COIT12201 - Electronic Crime and Digital Forensics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.1% response rate.

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.

Source: Students evaluation feedback and co-lecturers email.
With the introduction of the 6th edition of the Textbook, students faced software resource incompatibility issues to complete the assessments.
MindTap eLearning resource is recommended for use to overcome the issues related to required software resources to complete the lab exercises and the assessments.
Action Taken
The unit adopted MindTap eLearning resource (virtual lab) for tutorial exercises this term.
Source: Students evaluation feedback.
Assignment 2 due date should be moved to after all relative content to assignment 2 is covered in class (ethics).
Teach contents related to ethics prior to due date of assignment 2.
Action Taken
The unit topics will be restructured in the next offering to teach ethics prior to the assignment due date.
Source: Students evaluation feedback and teaching team observation.
Students appreciated the quality of the unit and the hands-on labs through MindTap.
Maintain the quality delivery of the unit; continue using MindTap for tutorial activities.
Action Taken
Source: Students evaluation feedback and UC observation.
Students struggled to locate the forensics tools required for the group assignment.
Provide download links for the required forensic tools.
Action Taken
Source: UC observation.
The material on ethics required for the group assignment was not covered early enough.
The unit will be restructured to cover ethics earlier.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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