CSCI 511 Digital Forensics

This course covers the basics of digital forensics, including the technical aspects of evidence gathering for legal testimony and usage of digital forensics tools.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Course Guide

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Computing systems are increasingly involved in criminal activity, motivating the need for forensics specialists who understand the tools and techniques required to acquire, examine, and interpret digital evidence. The student interested in cyber security must understand the technical and legal implications of today’s digital world in order to competently promote justice when computer systems are misused. This course will introduce the student to this field of computer forensics and provide a comprehensive foundation for investigating and responding to cyber crime.


Textbook readings and lecture presentations

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Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 350 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words. All assertions in the student’s thread and replies must be supported by course materials, good examples, and thoughtful analysis. The student should be sure to include at least one (1) scholarly resource in the thread, in addition to at least one (1) scholarly resource in one of the replies. There must also be an appropriate incorporation of Judeo-Christian worldview/analysis and biblical principles. All sources must be cited in current APA format.

Lab Assignments (10)

The student will complete labs associated with the course material within the CYBRScore platform. Each lab will have specific instructions for tasks, along with deliverables, to be completed in the virtual lab environment. After successfully completing all steps of a lab, the student should see that he/she has received the lab’s full credit. Each lab allows for multiple attempts and the student’s latest attempt will be used for grading.

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the course material for the module in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, allow for one attempt, contain 8 multiple-choice and true/false questions and 2 short answer questions, and have a 40-minute time limit.

Quiz: Midterm

The midterm quiz will cover the course material for modules 1–4. The midterm quiz will be open-book/open-notes, allow for one attempt, contain 46 multiple-choice and true/false questions and 4 short answer questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.

Quiz: Final

The final quiz will cover all of the course material for modules 5–8. The final quiz will be open-book/open-notes, allow for one attempt, contain 46 multiple-choice and true/false questions and 4 short answer questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.


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