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Introduction to Forensic Evidence Imaging and Acquisition FSCT 7509

Forensic Investigation Course

Course details

This hands-on course aims to introduce the student to the basics of how to acquire sound forensic evidence from the most common digital devices found today. From laptop/desktop computers, mobile phones, tablets, servers, USB drives, RAID arrays or proprietary CCTV DVR's; each device type often requires a unique combination of techniques and forensic tools to capture a forensic image that can be used for evidentiary purposes.


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





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of FSCT 7509 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 90474


Tue Jan 10 - Tue Apr 04 (13 weeks)

  • 13 weeks
  • CRN 90474
  • $808.05
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 10 - Apr 04 Tue 18:00 - 21:45 Downtown DTC


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This offering is for students who have been accepted into a Forensics program and it is also exclusively reserved for the Digital Forensic & Cybersecurity PTS COHORT students. Students who are not currently accepted in a Forensics program or, if this course is NOT part of your program matrix, please contact the Program Assistants for departmental approval at For information on Forensic programs and courses, please visit:


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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Outline how data is stored and the different types of data storage devices.
  • Outline the various methods that can be employed to create a forensic image from a variety of digital storage devices.
  • Select the best method of forensic evidence collection to be implemented for a given device.
  • Practice removing the physical storage device from a variety of digital devices without compromising the integrity of the host device.
  • Conduct evidence acquisition from both live and dead systems.
  • Conduct RAM acquisition.
  • Execute the acquisition of a complete forensic image using different forensic tools on a variety of devices (tablets, mobile phones, CCTV DVR, Desktop/laptop computer, server).

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2017

Related Programs

Introduction to Forensic Evidence Imaging and Acquisition (FSCT 7509) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Investigation (Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  2. Forensic Investigation (Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Option)
    Bachelor of Technology Full-time/Part-time


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