KF7000 - Advanced Digital Forensics

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will develop your technical skills to a more advanced level. You will focus on researching issues relating to the advanced forensic examination and analysis of the current challenges within the digital forensic area. In addition you will have to ascertain how guidelines and practice concerned with the integrity of digital evidence in the securing, recovering and analysing of that evidence can be maintained. Finally the ethical issues and professional requirements highlighted through your research will be explored and critically evaluated.

How will I learn on this module?

Learning and teaching will take place through a variety of mechanisms, including lectures, practical sessions, and guided research into current developments and issues.
The digital forensics subject area is continuously evolving resulting in the need to keep up-to-date with new developments and changing practices. In order to maintain the currency of the syllabus, you will be expected to undertake research in a topic currently relevant to the digital forensic subject area. Topics will normally be introduced in lectures and explored through practical and guided learning activities. You will be encouraged to fully utilise the independent learning skills developed throughout the programme and plan your own research activities.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lecturers and tutors will offer you guidance on studying and what they expect of you. Feedback will be via your classroom based sessions, however further informal feedback can be arranged. You can access a number of University resources and guidance for example, how to study effectively, write assignments, revise for your exams and avoid plagarism.

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. Identify and critically discuss current research topics relevant to digital forensic practitioners and appraise how the core concepts, knowledge and practice of digital forensics has developed through research.
2. Distinguish appropriate digital forensics tools and techniques for the advanced analysis of problems identified by current research.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Undertake research in a topic relevant to the digital forensics subject area and effectively communicate the findings.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Explore and critically evaluate the ethical issues and professional requirements highlighted through research.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a single piece of coursework which assesses all of the Module Learning Outcomes. Following the identification of a current research topic you will carry out research that is at the forefront of digital forenics and effectively present your findings in a research paper.
Formative feedback is provided throughout seminar sessions.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

You will focus on researching issues relating to the advanced forensic examination and analysis of the current challenges within the digital forensic area. In addition you will have to ascertain how guidelines and practice concerned with the integrity of digital evidence in the securing, recovering and analysing of that evidence can be maintained. Learning and teaching will take place through a variety of mechanisms, including lectures, practical sessions, and guided research into current developments and issues. Topics will normally be introduced in lectures and explored through practical and guided learning activities. You will be encouraged to fully utilise the independent learning skills developed throughout the programme and plan your own research activities. Following the identification of a current research topic you will carry out research that is at the forefront of digital forensics and effectively present your findings in a research paper.

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 City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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