KF6002 - Legal and Evidentiary Aspects of Digital Forensics

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What will I learn on this module?

You willl develop a critical appreciation of the legal and regulatory aspects of a digital forensic investigation. You will also have the opportunity to apply the theory and skills derived from the relevant taught modules on this programme to an advanmced level by solving an extensive and complex case. You will be required to resolve any problems or issues associated with that case as well maintain evidential integrity throughout, document your activities and present your findings to an accepted standards.

How will I learn on this module?

Topics will be introduced in lectures and discussed through seminar activities and guided learning activities. The theoretical material on digital forensic investigations and the relevant legal aspects will be introduced through critical analysis and discussion of case studies in seminar sessions. You will be encouraged to adopt an independent learning style, acquiring and applying knowledge through your own research by a series of guided activities and exercises.

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. Undertake a complete lifecycle of a digital forensics problem including analysis, findings, conclusion and professional opinion.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Critically evaluate the role of the expert witness and the challenges faced by expert witnesses.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
3. Communicate and present investigative findings both written and verbal in such a way that they meet the appropraite standards.
4. Apply the professional responsibilities and duties associated with the resolution of an investigation, in particular the requirement to maintain evidential integrity.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment will be a single piece of coursework which assesses all of the Module Learning Outcomes. You will develop an agreed digital crime scenario and then you will undertake an individual examination, analysis and reporting of a given different scenario. This assessment addresses all of the module learning outcomes.
Formative feedback is provided throughout seminar sessions.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

You will develop a critical appreciation of the legal and regulatory aspects of a digital forensic investigation. You will also have the opportunity to apply the theory and skills derived from the relevant taught modules on this programme to an advanced level by solving an extensive and complex case. Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by the development of an agreed digital crime scenario and then you will undertake an individual examination, analysis and reporting of a given different scenario.

Course info

UCAS Code G4W3

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 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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