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FSCT 7220 - Introduction to Computer Crime Studies

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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Course Details

This course will provide the student with an introduction to the use of computers in policing. The material will be broken down into five sections: 1. Computing fundamentals and computer history; 2. Networks, networking technologies, the Internet; 3. Security technologies, tools and techniques; 4. Computer crime, investigative techniques, forensic examination; and 5. Administrative computing in the police environment. The course will provide an overview of these areas and provide enough information to allow investigators to make intelligent decisions when confronted with computer systems, computer-based crime, proposals for new computing projects, or to assist their agencies in working with the community.


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



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Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the history of computing and be aware of the fundamental components upon which all modern computers are based.
  • Understand the fundamentals of computer networks and the Internet.
  • Understand current computer security technologies and their vulnerabilities.
  • Relate legal issues to computing and telecommunications technology, and identify potential legal issues emerging from computer-based cases.
  • Describe common investigative methods of forensic investigators.
  • Describe the capabilities of some new communication technologies, and their potential both for policing and for criminals.
  • Understand the administrative aspects of computers in policing and the methods used to design and implement new IT projects.
  • Discuss the future of information technology, current technical and policy initiatives, and the cultural implications of computerized society.

Effective as of Fall 2004

Related Programs

FSCT 7220 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Investigation (General Criminalistics Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate


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