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FSCT 8520 - Internet for Investigation

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This course will provide students with the latest techniques used to effectively gather online information for investigative purposes relating to persons, companies, and other assets. Students will be introduced to the methods of gathering online intelligence through social media platforms, search engines, and dark web searches. In addition, students will learn how to assess potential counter-intelligence concerns. Particular emphasis will be placed on heightened awareness and the "paper trail" investigators may leave behind when using internet investigation tools. Approaches to maintain privacy and security when carrying out online investigations will also be explored and students will be introduced to a variety of online search methodologies.





Winter 2017

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2017 term.

CRN 47563

Fri Jan 06 - Fri Mar 31 13 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 06 - Mar 31 Fri 18:00 - 21:30 DTC Rm. 475



Course Outline





  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. There is no textbook required and the instructor will distribute the course material in class For departmental approval, please contact Julia Dreyer, Program Assistant at Forensic Dept ( For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: .

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the basis of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Social Media Intelligence (SMINT).
  • Use advanced internet searching tools and techniques to conduct online investigations.
  • Understand advanced web browser usage, and apply techniques for searching the surface, deep, and dark web surfaces.
  • Develop an internet search plan for operational use.
  • Understand operational challenges that face the user when using online information.
  • Demonstrate how to implement the covert usage of social media.
  • Understand the dangers of personal & professional use of social media.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2015

Related Programs

FSCT 8520 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Investigation (Computer Crime Studies Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  2. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  3. Forensic Investigation (General Criminalistics Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  4. Forensic Investigation (Computer Crime Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  5. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology


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