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Course Outlines

FSCT 8513 Digital Forensics 1

School School of Computing and Academic Studies
Program Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity Option
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 60%
Start Date January 08, 2021
End Date April 02, 2021
Total Hours 45
Total Weeks 13
Hours/Weeks 3.46
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
Pre-requisites FSCT 7509 and FSCT 7510
CRN 86219

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Instructor Details

Name Ilia Lvovski
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location Online
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

Students will learn how to identify, collect, and preserve digital evidence with an emphasis on evidence collected from the Windows operating system. Topics include fundamental computer forensics principles, information extraction, legal issues, and challenges posed by variations in both data sources and devices. Students will use specialized forensic software to collect and use evidence in a forensically sound manner, to support an investigation. ​

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

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

  • Outline fundamental principles of computer forensics.
  • Preserve digital evidence.
  • Extract data from computers running the Windows operating system.
  • Use forensic software and techniques to analyse digital evidence.
  • Locate and identify required evidence in different investigative scenarios.
  • Assess legal issues around evidence collection, presentation and jurisdiction.

Learning Resources

N/A

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Midterm35
Quizzes25
Final40

Other information

Students will learn how to identify, collect, and preserve digital evidence with an emphasis on evidence collected from the Windows operating system. Topics include fundamental computer forensics principles, information extraction, legal issues, and challenges posed by variations in both data sources and devices. Students will use specialized forensic software to collect and use evidence in a forensically sound manner, to support an investigation.

Course topics

  • Identify, collect and analyze digital forensic evidence.
  • Triage forensic data
  • Perform initial analysis of windows registry.
  • Use a number of specialized forensic tools to conduct a forensic analysis
  • Apply legal principles correctly in complex digital investigations
  • Describe computer forensic process and incident response procedures

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Attempts:
Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.

Approved

I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Ilia Lvovski, Instructor
December 13, 2020

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
David McKay, FSA PTS Administration-122120
December 14, 2020

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Jennifer Talman, Associate Dean
December 14, 2020

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.