KF6001 - Digital Forensics Investigatory Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

You will aquire knowledge of the legal and evidentiary processes involved in digital forensic investigations, both civil and criminal. You will be taught about the legal processes involved with acting as an expert witness and the admissibility of evidence. Further, you will acquire knowledge of the requirements for corporate investigations and the implications of e-disclosure. You will also learn evidence processing techniques for dealing with large volumes of digital data, a prominent feature of many cases given the availability of large capacity digital storage media.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be taught as a combination of lectures and workshops. The lectures will cover the theoretical knowledge required for you to complete various guided exercises provided during the workshop sessions.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be guided through and provided feedback on exercises during the timetabled sessions as well as attending a series of lectures and seminars covering core teaching topics. In addition, the eLP (electronic learning portal) blackboard will be used to provide extensive supporting material which can be accessed outside of the teaching schedual.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Understand the legal processes involved in cases of digital forensic cases, both civil and legal
2. Aquire an understanding of coporate investigations and stratergys for approaching big-data.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Acquire effective research skills
2. Understand the expectations placed upon a digital forensic expert.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Learn to effectively present evidence in a way which is suitable for this discipline.
2. Acquire communication skills allowing you to discuss technical evidence in a non-technical manner
3. Understand the ethical and professional implications of working in the digital forensic discipline.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on the submission of a research report covering a core topic defined by the module tutor, relevant to the area of study. Formative feedback opportunities will exist throughout the length of the module with seminar and lecture content directly tying in to the assessment. Summative feedback will be provided 3 weeks after submission.

All MLOs will be assessed in the production of the research report. Student knowledge and understanding will be assessed in the production of the report along with their ability to communicate effectively in a written form. The report will asses student research skills and knowledge of the subject area and technical content.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

You will acquire knowledge of the legal and evidentiary processes involved in digital forensic investigations, both civil and criminal. You will be taught about the legal processes involved with acting as an expert witness and the admissibility of evidence. Further, you will acquire knowledge of the requirements for corporate investigations and the implications of e-disclosure. The module will be taught as a combination of lectures and workshops. The lectures will cover the theoretical knowledge required for you to complete various guided exercises provided during the workshop sessions. You will be assessed on the submission of a research report covering a core topic defined by the module tutor, relevant to the area of study.

Course info

UCAS Code G3F4

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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