KF5005 - Principles of Digital Security and Forensics

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What will I learn on this module?

You will have the opportunity to analyse and examine digital security and forensic case studies using the latest industry specialist utilities and tools, giving invaluable hands-on practical use. Learning and teaching will take place through a variety of mechanisms. Topics will be introduced in lectures and discussed through seminar activities and guided learning activities. The theoretical material on digital security and forensics will be re-enforced through the critical analysis and discussion of case studies in seminar sessions as well as sessions on the use of security and digital forensics tools in the analysis of chosen case studies in lab-based practical sessions.

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 schedule.

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. Communicate and present written investigative findings.
2. Evaluate how the core concepts, knowledge and practice of digital security and forensics have developed through research.
3. Analyse and evaluate the professional requirements and to critically discuss the challenges facing the security and digital forensics practitioner.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Identify and evaluate findings obtained from digital security or forensics investigations and apply appropriate legal and procedural principles to that evidence.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Communicate and present written investigative findings in such ways that they meet the expected standards.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment requires students to investigate a mock case study culminating in the production of a formal written report.

Formative feedback opurityies opportunities will take place throughout the semester. Module learning objectives will be tested via a problem-based case study investigation. All MLOs will be assessed.

Summative feedback will be provided 20 working days after the submission.

Pre-requisite(s)

Introduction to Computer Security and Forensics
20 Credits

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

You will have the opportunity to analyse and examine digital security and forensics case studies using the latest industry specialist utilities and tools, giving invaluable hands-on practical use. 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. You will be assessed via a written formal report, requiring you to undertake research in a prominent area of digital security or forensics and associated technology.

Course info

UCAS Code G4W2

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 2020

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