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FSCT 8520 - Internet for Investigation

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

The Internet consists of about ten billion pages of information yet many investigators and analysts make only superficial use of this amazing resource. This course was designed for those who need to search more aggressively and use information more carefully than the general public. The intention of this course is to turn those who already have some computer and Internet experience into power users of the Internet and to reveal how the Internet can augment their traditional investigative methodology. It covers not only technical issues, but includes how to formulate good search strategies and mine the Invisible Web. Students develop and refine their search skills in the first half of the course. The second half introduces tools and techniques to make searchers more efficient, effective, and secure. The course concludes with a module on cybercrime.


Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.





Spring/Summer 2015

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2015 term.

CRN 63404

Wed Apr 08 - Wed Jun 24 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 08 - Jun 24 Wed 18:00 - 21:45 DTC Rm. 372



Course Outline





  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. There is no textbook required. For departmental approval, please contact Julia Dreyer, Program Assistant at Forensic Dept, at ( For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit: .

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Obtain open source information through the Internet relevant to investigations;
  • Trace websites and email;
  • Protect their identity and the integrity of their systems & data while on-line;
  • Utilize a selective list of hundreds of high-value web sites relevant to investigators;
  • Assess information obtained via the Internet for accuracy and bias;
  • Wrest full value from open source information through media analysis;
  • Profile individuals from their newsgroup postings and email messages;
  • Conduct limited searching of commercial on-line databases;
  • Use link diagrams and other techniques to organize and analyze the information retrieved; and
  • Describe how both criminals and law enforcement are using the Internet.

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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