3, week 5, week 7, week 9 and week 11; online via Moodle unit Website


Return Date to Students

Week 3, week 5, week 7, week 9 and week 11; online via Moodle unit Website


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The students are assessed against their ability to:

1. understand the weekly content covered in lectures,

2. identify the links between lecture content and lab activities,

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

There will be no extensions allowed for any of the quizzes.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Online via Moodle Website

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Define electronic crime and digital forensics
  • Discuss the legal issues involved in a forensic investigation and in current professional forensic practice


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
ASSESSMENT ITEM 2: DIGITAL FORENSIC INVESTIGATION

Task Description

This assessment is divided into two parts:

Part A: Practical (Hands-on) investigation (50%) {To be included it the written report}.
Part B: Written report detailing the practical investigation in Part A and findings 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. analyse the case based on your investigation and present your findings in the report,
  4. Discuss the legal and ethical issues involved in a forensic investigation.

Details about this assessment will be available on Moodle unit Website.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (24 Sept 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Online via Moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021)

Online via Moodle


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

The students are assessed mainly against their ability to:

1. apply the digital forensics methodologies

2. identify appropriate tools and techniques

3. report the findings in a clear and cohesive manner

4. identify legal and ethical issues relevant to the investigation

5. conduct an investigation in a legal and ethical manner.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
Online via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the role of digital forensic professionals in investigation and prevention of electronic crime in business environments
  • Apply a systematic approach to the capture, recording, and analysis of events in a digital forensic investigation
  • Discuss the legal issues involved in a forensic investigation and in current professional forensic practice
  • Prepare a design and report for a digital forensic investigation.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Take Home Exam

Assessment Title
ASSESSMENT ITEM 3: TAKE-HOME EXAM

Task Description

Refer to the Moodle unit website for details.


Assessment Due Date

Take-home exam will be held during the Term-2 examination period. Specific date and time to be advised via Moodle.


Return Date to Students

Grade/Mark will be released after certification


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

Refer to the Moodle unit website for details.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Refer to Moodle unit website for details.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Define electronic crime and digital forensics
  • Describe the role of digital forensic professionals in investigation and prevention of electronic crime in business environments
  • Apply a systematic approach to the capture, recording, and analysis of events in a digital forensic investigation
  • Prepare a design and report for a digital forensic investigation.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

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