Advanced Cybercrime Investigation – CJUS 542

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course focuses on latest trends and best practices associated with Cybercrime investigation contexts, processes, and procedures.  Key legal, technological, and procedural challenges will also be addressed.




Cybercrime activities leave a trail of incriminating evidence. In this course, the prospective examiner or police executive will focus on learning tools, techniques, and procedures for detecting cybercrime and analyzing collected data related to prior and ongoing cyber offenses. The focus will be on forensic approaches that preserve the legal value of the collected evidence. This aligns with the mission of Liberty University; “To develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact tomorrow’s world.”

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the ethical issues of various forms and degrees of criminal behavior in cyberspace
  2. Identify the ethical responsibilities of Information Assurance professionals
  3. Identify the different roles of law enforcement, politics, court decisions, corporate influence and consumer attitudes surrounding issues of digital forensics, search and seizure, chain of custody, and the balance between privacy and lawful intrusion.
  4. Evaluate a variety of core digital forensics technical skills including (but not limited to): the use of commercial and open source digital forensic tools and applications; finding hidden or deleted data in Windows, Linux, and Mac systems on diverse media (hard drives, SSD, USB, memory, etc); and applying those skills to computers, tablets, phones, and other digital devices.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The student will participate in 4 Discussion Board Forums. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will post an original thread of 400 words or more. Three additional sources beyond the course material (i.e., textbook, readings, and presentations) are required for the original thread. Then, the student must reply to at least 2 peers’ threads in 150 words or more. Two additional sources beyond the course material are required for each reply.

Problem Papers (3)

For Problem Papers 1 and 3, the student will write a 10-page response to a specific problem in cyber crime and digital forensics. The situation for the particular paper will be provided in the directions for this assignment. A response template will be provided to the student to reduce confusion as to what is required for the particular assignment. Each problem paper must utilize at least 6 significant, technical, scholarly, peer reviewed scholarly resources. The paper must follow current APA format. 

For Problem Paper 2 (the Biblical Worldview Problem Paper), the student will write a short essay that critically examines a particular workplace problem associated with cyber crime where a Biblical Worldview should be internalized and expressed in the life of the cyber crime professional. The paper should be at least 9 pages. The student must utilize at least 4 significant, technical, scholarly, peer-reviewed resources. The paper must properly follow current APA format.

Tests (3)

The student will have 3 tests during this course. Each open-book/open-notes test will be composed of 20 true/false, multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions and will have a 1-hour time limit.